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New project promoting children’s environment and health

HEAL member, The Paediatric Cultural Association (ACP), will launch a project to promote children’s environment and health this month (February). “Let’s give a helping hand for a better world” will be run jointly by ACP and the district of Padua.

The campaign aims to work with young children from 0-6 years and their families to promote awareness of environment and health issues and the adoption of positive environmental health practices.

The project called “Let’s give a helping hand for a better world” aims to demonstrate that small changes by individuals and communities to improve the environment and people’s health can have significant long-term environment and health benefits. The campaign will work across the district of Padua, with some 104 municipalities and a total of 900.000 inhabitants.

The campaign will use specifically tailored ‘tool-kits’ to enhance their messages, such as children’s books, interactive posters. The kits will be distributed to all local authorities for use in schools, public libraries and doctors’ surgeries. Four children’s stories have been created to explain and encourage good environmental health practices and demonstrate how these can easily be achieved..

The ultimate goal of this project is to engage children, their families and communities in small actions that help promote the environment and people’s health. By raising awareness of environment and health issues, the project aims to improve health, reduce climate change, and decrease urban pollution and increase children’s physical activity in the Padua region.

Last updated on 8 June 2011

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