Maintaining a healthy environment is critical to increasing years and quality of life. Environmental Health is the branch of public health concerned with all aspects of the the natural and built environment that may affect human health, including exposures to hazardous substances in the air, water, soil and food.
Click on the categories below to learn more about the environmental factors that can harm human health and how to identify, prevent, and control such effects.
Breathing in dirty air is harmful to human health and the environment. Ground-level ozone and particle pollution are the biggest threats to outdoor air quality. Indoor air pollutants can include biological pollutants like mold, dust mites and pet dander and chemical pollutants like radon, carbon monoxide and secondhand smoke. Learn more about how to reduce your risks and improve air quality in Allen County.
Water is one of our most precious resources. Clean and safe drinking water helps sustain human life and swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity needed for healthy living. Learn more about the importance of water quality for drinking, recreation, sanitation and hygiene.
Food-related diseases affect tens of millions of people each year. Most of these diseases are caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can be foodborne. Other diseases are poisonings, caused by harmful toxins or chemicals that have contaminated the food. Learn more about safe food handling, cooking, and storage practice that can prevent many of these foodborne illnesses.
A healthy homes approach is a coordinated, comprehensive, and holistic approach to preventing diseases and injuries that result from housing-related hazards and deficiencies. Learn more about those hazards and how to create a safe and healthy home environment for you and your family.