By Deirdre Imus
According to HealthySchools.org, 55 million children attend public and private K-12 schools in the U.S. where poor air quality, hazardous chemicals and other unhealthy conditions can make students sick and compromise their ability to learn.
Whether we are talking about today's chilling winter weather or the hot, hazy days of summer, the indoor air quality (IAQ) found in most schools not only interferes with a child's ability to concentrate, it can also contribute to the spread of illnesses and increase asthma related reactions, both resulting in more school absenteeism.
Affecting students and teachers alike, indoor air pollution can cause headaches, dizziness, respiratory problems, coughing, fatigue, nausea, and trigger allergies.
How can we expect children to learn - or educators to teach - if they aren't feeling well?
In the same way we can improve our own home environment, school indoor air quality is one of the things we can control. One easy way is to encourage your local school officials to switch to safer, non-toxic school cleaners and pesticides. By making this simple and often cost effective change, districts can improve student and teacher productivity, help prevent indoor air quality related ailments, and give our children a healthier learning environment.
Deirdre Imus is the Founder and President of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology (r) at Hackensack University Medical Center and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer. Deirdre is the author of four books, including three national bestsellers. She is a frequent speaker on green living and children's health issues, and is a contributor to FoxNewsHealth.com. For more information go to www.dienviro.com