There’s been a lot of discussion the past couple of years about the importance of providing children more outdoor experiences.  It doesn’t have to be complicated, just time exploring in the yard or a local park makes a huge difference in my 3-year-old's day.

There are sensible ways to make sure these experiences are memorable, but safe.  And I’m not just talking about helmets for biking and life jackets for canoeing.

It’s also important to remember that children are more vulnerable to many pollutants. That’s why the state Department of Health issues fish consumption advisories every year promoting safe fish eating from Minnesota lakes.  The advisory concentrates on children and women of child-bearing age.

Another important issue is pesticides.  Studies have suggested a link between kids’ exposure to pesticides and behavioral and developmental problems for kids.  State law requires that schools inform parents, by September 15th, of their schedule for applying pesticides in schools and on school grounds.  Being aware of this right to know law can help you make sure your children are protected.

There are other important and simple ways to protect your child.  You can go here for more information from the Health Department.

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