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Good Health Always Begins at Home

. . . Learn what you can do to help yourself and your family to have better health starting at home. This heath web-site offers health and safety tips about home health and things you can do at home to protect your health and lower your risk of the leading causes of disease.

Tips for a Green Home

A home can be built green, or green features can be added later. Green features can be used when we:

Homes can be planned and designed to take advantage of the natural benefits of sunlight. Taking advantage of sunlight can help reduce energy use and increase the home's lighting. Homes also can be built in areas that are not prone to disasters, such as flooding.

Homes can be designed, built, and renovated with natural or mechanical ventilation systems. These can filter and bring fresh air inside and vent stale air outside. These systems can also help prevent moisture problems that can cause mold or mildew. Mold can cause allergic reactions in sensitive people.

Some building materials release harmful gases that can cause cancer and respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Use building materials with zero or low emissions to improve indoor air quality. One example is insulation made from soybeans, recycled paper, or even old denim.

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Many local and state governments, utility companies, and other entities across the country offer rebates, tax breaks, and other incentives for adding eco-friendly elements to homes.



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Good Health Begins at Home

People in the United States spend about half of every day inside their homes. Many actions we take at home can affect our health. For example, at home we may seek health information, take over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and consult with health care providers.

A home can support health and well-being. A healthy home is:

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Shelter

The way homes are designed, built, and maintained can affect our safety as well as our mental and physical health. For example, electrical hazards can cause house fires. Poorly vented gas appliances and furnaces can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Poor lighting on stairs can cause fall injuries. You can take actions to make your home safer, such as installing and maintaining smoke alarms.

Independence

Homes can be designed and built so people with activity limitations can live at home instead of moving to assisted living facilities or a nursing home. For example, wide stairs and doorways, no steps at the entrance of homes, and latch door handles help more people move freely in and around homes. Installation of grab bars in showers can help prevent falls.

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Access to Other Places

The physical location of our home can also affect health. Homes near public transportation may allow people to get to jobs that have health insurance, stores that sell healthy foods, and health care providers who help keep them well. Neighborhoods with sidewalks may encourage physical activity that lowers obesity levels among residents.

Social Setting & Behaviors

The ways people act and relate to each other are also essential to health. Families can support good choices about diet or physical activity. Healthy parenting reduces the chance of child maltreatment.  In addition, family members can provide emotional support to each other. This support can help improve self-esteem and the ability to cope with stressful situations.  

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