Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center Holds Its Second Annual "Greening Our Children" Benefit Event

Led by Mount Sinai’s Philip J. Landrigan, MD, Professor and Chair of Community and Preventive Medicine, Center research projects identify potential environmental causes of childhood diseases.

Greenwich, CT
 – May 13, 2009 /Press Release/  –– 

The Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) held its second annual "Greening Our Children" benefit luncheon at the Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut on Wednesday, May 13. The CEHC, led by Mount Sinai’s Philip Landrigan, MD, Professor and Chair of Community and Preventive Medicine, is currently involved in several research projects to identify and explain the potential environmental causes of childhood diseases, including asthma, autism, obesity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), diabetes and cancers. Proceeds from this event will continue to fund upcoming research initiatives and projects at the CEHC.

Through plastics, personal care products, building materials and pesticides, our children are exposed every day to potentially dangerous chemicals that could have a profound effect on their health and well-being, said Dr. Landrigan, pediatrician, epidemiologist, leader in public health and preventive medicine. The money raised from the luncheon will help fund two major CEHC projects. The first project is dedicated to discovering the environmental causes of neurodevelopmental disabilities, including Autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities. The second will look at the effects on children’s health of exposures in early life to Bisphenol-A, phthalates, pesticides, perchlorate, and other endocrine-disrupting toxins.

This year’s Honorary Co-Chairpersons were long-time environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Mary Richardson Kennedy. Cynthia Blumenthal, wife of Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, and national eco-living expert Laura Turner Seydel were also on hand for the event. Rhonda Sherwood, Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of the CEHC, and Connecticut parent Caroline Kavetas, served as co-chairs of the event. The afternoon included an elegant organic lunch and a silent auction of eco-friendly items such as water filtration systems and pesticide-free lawn care products. Gift bags included a great selection of phthalate and paraben-free personal care products. The event was sold out for the second year with nearly 400 people in attendance.

About the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center
Under the leadership of Dr. Philip Landrigan, the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) is world renowned for its research and patient care in the field of environmental health and preventive medicine. Mount Sinai’s Department of Community and Preventive Medicine is currently involved in these clinical, research and community outreach efforts: The National Children’s Study, Mount Sinai Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, World Trade Center Medical Programs, Mount Sinai Center for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research and Growing Up Healthy in East Harlem.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai today is a 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching facility that is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care. Last year, nearly 50,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients, and there were nearly 450,000 outpatient visits to the Medical Center.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic-science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants.