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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Thanks for your support for RadonAware!

Thank You from RadonAware

With November, and Radon Aware Month finished, I finally have some time to reflect on all the incredible support provided to the BC Lung Association’s RadonAware Program. In the fall, we sent out 80 packages with information on radon and its health risks to Mayors and Councils across BC located in Area 1 of BC – the high radon risk region of the province. Leaders were asked to support the BC Lung Association’s RadonAware campaign by adopting and implementing various simple, and low-cost initiatives. The response was exciting, with a full list of actions being implemented by communities to increase awareness

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Vernon Native Housing Society put tenant health first

Native Housing Society Takes Action on Radon

James Verheul has a strong interest in radon gas. He works with the Vernon Native Housing Society and is responsible for general maintenance of the various buildings that provide housing to low-income families and individuals of both aboriginal and non-aboriginal descent within the Vernon area. The Vernon Native Housing Society is located in Area 1 of the Province of BC – the region known to be at an increased risk for high levels of indoor radon gas. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and responsible for as many as 3,200 cancer deaths each year in Canada.

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5 tips to protect yourself against the flu

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Stay healthy and prevent the spread of influenza by taking the following steps: Ensure you and your family gets an annual flu shot. Wash your hands properly, and often. Twenty seconds of hand washing with warm water and soap helps remove bacteria and viruses. Cover up when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not available, raise your arm up to your face to cough or sneeze into your sleeve. If you use a tissue, dispose of it and wash your hands immediately. Keep shared surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and telephones clean as bacteria can live up to

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FOCUS. BREATHE. PLAY HARD. – A Learning Opportunity and Experience!

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We are 4th year nursing students from the University of Saskatchewan who began a community health rotation at The Lung Association in September.  From the first day we were welcomed with open arms and their inter-professional staff provided us with multiple learning opportunities. Our main project was the Focus. Breathe. Play Hard. Lung Health Challenge  which was done in partnership with The Saskatoon Blades and The Regina Pats.  We were busy and worked like Santa’s Little Elves for the past three months to complete our assignments. Our days at The Lung Association were filled with emails, drafting, editing, finalizing, organizing,

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Warm and safe for winter!

Thanks you Nate

Meet Nate Sereda, an enthusiastic Certified Energy Advisor based in the Kootenays that recently completed his Radon Mitigation Certification and applied to the BC Lung Association’s RadonAware incentive program. Now that Nate is certified he will be putting his radon training to good use in his own community; raising awareness of the serious lung cancer risk posed by radon, and the simple actions people can take to test and mitigate. And just in time, as winter is the best time to test for radon. RadonAware sat down with Nate to ask him a few questions about radon and his plans

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