The food and beverages we consume and chemicals added to everyday products used to clean and disinfect our homes could be making our families sick. Decode product labels and learn how to protect your family from dangerous toxins included in commonly used food, cleaning and cosmetic products.

Chemicals of Concern

Since 1976 over 85,000 chemicals have been introduced into commerce and since that time only approximately 200 have been tested for safety. Through scientific studies and research, it has been shown some chemicals are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBTs), meaning they cannot be broken down and remain in our environment, threatening human health.


WHE addresses chemicals of concern, including:

  • Bisphenol A (BPA) & Bisphenol S (BPS) found in plastics and beverage can linings
  • Formaldehyde found in many glues and adhesives and as a preservative in some paints and coating products
  • PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) found in non-stick products, stains, paints, cleaning products, food packaging and firefighting foams
  • Phthalates found in deodorants, nail polish, soap, toothpaste, and hundreds of other personal care products
  • Toxic flame retardants found in toys, vinyl flooring, detergents, lubricating oils, food packaging, pharmaceuticals, blood bags and tubing and personal care products

Food Products

From seed to table, there are several factors to consider when determining healthy food to serve at home. Not only are healthy meal preparation steps important, it is essential to understand how where our food is grown, the chemicals applied, packaging and distance food products have traveled to get to our homes. We’re here to help you make better food choices for a healthier life.

Personal Care Products

The products and cosmetics we apply to our skin and bodies can affect overall health and well-being. Cancer-causing chemicals or carcinogens are present in ⅓ of personal care products and cosmetics, but neither the FDA nor any other federal agency requires testing for safety. There are safer products to use.

EWG’s Skin Deep® database provides easy-to-navigate ratings for personal care products and ingredients on the market with practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals.

Cleaning Products

Cleaning products can contain toxins, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, asthmagens and allergens. Because we touch, breathe in, and ingest small amounts of several different chemicals we spray and spread around our homes to clean, we can experience long-term, additive exposure to dangerous toxins. Make informed decisions when selecting cleaning products to protect the health of you and your family.

The Good Guide team of scientists from UC Berkeley have reviewed and rated more than 500,000 products and served more than 10 million consumers searching for product information.

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2022 Healthy Schools PA Summit

Where and When? December 9, 2022 Virtual

8:30am– Welcome from Phil Johnson, Heinz Foundation on the Healthy Schools PA State of the Schools Report 

9:00-10:00am: First Keynote speaker: former Climate Advisor to the Obama Administration and Activist, Molly Kawahata

10:00-11:00am Panel — Teaching Hope to the Next Generation of Climate Leaders in the School Environment  

11:00-11:15am: Break 

11:15-12:15pm – Second Keynote Speaker: Research Scientist and Deputy Indoor Environment Group Leader in Energy Analysis and Environmental Impact Division at Lawrence: Dr. Rengie Chan

12:15 – 12:45 pm: Break for lunch 

12:45– 1:15 pm: Expert presentation on what it takes to promote and protect healthy school environments across PA

1:15 – 2:30 pm – Learning from Experts and Innovators’ Award-Winning Initiatives in School Environmental Health featuring PA Green Ribbon Schools.

2:30pm– Close with final remarks from Healthy Schools PA Program Manager, Shannon Meyers 

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Together, we can ensure a safe and healthy environment for our children and those who devote their lives to shaping them into the next generation of leaders. Join engaging panel discussions among community leaders, policymakers, advocates, scientists and families from across our region, state and nation for the Healthy Schools Pennsylvania Summit on December 9, 2022.

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