The YWCA Parent Awareness Network presents simple steps to raising healthy children in a toxic world.

Today's children are exposed to thousands of chemicals in the environment, most of which have never been tested for their toxic effects on children. Back by popular demand, Dr. Maida Galvez and Rhonda Sherwood will sort the fact from fiction and present "Simple Steps to Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World," on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Royle School Common Room from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The presentation will help parents answer common questions including:

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Are the cleaning products you use safe for your children?

If I am pregnant, which food packaging, shampoos, and perfumes should I avoid?

What are the dangers of light bulbs and pesticides?

Galvez and Sherwood will provide the latest scientific research and offer practical steps you can take to protect your family. The Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center is involved in research projects to identify and explain potential environmental causes of childhood diseases, such as asthma, autism, obesity, ADHD, diabetes and cancers.

Galvez is a board certified pediatrician, an associate professor in the Department of Preventative Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Galvez is the director of the Mount Sinai's Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit and practices general pediatrics.

Sherwood is the mother of three children, and is the vice chairman of the executive board of the Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Center.

The program, provided free of charge, is sponsored by the YWCA Parent Awareness Network. Parent Awareness is a YWCA program that promotes the healthy, positive development of Darien youth and families. Parent awareness is also a member of Thriving Youth: Connected Community: TYCC is a catalyst for developmental asset building through meaningful relationship experiences, skills and opportunities that benefit all our children.Email parentawareness@ywcadariennorwalk.org.

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving women the support and tools they need to transform their lives, be confident in their choices and raise healthy families. Its national mission, eliminating racism and empowering women, translates locally into a vision to create opportunities for growth, leadership and empowerment for all women and families. For more information, visit www.ywcadariennorwalk.org or call 203-655-2535.