Our environmental pediatricians, together with partners, created “Prescriptions for Prevention” that provide information on how New York families can address common environmental health concerns such as lead, secondhand smoke, mold, and radon.
The front of each prescription explains simple steps for reducing the exposure. The back of each prescription lists key resources that families can use to help address the concern. For additional information on the concern, we have posted links to key informational websites below the link to each prescription.
Please click on the thumbnails below to download, print, and share the prescriptions in English.
Spanish versions are also now available to download.
Smoking and Tobacco Use:
Information for parents about e-cigarettes
Information for parents about juuling
NY Tenants Guide on how to minimize your smoke exposure
Learn more about how you can protect your child from secondhand smoke
Learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke
NYC Smoke Free Housing guide
E-Cigarettes and Vaping:
Become a smoke free teen
Information from the CDC on the outbreak of lung injuries in people who vape
Live in New York City? Click here for a prescription with local NYC information about how to deal with lead paint!
If you have a concern for lead hazards in your home, contact your designated NY Lead Resource Center
American Academy of Pediatrics “Steps to protect your family” from lead exposure
For more information about how to identify lead hazards
Know your rights concerning lead hazards before moving into a new home
Indoor Air Quality:
Simple steps for a healthier home from Mount Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center.
More information on improving indoor air quality from the NYC Department of Health.
Learn more about formaldehyde, a common indoor air pollutant.
Information on mold in homes and schools for parents from environmental pediatricians
Mold information from the EPA
Tips for dealing with mold from the NY Department of Health
Mold infographic: tips for preventing mold in your home
Pests and Pesticides:
National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC): Free hotline and information center on safer pest control in your home
What’s bugging you? Tips on how to deal with pests
Strategies for reducing pesticide exposure from the NY Department of Health
Infographic about asthma, pests, and pesticides – simple steps for your home
Learn more about safer pest management for cockroaches from the National Pesticide Information Center
Pest Control at Home: An infographic from Mount Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center
Live in New York City? Check out this information from the NYC Department of Health about controlling pests, roles and responsibilities of building owners/landlords, and whether you may qualify for a free home assessment to help reduce pests!
Live in New York State? Check out this information to see if you qualify for the “Healthy Neighborhoods Program”, a free home assessment to help control environmental asthma triggers like pests.
Learn more about dust mite control from the American Academy of Pediatrics
National Radon Hotline: 1-800-SOS-RADON (1-800-767-7236)
National Radon Hotline En Español: 1 (866) 528-3187
To order a radon test kit in NY
To learn more about the health risks of radon from the CDC
Eat Fish, Choose Wisely!
Advice About what Fish to Eat in English
Consejos Sobre el Consumo de Pescado en Español
Fishing in NY waters? Check out NY state fish advisories before eating your catch
Find your local fish advisory (for United States)
How to test your well in New York
Information from the EPA on testing your private well
Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about how to protect your child from the sun
Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreens
CDC Basic Information about Skin Cancer
American Academy of Pediatrics- Tanning and Tanning Salon Tips for Young People
Did you know? In NY, no one under the age of 18 is permitted to use a tanning bed. For more information about tanning bed risks in New York
American Academy of Pediatrics-Tips to protect your child’s hearing
Hearing Loss- When to Call the Pediatrician
Reducing exposures to environmental hazards from your job or hobby:
Tips to reduce your exposure to chemicals at home, work, and play
More information about potential hazards at work and pregnancy
Work Matters- How to reduce your exposures
Health and Safety Information from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
Do you work with pesticides? Here is information about how to reduce your risk of exposure at work and home
To learn about the labor laws and safety regulations that protect young people in the workforce visit YouthRules!
Nature and Play:
Live in New York City? Click here for a prescription with local NYC information about parks and libraries!
Find a NY State Park
Find a national park
Outdoor Air Pollution:
Check your local air quality forecast.
Kid-friendly materials to learn about outdoor air quality.
Bisphenol A (BPA):
Learn more about “endocrine disrupting chemicals” including BPA
Learn more about “endocrine disrupting chemicals” including Phthalates
Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep” Cosmetics Database
Prescriptions for Prevention were last updated in November 2018 with additions in August 2019. Spanish Versions were added in April 2019.