Public Heath Week 2018: Environmental Health
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines environment, as it relates to health, as all the physical, chemical and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors. Environmental factors play a crucial role in a persons health and well-being, potentially more than genetics will.
The environment impacts our health in many ways including:
- Air pollution
- Inadequate water sanitation (hygiene)
- Chemicals and biological agents
- Radiation (ultraviolet and ionizing)
- Community noise
- Occupational risks
- Agricultural practices (pesticide use and waste-water reuse)
- Built environments (housing and roads)
- Climate change
It is vital that we as a society protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat so that we are able to survive in this world.