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The endocrine system is a network of glands and organs that produce, store, and secrete hormones. When functioning normally, the endocrine system works with other systems to regulate your body's healthy development and function throughout life.





Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are substances in the environment (air, soil, or water supply), food sources, personal care products, and manufactured products that interfere with the normal function of your body’s endocrine system. Since EDCs come from many different sources, people are exposed in several ways, including the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. EDCs also can enter the body through the skin.


EDCs can disrupt many different hormones, which is why they have been linked to numerous adverse human health outcomes including alterations in sperm quality and fertility, abnormalities in sex organs, endometriosis, early puberty, altered nervous system function, immune function, certain cancers, respiratory problems, metabolic issues, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular problems, growth, neurological and learning disabilities, and more.


Even if some health effects are not fully proven, taking precautions is wise. Become familiar with EDCs to which you and your family may be exposed. Try to avoid unnecessary, preventable exposure to EDC-containing consumer products. The following is a list of precautionary steps that one can take to minimize EDC exposures. These precautions are especially important if you are pregnant or planning a family.


Endocrine disrupting chemicals can be found in the following everyday household items:

  1. Plastic toys

  2. Car and furniture upholstery

  3. Food packaging that contains plastics

  4. Old electronics

  5. Carpets

  6. Non-stick cookware

  7. Protective coatings and sealants

  8. Outdoor apparel



March 6 – 12 is Groundwater Awareness Week!


Did you that private wells, which are common throughout New Hampshire and Vermont, could contain arsenic? The levels of arsenic in private wells throughout New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine can vary greatly and are dependent on the geology of the area and the amount of arsenic in bedrock.


If you get your drinking water from a private well, you should have your water tested for arsenic. EPA regulations and required testing only apply to public water sources not private wells.




Source: http://arsenic.dali.dartmouth.edu

Practice Groundwater Awareness Week in your home by using the following tips:

  1. Schedule your annual checkup! This includes testing your groundwater for contaminants especially if you get your water from a private well

  1. Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil far away from your well, and maintain a “clean” zone of at least 50 feet (15.24 meters) between your well and any kennels or livestock operations


Source: https://wellowner.org/2022/02/save-the-date-national-groundwater-awareness-week-2022/#:~:text=National%20Groundwater%20Awareness%20Week%2C%20an,treat%20their%20private%20water%20systems.


Did you know: healthy eating and being physically active can help children achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, consume important nutrients, and reduce the risk of developing certain conditions. Some adverse health conditions that may be developed in later life due to poor nutrition include



  • High blood pressure.

  • Heart disease.

  • Type 2 diabetes.

  • Cancer.

  • Osteoporosis.

  • Iron deficiency.

  • Dental caries (cavities).



In the new year, let’s pledge to improve our health by setting these goals for ourselves and our family:


LIMIT SATURATED AND TRANS FATS

Limit saturated fats — fats that mainly come from animal sources of food, such as red meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. Replace saturated fats with vegetable and nut oils. Healthier fats are also naturally present in olives, nuts, avocados and seafood. Limit trans fats by avoiding foods that contain partially hydrogenated oil.

SERVE MORE "WHOLE" FOODS

Cook “from scratch” whenever possible. Read labels and choose foods with ingredients you recognize. Choosing foods with fewer ingredients will help you avoid added salt, sugar, fats, dyes and other artificial additives.

LIMIT ADDED SUGARS

Examples of added sugars include brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, or honey. Encourage children to eat a variety of fresh or frozen fruit (organic whenever possible) and drink water — rather than fruit juice. Whole fruit is nutrient-rich and a great source of fiber. Water is free and healthy. Make sure you test your water for contaminants like lead and carry out mitigation activities if necessary