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Focus on Climate Change & Children's Health
April 2023 | Issue 232
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Extreme heat and air pollution affect everyone, but especially kids. Pediatricians Dr. Sheela Mahnke, Dr. Pragya Rai and Dr. Elizabeth Friedman explain why—and how to protect children from health problems fueled by climate change. Go to article. 

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A growing number of families live in areas affected by extreme weather events such as hurricanes, floods and tornadoes. Climate change is making these events more intense and, in some cases, more frequent. Pediatricians Dr. Carol Fonseca and Dr. Rebecca Philipsborn describe ways to prepare and protect your family while taking steps to prevent the worst harms from climate change. Read more.

 Go for a Silly Stroll 

Head outside for a silly stroll! Challenge kids to tiptoe for half a block, turn in circles as they walk, march with high knees, or wiggle their hips and shimmy their shoulders. Then let kids call the shots! It might be fun to trade off being the "leader" with each block! This is a great activity for preschool-age children.

Outdoor play is great for children's health and well-being. Kids play harder outdoors, and so getting them outside can help with motor development and overall physical health.
Read more in this month's Power of Play article, Healthy Outdoor Play Ideas By Age. Find April printable play sheets here.
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