Breathe in. Breathe out.

We take an average of 23,000 breaths a day to get the oxygen that our bodies need to function. But what else is in the air that we breathe?

Did you know that Houston is home to some of the worst air quality in the nation?

Why is Houston’s air quality so poor? Where does this air pollution come from? And how does it affect our health?

Air pollutants are substances in the air that can have a negative effect on our health. Your Body, Your Air explores four common types of air pollutants and their sources in the Houston area, as well as the effect these pollutants have on our bodies and our communities.

Together we can work towards healthier air, healthier bodies, and healthier communities.

The Your Body Your Air exhibit was created in collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The Health Museum has partnered with EDF on other programs, including the installation of a solar-powered air monitoring station located outside the Museum for the Village Green project.

Beginning this summer, Your Body Your Air will be on a community tour in the greater Houston area. The Health Museum is coordinating with area organizations to bring the exhibit to a location near them.

Environmental Defense Fund

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