Children’s health and air quality forum tonight at TRU in WL

The Children’s Health and Air Quality information event is coming up tonight, Thursday, Oct.11 at Thompson Rivers University.

  • Oct. 10, 2012 2:00 p.m.

The Children’s Health and Air Quality information event is coming up tonight, Thursday, Oct.11 at Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake.

The public is invited to join Dr. Sarah Henderson, PhD, Environmental Health Scientist, BC Centre for Disease Control and Greg Baytalan, Air Quality Specialist, Interior Health for an informative presentation and discussion.

The event is co-hosted by the Williams Lake Environmental Society, W.L. Air Quality Roundtable, School District 27 District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC), and Thompson Rivers University.

The free evening starts at 7 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about air quality in Williams Lake, how it impacts children’s health, and simple actions you can take to improve it.

Studies by Health Canada and community health departments have shown a direct link between air pollution and significant respiratory health effects.

Children are particularly vulnerable to smog and poor air quality because their bodies, lungs, and immune systems are still developing.

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Part of the Healthy by Nature movement.

Following the event tonight, elementary schools and TRU will be encouraged to be idle free from Oct. 15 to 19 to further support the school district’s recent renewal of their Anti Idling of Engines Policy (#3516) for buses and equipment and the Vehicle and Equipment Idle Free policy of the City of Williams Lake. Everyone is encouraged to join us and offer their support!

Turning off your engine when stopped for more than 10 seconds is one of the simplest things you can do to minimize the health effects of vehicle exhaust, extend the life of your car, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Vehicle emissions are the largest contributors to outdoor air pollution.

Research indicates that Canadian motorists idle their vehicles an average of five to 10 minutes a day.

Unnecessary idling significantly contributes to air pollution, which in turn worsens environmental and health problems, including the dramatic rise of childhood asthma. Many of the reasons you have for idling your car may be based on misconceptions, find out more and take action!

This story is submitted by Tammy Keetch, air quality educator for the Williams Lake Environmental Society/Air Quality Roundtable. She can be reached at

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