SOURCE: Healthy Child Healthy World

April 16, 2008 11:12 ET

Groundbreaking New Parenting Book: "Healthy Child Healthy World" Launches April 17

"'Healthy Child Healthy World' helps mothers and fathers connect the dots, to understand cause and effect... It tries to emphasize the healthful solutions, the positive, easy-to-follow steps you can take for your family, your home, yourself." -- From the Foreword by Meryl Streep

"Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home." With Special Contributions From Gwyneth Paltrow, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Brooke Shields, Tobey Maguire, Kate Hudson and Erin Brockovich, Among Others

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - Ewire -- Phthalates in shampoos, chemicals in baby bottles, flame retardants in mattresses, VOCs in carpeting, dramatic increases in childhood asthma, autism, behavioral disorders, and cancers -- are all confusing and disturbing issues and trends affecting our families today. How can parents raise the healthiest children possible and create a healthy and non-toxic lifestyle for their family? To help navigate these concerns and offer credible and easy solutions, comes an essential book for all parents -- "Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home" (Dutton) which is set to become the eco-friendly lifestyle guide for everyone who loves a child.

Written by Christopher Gavigan, CEO / Executive Director from the nation's leading children's health non-profit -- Healthy Child Healthy World, this new book features practical advice for all stages of parenting. Each of the ten chapters in "Healthy Child Healthy World" deals with managing a different aspect of the home environment -- cleaning supplies, food, beauty care, toys, air quality, gardens, pets -- clarifying the risks and offering user-friendly green tips that anyone can take at their own pace.

Inside, valuable information includes:

 -- Preparing a nontoxic nursery
 -- Pregnancy hair and skin care tips
 -- Personal care products recipes
 -- Keeping play areas chemical free
 -- The best healthy, kid-approved snacks
 -- How to eliminate pests naturally
 -- Minimizing allergens in your home
 -- Choosing safer toys and art supplies
 -- Tips to keep your pets healthy
 -- Smart choices for remodeling
 -- Extensive shopping & product guide and much more!

"This book helps us all learn about the opportunities we have to make simple, everyday choices to prevent harm and clean up our act at home," Gavigan writes in his Introduction. "We all can't do everything, but we all can do something for children's health and the health of the planet."

What sets this book apart are the long list of experienced health experts and notable celebrity parents contributing their essay, including Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill McDonough, Tom Hanks, Dr. Philip Landrigan, Tobey Maguire, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Dr. Russell Long, Laura Dern, Dr. Alan Greene, Courteney Cox, Vanessa Williams, Erin Brockovich, Dr. Harvey Karp, Keri Russell, Brooke Shields, Dr. David Orr, Michelle Obama, Dr. Theo Colborn, Sheryl Crow, Gayle King and a quite a few more.

The book is a natural development for Healthy Child Healthy World, the leading non-profit protecting children's health from harmful environmental exposures through educational campaigns, prevention awareness, and advocating for protective policies for almost 2 decades. Founded in 1991 by Jim and Nancy Chuda after the death of their daughter Colette from a rare form of non-hereditary cancer called Wilm's Tumor, the organization charged into the 21st century with innovative educational programming. The award winning website (www.healthychild.org) is a continually evolving resource of practical advice, relevant news, and everyday opportunities to create healthy environments for children and families.

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