Start a School Flag Program
The School Flag Program improves awareness of outdoor air quality – and helps teachers and coaches ensure that children get plenty of physical activity, while protecting their health when air quality is poor. Children (including teenagers) are at greater risk from air pollution because their lungs are still developing, they are more likely to be active outdoors, and they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults. They’re also more likely to have asthma.
Participating is simple. Each day, school officials raise a flag that corresponds to the color of that day’s Air Quality Index forecast. Then, using the program’s activity guidelines, schools can modify outdoor activities or move them inside if needed. Learn more: www.airnow.gov/schoolflag.
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