August 31, 2015 | Tracy Loew

How does the environment impact your health? What can you do to protect your family from toxins?

These questions and more will be answered during a free community workshop at Pringle Creek Community on Sept. 15.

The Oregon Environmental Council will give a presentation about Oregon’s new toxics law, planning for climate change, and what’s happening federally to connect health and the environment.

Participants will get practical tips for protecting health in their families, neighborhoods and state.

“Our health is greatly impacted by the chemicals in our environment – in our homes, the packaging of our good, in cosmetics,” Pringle Creek Community spokeswoman Kerry Fox said. “Knowledge is power and knowing how you can best ensure your good health and that of your family members is very powerful indeed.”

The Oregon Legislature passed the Toxic Free Kids Act this year. It requires the state to maintain a list of “chemicals of concern” for children’s products, requires manufacturers to provide notice of chemicals on the list that they use in children’s products, and eventually will require manufacturers to remove or use substitutes for certain chemicals.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the community’s Painter’s Hall, 3911 Village Center Drive SE in Salem. For information, call 503-315-1055.