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Susie and Jerome Learn about a Healthy Home

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Published on Aug 11, 2013

Good health begins at home. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, most people spend more than 90% of their time indoors, much of that time in their own homes. Ensuring that our homes are healthy and safe—free of toxic household products, mold, asthma triggers, lead paint hazards, tobacco smoke, pests, and safety hazards—can directly improve the health of many people.

Experts have identified seven key features of a healthy home: clean, dry, safe, free of pests, free of contaminants, well ventilated, and well maintained.

In this video designed for young children and the adults who care for them, a girl named Susie, her family, and her goldfish (Jerome) learn the seven features of healthy homes. They also learn some simple ways that both children and adults can apply these principles in their daily lives. Children who view the video are encouraged to take actions to make their own homes as healthy as possible and to enlist the help of the adults in their lives.

This video is based on a book of the same title that was developed by the Healthy Environments for Children Initiative (in the Department of Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut), in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The video production was funded by a generous grant from the Hartford County Extension Council.

For more information, see www.hec.uconn.edu or email hec@uconn.edu.

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