Healthy Child, Healthy World

5.19.08: Creating a cleaner, greener, safer home


Did you know that you probably put more than 120 chemicals on your body today? It's an astounding, almost paralyzing thought—especially when you're pregnant.

The good news is that you don't have to feel helpless about protecting your baby. If you pick up a copy of the June/July issue of FitPregnancy, you'll notice a new "Going Green" column by Christopher Gavigan, author of Healthy Child, Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home. He offers some easy, economical ways to make your baby's immediate environment more eco-friendly.

Gavigan is Chief Executive Officer of Healthy Child, Healthy World, an organization dedicated to protecting the health and well being of children from harmful environmental exposures. Founded by Nancy and James Chuda after they lost their 4-year-old daughter Colette to cancer, Healthy Child, Healthy World aims to be a consumer watchdog, and educator, and an advocate for children's best interests. What I like about the organization's message is that you don't have to make huge, sweeping changes to your life all at once. Little by litte, you can make small changes that will have a big impact on your child's future.

Here's a YouTube video about the organization, where you'll see interviews with Laura Dern, Anna Getty, and Gavigan's own wife during her pregnancy. It's worth a look:

Feeling inspired? Visit our Going Green feature for more information on chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, ways to detox your diet, and baby products you can feel good about.

Dana Rousmaniere is's Managing Editor. She's trying to create a cleaner, greener home one small step at a time.