updated 5/24/2011 11:16:37 AM ET 2011-05-24T15:16:37

LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Celebrities are concerned parents, too. That's the message behind Healthy Child Healthy World's new Luminary Advisory Board, which launched this month and counts Laila Ali, Gabrielle Anwar, Amy Brenneman, Laura Dern, Jenna Elfman, Mariel Hemingway, Josie Maran, Kelly Rutherford, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Taylor as members. These concerned parents join Healthy Child to inspire small steps to big change.

"I joined the Luminary Board of Healthy Child Healthy World to shine some light on the issues that affect my children and me everyday. Be it the environment we live in to the foods we eat or the products we use, all of these things have an impact in our health and well being. It's important for me to do my part as a mother to keep my children healthy and myself healthy – so I can be here to watch them grow up. Creating awareness is so important." – Kelly Rutherford, "Gossip Girl"

"I joined Healthy Child's Luminary Board because I want to protect my children and all children who are being unknowingly harmed by things they can't see. Just a few years ago, I knew nothing of the dangers of additives in food, BPA, household cleaners – the list goes on and on. But what really opened my eyes was when my baby had an "all natural" teething biscuit and broke out into red hives all over her face and body. After researching the ingredients, I discovered that food manufacturers hide MSG under a variety of names. After the initial period of feeling betrayed by the companies making food, clothing, shampoos and toys for kids, now I am just resolved to change it. I hope by being a part of Healthy Child I can make more people aware of the dangers out there, so that we all can demand change." –Jennifer Taylor, "Two And A Half Men"

Healthy Child Healthy World is a national non-profit inspiring the movement to protect our children from harmful chemicals. The organization began after five-year-old Colette Chuda died of a rare form of non-hereditary cancer linked to environmental factors; her parents, Jim and Nancy Chuda, turned their grief into action in 1992.

Today, millions of America's children are suffering from an unprecedented rise in chronic diseases and conditions such as cancer, autism, asthma and developmental disabilities. Scientific evidence increasingly points to chemicals in our everyday environments as contributing to many of these diseases. Healthy Child Healthy World translates the science, advocates for policy change and empowers parents to make easy lifestyle choices that better protect their children.

Educational resources, cutting-edge news and articles, convenient advice, and a link to the Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home book, including essays from Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Hanks and Michelle Obama, among others, as well as contributions from Healthy Child Honorary and Advisory Board members Dr. Harvey Karp ("The Happiest Baby on the Block"), Dr. Alan Greene ("Raising Baby Green"), and William McDonough ("Cradle to Cradle"), can be found at the organization's award-winning website, www.healthychild.org .

CONTACT:

Michelle Jue, Healthy Child Healthy World
310-820-2030 or michelle@healthychild.org

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