Karen Ensle Ed.D., RD, FADA, CFCS
Family & Community Health Sciences Educator
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County
Did you know that our air in the United States is cleaner now than it was 30 years ago, thanks to better laws and improved technology?
Picture this scenario. It’s a beautiful morning. You’re waiting at a bus stop, headed for work. At the light, a bus comes by but it is not yours. This bus comes to a stop at the red light to pick up passenger. The light turns green, the bus begins to move, and you suddenly find yourself, along with everyone else at the bus stop, engulfed in a cloud of black diesel smoke. For many Americans, breathing carbon monoxide or diesel exhaust along with their coffee is part of their morning routine, but it comes with a price. Long term exposure to air pollutants is linked with both heart disease and lung cancer.
Clean air is essential to your day-to-day and long-term health, but millions of Americans live in places where outdoor air pollution is a reality. Below are some small steps to stay healthy when the air quality around you is poor:
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