During the first week of May, hundreds of moms attend a nationwide party. But this was no ordinary party - it was special, different and made an impact in a global kind of way. Healthy Child, Healthy World, a leading nonprofit and resource guide for all things healthy living wanted to get the message out about parenting in a more natural way.
Parents want to be educated about the dangers lurking in and around their homes and want to be in the know on what can be done to protect our most precious gifts, our children. Leaving this to the leading force in the consumer world, moms, Healthy Child, Healthy World invited moms from every corner of the nation to host their own party to educate and introduce others into the world of healthy living.
HCHW was founded by Jim and Nancy Chuda in 1992 after the tragic death of their young daughter. Her fatal form of cancer was found to be linked to pesticide exposure. For nearly 20 years, HCHW has enabled parents to have a resource to help guide them toward a greener, more natural and safer environment in which to rear their children, create healthier communities and foster meaningful conversation.
Three well known moms from NYC decided to throw their own HCHW world party to reach out to friends, family and most of all other moms. While the guests enjoyed healthy snacks, they learned how to create a greener, healthier environment for their families through a lively discussion of the HCHW 5 Easy Steps. The Mom hostesses included: Penelope Jagessar Chaffer, creator of the film, "Toxic Baby", Alysia Reiner, award-winning actress, producer and "green" mama and Paige Wolf, author of Spit That Out!The Overly Informed Parent's Guide to Raising Children in the Ageof Environmental Guilt. Also hosting the party was Dr. Stephen Cowan, author of Fire Child Water Child.
Healthy Child, Healthy World encourages every parent to get involved and their simple slogan of, "No one can do everything, but everyone can do something" and their 5 Easy Steps program.
- Avoid Pesticides: Opt for less toxic pest remedies, practice shoe removal to avoid bringing unwanted toxins into your home and prevent pests through good sanitation.
- Use Non-Toxic Products: Many green products are currently available to scrub and clean both you AND every surface in your home. (Things to avoid: synthetics, phthalates, preservatives, artificial fragrance, preservatives, petroleum, and sulfates.)
- Clean Up Indoor Air: Ventilate rooms each and every day by opening windows (your indoor air quality can be poorer than that of the outside air!), avoid toxic products that produce harmful off-gases, and use green plants as a natural air neutralizer and filter.
- Eat Healthy: Decrease processed food intake, reduce red meat, incorporate more whole grains, nuts, seeds and organic produce.
- Be Wise with Plastics: Reduce plastic consumption especially in food preparation. Choose BPA free containers, reusable ones made from Aluminium to hold purified water, and cook and reheat in glass or lead-free ceramics.
It's not too late to host your own party! Click here to find out how YOU can get involved. For the latest on HCHW tips, resources, products as well as advice visit http://healthychild.org/ or visit them on twitter @healthy_child and facebook for up to the minute information on how to be more involved in creating a safer, healthier and overall better environment for both you and your family.
Healthy Child Healthy World ignites the movement that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Together, we can change the world.
All photos courtesy of Terry Berenson Photography
Michelle is a SAHM and self-described '??green'? fashionista. She is a NYC woman, turned burbs mama, raising her 2 B'??s in an eco conscious manner. She blogs about natural parenting and green living at www.everythingsabuzz.com. Find her on twitter @queentob.Have a fashion question? Look for the new Syncing Your Style section on the Momtrends facebook page or tweet us your fashion questions at @momtrends!
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