Healthy Tip of The Week (HTW)- May 20 - May 27

GHHEditor May 18th

In order to live a healthy life, many of us try to eat healthy, exercise, meditate and overall do things that are healthy. Sometimes we forget that one of the most important things affecting our health is the quality of the air we breathe every day.

According to a recent study from the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization (LINK HERE), “outdoor” air is considered to be something that can cause cancerwe call this a carcinogen.

Polluted air not only can increase our risk of getting cancer, it can also worsen many health conditions such as asthma.

As a community, there are many steps that we can take to improve our air quality here in Harlem:

  • Building more parks. Did you know that trees and plants help to clean the air and make it better for us to breathe?
  • Get our city to use more natural green energy to lower air pollution (see the latest updates from Harlem’s own WEACT to make our neighborhood cleaner
  • Taking public transportation to reduce traffic and lower vehicle emissions

How can you do to reduce the effects of air pollution for yourself and loved ones?

  • For people with asthma, try to stay inside at times of increased air pollution. Especially in winter when the air can be more polluted, or in summer when the wind can carry dust in the air which hurts your lungs.
  • Also during winter, mold can cause allergies and even breathing problems for people suffering from asthma.
  • Be more energy efficient at home and while commuting

You can be more efficient in using energy by:

  • Using less gas or electricity whenever possible at home
  • Using public transportation or walking
  • Buying energy efficient cars
  • Drinking lots of water. To find out how much water you would need to drink every day click here.

Just as it is important to eat right, exercise and try to be stress free for a good and healthy living, working with city officials and community environmental advocates like WEACT can help us to ensure that we are also breathing cleaner air.

CLICK HERE for more information and tips to how to deal with air pollution and how it affects our health visit. For more information on the clean air from WEACT.

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