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Love Facebook? Then we’d really “Like” your help! You probably recognize EpiCor® as the natural immune health ingredient found in our Ultimate Flora Advanced Immunity probiotic, and now ReNew Life is asking for your help to spread the word about a new charitable campaign between EpiCor and our giving partner Vitamin Angels.
Now through November, for every “Like” or “Share” on Facebook, EpiCor will donate 25 cents to Vitamin Angels helping reach up to 25,000 children worldwide—and your participation will provide one child lifesaving vitamin A for a whole year. Vitamin A supplementation is considered one of the key interventions achievable at a large scale that has proven potential to reduce the number of preventable child deaths each year.i
How it Works:
Between now and midnight on November 15, log in to Facebook and “Like” or “Share” the following page: https://www.facebook.com/EpiCorImmune/app_742106275850654. By doing so, you will be helping children in need receive lifesaving vitamin A for an entire year through Vitamin Angels.
Why it Matters:
25 cents can save the life of a child. Vitamin A deficiency is a major contributor to the mortality of children under five.ii Improving the vitamin A status of deficient children through supplementation enhances their resistance to disease and can reduce mortality from all causes by approximately 24 percent.iii,iv
About Vitamin Angels
Vitamin Angels helps at-risk populations in need—specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five—gain access to lifesaving and life changing vitamins and minerals. In 2014, Vitamin Angels is working to reach40 million children in about 45 countries, including the US, with the vital nutrients they need as a foundation for good health. Vitamin Angels has received seven consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator for Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency. To learn more, visit www.vitaminangels.org.
iJones, Gareth, et al., ‘How Many Child Deaths can we Prevent this Year?’, The Lancet, vol. 362,5 July 2003, pp. 65-71.
iiWorld Health Organization, The World Health Report 2002: Reducing risks, promoting healthy life, WHO, Geneva, 2002, p. 55.
iiiBeaton, George H., et al., ‘Effectiveness of Vitamin A Supplementation in the Control of Young Child Morbidity and Mortality in Developing Countries’, ACC/SCN State-of-the-Art Series, Nutrition Policy Paper No. 13, Geneva, 1993.
ivImdad A., Herzer K., Mayo-Wilson E., Yakoob M.Y, and Bhutta Z.A. Vitamin A supplementation for preventing morbidity and mortality in children from 6 months to 5 years of age. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 12. p. 2. Art. No.: CD008524. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008524.pub2.
A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency brings good news for public health. According to the EPA, in just over two decades the organization has taken great strides toward its goal of significantly reducing toxic air pollution as required under the 1990 updates to the Clean Air Act.
Even as the economy has grown, there has been a reduction in the emissions of six common pollutants (including benzene, mercury and lead) by an average of 72 percent nationwide—and Americans today breathe less pollution and face lower risks of premature death and other serious health effects.i Environmental damage from air pollution is also significantly lower; many plants and factories are cleaner; and countless new vehicles feature improved emission control technologies. (The EPA also hopes to reduce motor vehicle air toxin emissions by 80 percent by the year 2030.)
“It shows that we’ve made considerable gains in improving air quality across the country,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a recent article, though the organization says there is still much more work to be done. Among the major challenges are limiting climate change, reducing health and environmental risks from toxic air pollutants, and protecting the fragile ozone layer against degradation.
In working toward improving air quality and public health, the EPA says it also plans to increase public awareness about air pollution—in part by requiring companies that produce large amounts of emissions to report to EPA officials, who will then make sure the public has access to the information.