October 23-29, 2016: Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

WHEREAS, poisoning by lead-based paint, house dust, soil, water and other sources is 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, the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” focuses on the many ways parents can reduce a child's exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects; and,

WHEREAS, lead poisoning awareness and prevention activities help protect the residents of Michigan, especially those under six years of age who are most vulnerable to chronic disease, learning and behavioral problems as well as 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 others interested 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, the Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board was created to develop a long-term, statewide strategy to help prevent some of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents from being exposed to lead from all sources; and, 

WHEREAS, during this week we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to urge all citizens to become aware of the sources of lead poisoning and actions to prevent exposure. We encourage all 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 residents;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 23-29, 2016 as Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in Michigan.