Healthy Homes

New York partnership helps to educate families on how to improve health within homes

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 10:22

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County will offer eight weeks of classes to help parents create healthy homes, both in removing pollutants and toxins from the air along with teaching positive lifestyle choices, according to the Watertown Daily Times.

The news source reported that the series will focus on removing old and inefficient technology from homes that can generate air particles that can be harmful to humans. One way to do this is to install a radiant heating system, as this helps to limit the amount of allergens and contaminants in the air due to the lack of a need for radiators, heating ducts and air vents.

Older technology like a conventional heating system can allow for particles to build up in radiators and other equipment, pushing these contaminants into the air when the heat is turned on. A radiant system can be installed as part of a subfloor, eliminating the need for dirt-producing fixtures and products, while providing a comfortable and quiet source of warmth for a family.

While it may be easier for families to equip their home with safe technology, getting each member of the family to eat and act in a certain way may be more difficult. According to the news source, it is the eating habits and lack of exercise routine that can lead to declining health in many individuals.

According to the Times, the program is targeting families who have young children.

"It was targeted for that age group because parents have more influence on what their kids eat at that age," one of the organizers of the program told the news source.