October 19-25, 2014: Lead Poisoning Awareness and Prevention Week

WHEREAS, lead poisoning is acknowledged by the health, education and scientific communities as the number one environmental health hazard for Michigan children; and,

WHEREAS, poisoning by lead-based paint, house dust and other sources is entirely preventable; and,

WHEREAS, promotion of health, prevention of illness and improved quality of life for all children is a priority of the State of Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, lead poisoning awareness and prevention activities help protect the citizens of Michigan, especially those under six years of age who are most vulnerable to chronic disease, learning and behavioral problems and other adverse effects; and,

WHEREAS, education regarding healthy behaviors can prevent illness and maintain maximum health and potential; and,

WHEREAS, public health workers, other health professionals, community organizations, members of business and industry and all other interested citizens play a critical role in ensuring that all citizens---and especially our children---have the opportunity to become healthy, productive people living in a lead-safe community; and,

WHEREAS, during this week we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health to urge all citizens to become aware of the sources of lead poisoning and actions to prevent exposure, and for public health professionals to form partnerships with communities to eliminate sources of exposure in a safe and effective manner in order to protect the health and welfare of Michigan citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 19-25, 2014 as Lead Poisoning Awareness and Prevention Week in Michigan.