LDA Minnesota participates in state and national education and advocacy efforts to create healthy environments for children. Chemicals found in our air, food, water and homes can affect children’s healthy brain development. The National Academy of Sciences reports that at least 28% of learning disabilities are caused in whole or in part by exposure to environmental factors, including toxic chemicals.
LDA’s Minnesota partner, Healthy Legacy, is a coalition of 38 organizations dedicated to phasing out toxic chemicals that persist and build up in our bodies and environment. The work of the Healthy Legacy coalition has protected children from BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, formaldehyde in kid’s body products, flame retardants in children’s furniture and products, and created the Toxic Free Kids’ Act, which includes a list of toxic, priority chemicals in children’s’ projects.
LDA’s national partner is LDA of America’s Healthy Children’s Project. This coalition of LDA of America affiliates across the country has focused efforts on national issues and campaigns including Getting Ready for Baby, Mind the Store, and the Campaign for Healthier Solutions. In addition, The Healthy Children’s Project staff co-lead Project Tendr, a collaboration of leading scientists who developed a consensus statement about the scientific evidence linking toxic environmental chemicals to neurodevelopmental disorders.
Interested in learning more? Call or email LDA Minnesota about this work and how you can get more information of be involved in our education and advocacy efforts.