||School's out, the kids are restless, and temperatures are warming up! It is a great time to have some outdoor fun while working to protect the families of North Carolina!
This is why NC MomsRising is holding a â€śToxic Free Kids Olympicsâ€ť to raise awareness in our community, and also, importantly, to make sure our U.S Senators are educated about the harmful effects of toxic chemicals in the products we use every day.
You and your family are invited to join us for some games and crafts with an Olympic theme to help get rid of toxics! Weâ€™ll have a "toxic duck toss", and a â€śjumping through hoops to keep your family safeâ€ť relay, and many other games!
We know that keeping our families safe from toxic chemicals shouldnâ€™t have to feel like an Olympic sport, but we need your help to make sure our national elected leaders and lawmakers know it too. Can you join us?
Where? Picnic Shelter #2 at Halyburton Park, 4099 South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28412
When? Sunday, July 29, from 3:00pm â€“ 5:00pm
Let us know if you can join us!
Why do we need to educate our community and our U.S. Senators about toxic chemicals?
Toxic chemicals are putting our families at risk. Current chemicals legislation, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), has not been updated since 1976. We have learned a lot since then about the effects of chemicals and how they can migrate from the materials in the products we use (like furniture, kids toys, and canned foods) into our bodies. These chemicals put our families at risk for cancer, learning disabilities, infertility and more. ,
In 2010, the President's Cancer Panel showed a link between exposures to toxic chemicals and rising cancer rates. Six months later, new research from the Journal of Pediatrics showed that a recent rise in early puberty for girls is linked to exposure to endocrine disruptors, which are rampant in everyday items, such as household cleaners and cosmetics.
The Federal Centers for Disease Control have found that the blood or tissues of almost every American carry hundreds of these chemicals, some present even before birth. Yet under the outdated TSCA, the EPA has only been able to require testing of a few hundred of the 62,000 chemicals that have been on the market since TSCA was passed 35 years ago, a number that has increased to 85,000 chemicals today.
We need your help to make sure our U.S. Senators are educated about the need to get toxic chemicals out of our kitchens, homes, and communities! Can you join us?
We look forward to seeing you at the Olympics! Together we are a powerful voice for North Carolina's families.
â€“ Felicia, Beth, Rah, Sarah, and the whole NC MomsRising.org team
P.S. Thanks to our partners at ToxicFree NC for all the work they do to help keep our families safe!
 "U.S. facing 'grievous harm' from chemicals in air, food, water, panel says" Washington Post, May 2010
 "Meet the Chemicals" Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
 President's Cancer Panel Report
 Puberty in Second Grade??
 "Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Chemicals" Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) PDF
 "Safe Chemicals Act of 2011: Introduced Today, Legislation Would Protect American Families from Toxic Chemicals"