Many of us live in the Boulder area because of the wonderful, healthy indoor and outdoor activities readily available to us year round. Unfortunately, the indoor air at the YMCA of Boulder County is contaminated by air “fresheners” placed around the workout facility as an attempt to mask odors. Air “fresheners” do not “freshen” the air but instead put out chemical scents in an attempt to hide odors and deaden your sense of smell. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council research, nearly all products on the market contain hazardous phthalates and no regulations exist to require labeling. You and your children are inhaling these chemicals and poisoning your bodies while trying to do something healthy. Other toxins put into the air by common air “fresheners” include acetaldehyde, dichlorobenzene, ethanol, formaldehyde, and limonene, to name just a few. Air “fresheners” are easy to spot. They are often plugged into an outlet or mounted on a wall. Not all are as obvious to the nose as you might think. We have asked the YMCA of Boulder County to remove these but have not received a response. Please ask the kind people who work at the YMCA to remove them next time you go. You may just find you feel even better after a workout when you breathe clean air.