Mon April 29, 2013
Earth Calendar for April 29th and April 30th
Air Quality Awareness Week takes place annually from April 29th through May 3rd.
Air quality is important at every age but children, people with asthma or another lung disease, healthy adults who are active outdoors, people with cardiovascular disease and people middle-aged and older may be at increased risk. Air pollution isn’t just a big city problem. Poor air quality can be a problem in suburban and rural areas, too. The Air Quality Index (AQI) helps us plan outdoor activities. If the ozone air quality forecast is code orange and you plan to exercise outside, reduce the health risks by running in the early morning, when ozone levels are likely to be lower. Schools can also help protect kids from poor air quality. The School Flag Program alerts parents, teachers and coaches to the AQI forecast, allowing them to adjust outdoor activities or move them inside on days when the air might not be healthy. Kids and teenagers are at increased risk from air pollution: their lungs are still developing and they are more likely to have asthma. They are also more likely to be active outdoors, and they breathe in more air per pound of body weight than adults do.Visit airnow.gov to check the AQI in your area and plan accordingly.
On Our Calendar: If you are interested in gardening but lack a yard there are plenty of plants you can grow in containers… on a roof, balcony, stoop or even indoors. Learn the basics of keeping container plantings healthy and fresh throughout the seasons. The Civic Garden Center’s instructor led class on container gardening will teach how to design both ornamental and edible containers for visual, olfactory and taste appeal. May 13th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. For more information and registration please visit www.civicgardencenter.org