(5/31/2021) BATON ROUGE, La. — According to the Environmental Protection Agency, people spend close to 90% of their time indoors. With this in mind, the LSU AgCenter conducts the Healthy Homes educational outreach program and is spreading the word about National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) in June.
Created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, NHHM is an annual outreach campaign designed to help people connect the dots between their health and their home.
Claudette Hanks Reichel, LSU AgCenter housing specialist and director of LaHouse said NHHM focuses on the importance of home assessments and the impact that awareness can have on your health.
Healthy Homes education is part of the mission of LaHouse Resource Center, a one-stop resource for information on how to create a healthy, efficient and resilient home in the Gulf Region. Visitors can explore the demonstration home’s signs, reveals, displays and free educational material to learn more about the features and advantages of a healthy home.
“National Healthy Homes Month is a perfect opportunity to visit LaHouse and its website to learn more about creating the healthiest home possible for themselves and their family,” Reichel said.
Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems, including decayed structures, roofing problems, heating, plumbing and electrical problems, harmful indoor air quality, water leaks and damage, pests, paint failure and safety hazards.
Reichel said these conditions are associated with a wide range of health issues, including unintentional injuries, respiratory illnesses and lead poisoning. The health and economic burdens from preventable hazards within homes are considerable, costing billions of dollars in the U.S. and impacting the health and wellbeing of families.
To learn more about healthy homes and other information available from LaHouse, visit www.lsuagcenter.com/LaHouse. For more information about National Healthy Homes Month 2021 and free healthy homes mobile apps and publications, visit https://www.hud.gov/healthyhomes
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