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National Environmental Education Foundation

Goal: Improve the public's health through advanced environmental health knowledge

Health & Environment ProgramThe Health & Environment Program advances environmental knowledge among health professionals to improve the public's health with a special emphasis on children and underserved populations.

Through the development of national agendas, trainings, curriculum integration, and strategic partnerships, we facilitate the integration of environmental health into health care provider education and practice.

NEEF has undertaken several projects to incorporate environmental health into health care provider education under the Health Care Provider Initiative. These projects include:

What's New

  • The National Park Service's Park Prescriptions Documentary explains NEEF's Rx for Outdoor Activity to prescribe nature to patients and promote less sendentary lifestyles. Watch the teaser here.
  • The National Library of Medicine is offering "Discovering the Connection: Your Environment, Your Health," an afterschool science club curriculum for middle school students that can also be used in the classroom.
  • New blog entry "Walking in Nature: Prescription for Better Health" for the Every Body Walk! Collaborative.
  • Textbook of Children's Environmental Health, the first-ever textbook of children's environmental health, has been comprehensively assembled and edited by two pediatricians, Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc and Ruth A. Etzel, MD, PhD. These two widely recognized leaders and pioneers in the field of children's environmental health are also members of NEEF's Health & Environment Advisory Committee.
  • New Policy Statement on Nature, Health and Wellness is adopted by the American Public Health Association.
  • Nature positively impacts many aspects of health through ecosystem services. Explore these relationships with the EPA Eco-Health Relationship Browser and the EPA EnviroAtlas to learn more about health benefits of ecosystems near you.
  • The Every Body Walk! campaign is working to get people up and moving with the message that regular walking can improve overall health and help prevent disease.
  • Representative Donna Christensen talks about lessons in environmental justice she has learned while serving her community as a physician. Watch here
  • The CDC's National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network integrates data on health, exposure, and hazard information from national, state, and local sources. The new Children's Environmental Health module incorporates Tracking Network data specifically related to children's health topics such as asthma and lead poisoning.
  • American Lung Association's annual State of the Air 2013 report shows 42% of the nation is suffering from unhealthy levels of air pollution. Learn more about the state of air in your community, the health risks of air pollutants, and other key findings on their website
  • The School Flag Program helps children, parents, school personnel and the community become aware of daily air quality conditions.
  • EPA’s website is now available in Spanish
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Children's Environmental Health Webinar Series

These webinars preview the release of the resource, "Pediatric Environmental Health: Putting it into Practice," designed to assist health care practitioners and faculty with incorporating pediatric environmental health into their teaching programs and practices. 

Rx for Outdoor Activity Training Webinar

In this training webinar participants will learn about the link between childhood obesity and sedentary lifestyle, be able to articulate the scientific basis for the physical and mental health benefits of nature, and learn how to connect children and families to nature sites for outdoor activity.
Archive now available

NACI Webinars
NACI-NEEF Webinar: Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma

Pediatric Environmental HealthThe 3rd edition of Pediatric Environmental Health from the American Academy of Pediatrics is now available at the AAP online bookstoreNEEF's tools and resources referenced in the publication can be downloaded here.

Pediatric Environmental Health Continuing Medical Education Course available for a possible 2 CME credits. Register here