For Immediate Release
Monday, October 22, 2012
Division of Public Health Helps Promote Lead-Free Kids
The Atlantic County Division of Public Health in cooperation with the Vineland Health Department, Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative and Monmouth County Health Department will promote lead-free kids with health education and awareness activities on Thursday, october 25, 10 AM - 2 PM at the Atlantic County One Stop Career Center, 2 S. Main Street, Pleasantville.
This event is being held during National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 21-27, and will include free lead testing, free home testing kits, and fun activities for children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 4 million households nationwide include children who are being exposed to lead. There are approximately 500,000 children ages 1-5 years with blood lead levels above the reference levels at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated. Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes undetected.