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Plants, positivity and pediatrics: Celebrating nature’s role in childhood development

Happy Earth Day! As people the world over take time to recognize the importance of protecting the natural world, I wanted to reflect on recent efforts Thrive has made to explore the ways the environment is linked to the healthy development of children. Not surprisingly, we’ve had a lot to talk about.

Lately Thrive has touched on topics like how air pollution increases ear infections in kids, the dangers of using environmental toxins like bisphenol A (BPA) in children’s products and how parenthood can sometimes change a person’s outlook when they think about the planet’s future. At the center of these discussions is Ari Bernstein, MD, MPH a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston and faculty member at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.

When not working as a pediatrician at Children’s, Dr. Bernstein spends much of his time thinking about how the environment shapes kids’ health. He’s also passionate about finding ways to improve the environment, which would support the well-being of children everywhere. That type of dedication makes him a great source of information for parents wanting to know more about how nature influences the healthy development of their family.

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Happy earth day!

By Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH, physician in Medicine at Children’s and faculty, Center for Health and the Global Environment.

sunflowerForty years ago today, a group of college kids (with some help from public leaders) sought to bridge the gap between humans and the rest of the living world upon which our health depends by creating Earth Day. Earth Day serves as a reminder that we can do more to leave a more sustainable footprint upon the planet.

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