Healthy Environments for Children Alliance

Resources for Teaching Healthy Environments for Children

Please note that this section is under construction. New resources will be added as they become available. The inclusion of these resources indicates no preference by HECA for these resources as against those that are not currently included. HECA does not necessarily endorse these resources. If you know of any additional resource that you would like listed, please write with your suggestion.

CD Game: “ENVIRO : Healthy Environments for Children" , WHO South East Asia Regional Office, India

The objective of the game is to sensitize children about the environment. It is an info pack on various environmental issues presented in an enjoyable and challenging way that follows the play way principle of learning. The game intends to make the children understand various environmental problems and also make them aware of possible solutions.

Canadian Institute of Child Health - Healthy Spaces Web Site

The Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH), in partnership with the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF), launched an interactive, educational Web site entitled "Healthy Spaces". The site, located at, is equipped with colourful, interactive maps of environments, a glossary that explains key environmental risks, and resources/links for further information.

Children of Colombia - Manifesto for a Healthy Environment

More than 3,500 children, teachers, and parents throughout Colombia contributed to the drafting of a Manifesto for a Healthy Environment. The Manifesto was an initiative of His Excellency Dr Alvaro Uribe Vélez, President of Colombia; the ministries of social protection, the environment, housing and education; the National Institute of Health; UNICEF; and the Pan American Health Organization/ WHO Regional Office for the Americas (PAHO/WHO). To read the Manifesto (in Spanish), please see:

"Healthy Environments for Children: Shape the Future of Life" Brochure

"Healthy Environments for Children: Shape the Future of Life" was the theme of World Health Day 2003. Prepared and disseminated for the day, a comprehensive brochure on environmental risk factors to children's health and effective interventions continues to serve as a valuable classroom resource. The brochure is available in html (text only, for rapid download) or in PDF.

"Healthy Environments for Children" Measuring Tape

This 165-centimetre measuring tape/poster includes a ladder of messages on how to protect children from environmental threats in their home, school, and community environments. The measuring tape can be printed out in colour and pinned up to the classroom wall. The measuring tape is available in Spanish, French, or English.

Kids Page of the Healthy Schools Network, Inc.

The Web site of the Healthy Schools Network, Inc., offers a child-friendly interactive school tour, highlights environmental risks to children's health, and provides guides, materials, and reports for teachers, school officials, and parents.

Monica's Gang - Healthy Environments for Children Comic Book

Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa, in collaboration with PAHO/AMRO, produced a comic book to help teach youth about the importance of healthy environments for children. Download the PDF version.

Ryan's Well Foundation - Schools Page

The Ryan's Well Foundation is committed to raising money for wells and clean water, and currently funds projects in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, and Malawi and Ethiopia. The Foundation uses an innovative child-to-child approach entailing educational programmes on water security in schools in Canada, resulting in fundraising by Canadian students for wells in project countries. For further information on this curriculum-based/fundraising approach, see the "Schools Page" of the Foundation's Web site:

UN Cyber School Bus on Healthy Environments for Children

The UN Cyber School Bus on healthy environments for children features pop-up windows, an interactive question and answer series, and a virtual slide show on with detailed information on environmental risk factors and interventions. More information.

USEPA - Learn About Chemicals Around Your House

The United States of America Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) offers a virtual "house tour", where children can learn about chemicals in and around the home environment. More information.

WHO Feature Story on Healthy Environments for Children

WHO's Feature Story on Healthy Environments for Children includes a slide show on effective strategies to ensure healthy environments and highlights successful projects.

The World's Thirstiest Children - Earth Day Network

Lack of household water security is one of the priority enviromental risks to children's health. Earth Day Network's "Water for Life" campaign brings global attention to the world's water crisis and provides practical ways to improve access to healthy water worldwide. One component of this campaign is "The World's Thirstiest Children", which includes a collection of essays by children. The essays are connected with identifiable solutions, and can serve as a powerful child-to-child educational tool. More information: