This week is the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action and theme this year is ‘Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future’.
The Child & Family Health Centre’s ‘Lead Health Program’ along with the ‘Broken Hill Environmental Lead Program’ will be holding a community information stand at Centro Westside Plaza on Thursday (27 October) between 11am and 1pm. There will be plenty of giveaways of plants, fruit and educational materials for the community.
Lead Ted Jnr will be in attendance between 11 and 12 noon to meet with young children.
Members of the community are encouraged to visit the stall to receive information about the local lead issue and the simple and affordable ‘LeadSmart’ steps that can be taken to reduce risks. Staff will be on hand at the stall on Thursday to answer any questions from the community.
Lead remains a problem in our town and our children are most at risk. It can be found in and around our homes, streets, public places including parks and playgrounds, on mining sites. Research from Australia and overseas has found that exposure to even low amounts of lead can cause health and behavioural problems – especially in kids under five years of age.
Staff are looking forward to meeting the community this week and invite all to attend, together we are working to be LeadSmart.
For further lead information contact the Child & Family Health Centre on 8080 1100 or visit the Centre at 2 Oxide Street.