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2006 Press Releases


Congress Passes Combating Autism Act 

Autism_BlocksHackensack, NJ, December 11, 2006 - The historic passage of the Combating Autism Act by Congress on December 7th represents an important step forward for the one in 166 children now diagnosed with autism, Deirdre Imus said. “It is a call to action by Congress to acknowledge this heartbreaking epidemic.” Read more

Ms. Imus on Oprah and Friends

deirdre_thumbHackensack, N.J., December 8, 2006 -- Children’s environmental health advocate Deirdre Imus is slated to appear on "Oprah and Friends" -- the new XM Satellite Radio channel (156) -- as a guest on “The Dr. Oz Show,” which airs Tuesday, December 12 at 7 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. EST. Read more



Nassau County Executive Signs Executive Order

nassau_imus_souzzi_h2Hackensack, N.J., November 30, 2006 – With children’s environmental health advocate Deirdre Imus by his side, Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi signed an Executive Order mandating the use of “green” cleaning products, free of potentially harmful chemicals, in all county facilities. Read more

An Organic Apple a Day (Trumbull H.S.) 

shutterstock_159092408Hackensack, NJ, October 26, 2006 – Focusing on the health aspects of “green” choices, Deirdre Imus encouraged teens to put “green” into action by starting with one thing, such as an organic apple or non-toxic cleaning products at home. The comments came October 19 in an address to 150 seniors, faculty and administrators at Trumbull High School in Connecticut, not far from Ms. Imus’ hometown in Waterbury. Read more


Nurses Can Play Important Role (Pace University) 


d_imus_pace_podiumthumb64Hackensack, NJ, October 24, 2006 – Addressing more than 250 students and faculty at Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing, children’s environmental health advocate Deirdre Imus said nurses can play an important role in educating patients and families about healthy choices in diet, lifestyle and products that can minimize risks for cancer and other diseases. Read more



Not Enough People Ask Why (Mercer College)

imus_nursingfac3Hackensack, NJ, October 17, 2006 – Children’s health advocate Deirdre Imus pointed to current statistics on children’s health -- from asthma to diabetes -- and said not enough people are asking why. She addressed about 350 nursing students and faculty at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, September 28. Read more

Boy of Steel - Children of Steel 

boy_of_steelHackensack, N.J., September 27, 2006 -- About 50 children, many of them pediatric patients, listened in rapt attention as children’s health advocate Deirdre Imus read The Boy of Steel, a book by Ray Negron, at an event hosted by the Tomorrows Children’s Fund. The event was held in the waterfall lobby of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. Read more


Act Now to Support the Combating Autism Act 

Autism_1October 27, 2006 -- The Combating Autism Act (CAA) (HR 2421) is now stalled in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Act passed the U.S. Senate unanimously last August and has majority support in the House of Representatives. Urgent help is needed to persuade Commitee Chairman Joe Barton to release it for a floor vote. Find out what you can do today to help move this important legislation. Read more


Switch to Greener, Healthier Life Worth Effort 


deirdre_ridgewood_ccHackensack, NJ – Many people are so overwhelmed at the effort it can take to lead a greener, healthier life, they hesitate to begin. Deirdre Imus encourages women to begin with a single change. “There are no small changes. One simple change ends up being a significant one for the entire family,” she said. Read more

Environmental Center Wins EPA Quality Award

deirdre_thumbHackensack, NJ, May 8, 2006 – The regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center™ at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation in Hackensack, N.J., for its recent contributions to environmental health with a Region 2 Quality Award. Read more



Ms. Imus Wins National Volunteer Service Award

sarnoff_thumbHackensack, NJ, May 24, 2006 – Children’s environmental health advocate Deirdre Imus was honored with the prestigious Lizette H. Sarnoff Award for Volunteer Service in early May by the National Women’s Division of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Recent efforts by Deirdre Imus and her organization have helped usher in “Green Cleaning” Executive Orders from governors of three states. Read more

St. Vincents Medical Center Goes Green

imus-davis115srgbthumbHackensack, NJ, May 23, 2006 – Less than a month after Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell signed an Executive Order directing state agencies and authorities to begin using less toxic cleaning products to help reduce exposure to toxic ingredients and improve indoor air quality, St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport becomes the first hospital in the state to adopt the award-winning Greening the Cleaning® program. Read more

NYC Can Score on Product Cleaning Standards

dimusHackensack, NJ, February 20, 2006 – New York City’s new “Greening Our Cleaning Act” is an important first step for improving indoor air in city buildings, and the City now has an opportunity to forge higher standards on cleaning products for the health of New Yorkers, and especially children, says national environmental leader Deirdre Imus.  Read more

New Pavilion Named 'Top 10 Green Hospital' 

hospitalWith the guidance of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center ™, The Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion at Hackensack University Medical Center was named one of America’s Top 10 Green Hospitals by The Green Guide. Read more



Environmental Hazards Closer Than You Think

chemicals_newHackensack, NJ –“Ninety percent of all cancers are believed to result from toxins in the environment, and the potential hazards are much closer than most people think,” said Deirdre Imus, President and founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center™  at Hackensack University Medical Center, a not for profit corporation and a nationally recognized healthcare organization offering patients the most comprehensive services, state-of-the art technologies, and outstanding facilities. Read more

N.J. Breathes Easier with 'Green Cleaning' Executive Order 

njbreathesHackensack, NJ, January 12, 2006 – Following the advice of Deirdre Imus, one of the nation’s environmental leaders protecting children’s health, New Jersey became the second to activate “Green Cleaning” at a statewide level to further the cause of indoor air quality. Governor Richard J. Codey signed Executive Order No. 76 today, requiring all state agencies and authorities to begin using environmentally-friendly cleaning products that are free of harmful chemicals. Read more


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