Public Heath Week 2018: Environmental Health

March 30, 2018

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Public Health Week 2018: Environmental Health
Photo Courtesy: Foutain and Warren County Health Department

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. 

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