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STOP "cancer-causing artificial turf" in Village Green Key Biscayne.

The Village green is the only natural public park for thousands of children living in Key Biscayne. It is unbelievable someone could even consider replacing it with artificial turf! There are hundreds of evidence that show the disadvantages of artificial turf for kids, specially if placed on high temperature climate like ours. Kids need contact with nature more than ever! Their bodies and minds are resenting the alienation with it, respiratory and neurological problems are reaching alarming numbers. I understand we would like to have a "perfect" lawn  for kids to play soccer! But where is our common sense? What is next? Pouring cement over the beach so its neat and leveled, and little kids don't fall when running and keep their little feet clean? Our trying to "perfect" everything through plastic is a mistake. Maybe the people taking this decision don't know how bad and common the "turf burns" are .Maybe they haven't research the harmful chemicals the turf is made of and that will go directly into children's lungs. Maybe they don't understand how harmful it is when placed on warm climates. It is truly astonishing that knowing how all the world is creating innitiatives to keep natural places alive, we, at this very privileged community are taking one step back. If taken, this choice would be of great damage to children and the environment. Please help us keep our children healthy and happy and our Island a paradise! Thank You  Bibiana Domit

73 supporters
Started 1 day ago

Petition to Department of Education

Serve juice with school lunch instead of milk

Kids love juice. Juice provides kids with important vitamins and minerals. One of the most important is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a super power vitamin. It is essential for kids to get the correct amount of Vitamin C because it will keep their bodies growing and healthy. The Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine sets recommendations for vitamins and minerals. Children between four and eight require 25 mg a day and kids between the ages of nine and 13 need 45 mg a day. For ages 14 to 18, girls should consume 65 milligrams each day, and boys should consume 75 milligrams each day. 100% juice (not from concentrate) will provide kids with 100% of their daily value of vitamin C. Vitamin C has many health benefits that are important for growing kids. According to the Health Vitamin Guide website, Vitamin C helps to protect the body from free radicals. This will help to keep your kids healthier. It also helps with the absorption of iron in the body, which will help kids to feel energized and decrease the risk of becoming anemic. Vitamin C can also help to lower the risk of getting cancer. Weak immune systems can also be a result of not getting enough Vitamin C, which can result in frequent colds and other infections. In some cases, kids may also become easily fatigued when they are lacking Vitamin c. This means that with more vitamin C, kids will miss less school due to illness and will be more energized at school, especially after lunch. But what about the health benefits of milk? Studies have shown that milk may not be as “healthy” as it claims to be. According to a study published in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), “high milk intake was associated with higher mortality in one cohort of women and in another cohort of men, and with higher fracture incidence in women”. This study found that women who drank three or more glasses of milk a day were 93% more likely to have died during the study period, which ranged from 13-22 years. Indiana University School of Medicine Professor Aaron E Carroll  writes, “There's just not a lot of evidence supporting dairy industry claims that drinking milk is good for you”. He goes on to say, "in an era when every other caloric beverage is being marginalized because of obesity concerns, it's odd that milk continues to get a pass," he writes. Why? He says politics is part of the reason. The US government spends millions on advertising campaigns for the dairy industry, which wholeheartedly supports the efforts. A typical school lunch-sized juice contains 60 calories, none from fat. This is compared to a ½ pint of 1% milk which contains 102 calories, 21% fat and 47% carbohydrates. Milk is not providing the right health benefits for our children, the future generation. We need to keep our kids healthy by providing them with the vitamins and minerals that they need like vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. Milk only contributes to bad bone health, increased risk of cancer, and obesity.  

Sonya Baker
7 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump

Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress and their families

Several years ago, my dad got the news that he had cancer. Sadly, he passed away. My dad had a job at the time, but his employer did not cover him, and without coverage, he avoided going to the doctor until it was too late. As Congress and President Trump try to pass a new healthcare law, I'm reminded of my father and whether he would have made it if he had early access to cost-effective health care. Affordable health care is in decline as premiums and health costs increase at exponential rates. Some politicians cannot relate to the cost burden experienced by families across the nation because they’ve historically received health benefits that most Americans have not.  Like millions of people who are panicking about possible changes to their health insurance, I’m concerned the people elected to represent us won’t have to live with the consequences or expenses that the rest of us may have to face soon. I want lawmakers to commit to treating themselves just like those who will be impacted by ACA repeal or replacement.  A lot of Members of Congress promote choice as an American value, which is all the more reason for them to have to continue to choose their own health coverage from the free marketplace. If private health care is good for the American citizen, it should also be good for the people that defend it. If Congress is willing to drastically cut healthcare subsidies for most people, are they willing to have the same rules apply to them and their families?

Daniel Jimenez
856,926 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to The Honourable Jane Philpott MP

Ask the Federal Government to ensure all babies get an equal start in life

Your voice matters; add your name in support of asking the Government of Canada to give the babies of Canada an equal chance at reaching their full potential!Hearing loss is invisible and many babies live for months, even years without diagnosis. This can cause preventable and unnecessary cognitive and developmental setbacks. Imagine the awful feeling when you suspect that your child isn't hearing you. You drop a plate and your baby doesn’t startle. Your older children run through the house, yet somehow they never seem to wake your baby. Canada doesn’t have a national infant hearing mandate. Early hearing screening and treatment programs vary widely between provinces and territories. Sign this petition calling on leadership from the federal government to work with provinces to ensure every child in Canada has the best possible start. Because health care decisions are made at the Provincial/Territorial level, this means that a baby born in British Columbia has a greater-than 95% chance of being screened for hearing problems, and if necessary, will receive essential early intervention. Did you know that some provinces have screening rates lower than 20%, and while some have screening in place, they have no process or policy for the critical intervention needed to assist communication at this crucial life stage. You can help change that. By signing this petition, you can provide access to the world of sound. You can provide access to the world of language (spoken language and/or sign language). We believe that no matter where a Canadian baby is born, they should have the same resources and help, if needed!May is ‘Speech and Hearing Month’, the ideal time to approach the Canadian Government with our voices united on behalf of babies.  It is time for you to speak up for babies who can’t.Sign your name to this petition, and please share Tiny Ears with your friends and family! Every signature helps to speak for a baby who can’t Every share helps show the government that all babies need an equal chance at reaching their potential Every like, tweet and in person conversation helps to solidify the national change we want to see for all Canadian babies Yours for better hearing health,  John Pepperell Chair of the Board, The Hearing Foundation of Canada Steve J Aiken PhD Director, The Hearing Foundation of Canada and Associate Professor, School of Human Communication Disorders, Departments of Surgery and Psychology & Neuroscience, Dalhousie University  

THFC Tiny Ears
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