Post By: Molly Hover, Upstream Research™ Marketing Manager
Home is where the health is. The truth of this statement lies with children and the development of their brains, bodies, and habits from early home life. Healthy homes could refer to variety of things –mental and physical health, air/water quality, environmental factors–but all contribute to a developing child and follow him or her into adulthood. A healthy family environment could make the difference in graduation rates, behavior, and mental illness in the same way that the home’s physical environment can make the difference in cognitive development, disease and susceptibility to illness or disorders (asthma, for example).
In fact, Penn State recently announced their researchers will combine with other universities (notably, the University of Oregon and George Washington University) to study the effects of the environment on children’s health. The project will be called “Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes” and will involve a sampling from children adopted at birth and those that live with their biological parents to “‘tease apart genetic and environmental contributions to child outcomes’” (Jaramillo, 2016).
“It is extremely important to understand how our environment from an early age can have an impact in out later life, as well as understanding how our internal environment [genetic makeup] and external environment can impact how we are,’ Neiderhiser said.”
While the research has a few years until it is fully developed, the intent of the study is to highlight the importance of environmental influences on a child’s development. Taking action starts with awareness.
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