Air Quality Index

Renew You Challenge

Let’s start this week off right!

 

Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! 

Air pollution is the collective term for the contamination of air by an array of chemicals and particles. Air pollution is associated with many health conditions, including lung disease, heart disease, and cancer. To monitor levels of air pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the Air Quality Index, a daily assessment of air quality in over 1,000 locations nationwide.

You may have heard the Air Quality Index reported when checking the weather on television, in the newspaper, or on the internet. If not, you can access it here anytime. People with certain conditions, especially lung disease, need to pay especially close attention to the AQI, according to the EPA. I think everyone should pay attention to it.

Car exhaust is a major contributor to local air pollution levels, so if you can avoid walking next to busy roads during rush hour, please do. And if you drive in rush hour traffic, consider a HEPA filter for your car. This week, check your local Air Quality Index, and think about when you are most exposed to air pollution. If you can make any changes to lessen the exposure, it’s worth it.

For more information on the report, click here.

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