TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department announced the annual National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) that is taking place Oct. 24 through 30, as a call to action to increase lead poisoning prevention.

Lead poisoning typically affects children under six who are affected from breathing in or swallowing dust from old lead paint that gets on walls, floors, windowsills hands or toys. Despite the continued presence of lead, poisoning is preventable.

Community Health Nurse at the TCHD said that “when there is healthy food in the body, it is more difficult for lead to be absorbed,” adding that ensuring a diet high in calcium, iron and vitamin C is important.

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at [email protected]...
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