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The Invisible Health Threat: Radon Gas

Air Date: 1/28/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Katherine Pruitt, Assistant Vice President for Health Education at the American Lung Association
Katherine PruittKatherine Pruitt oversees the development, promotion and implementation of the American Lung Association's health education programs and services nationwide.

Ms. Pruitt joined the American Lung Association national headquarters staff in 1993 to work on environmental health education and outreach programs. Since that time she has gained extensive experience with issues of tobacco use prevention and cessation, as well as the prevention and management of asthma and other chronic lung diseases.

Ms. Pruitt is a champion of cross-disciplinary approaches to behavior change, and has been the creative force behind the Lung Association's Smokefree Communities project, the Asthma-friendly Schools Initiative, and the Disparities in Lung Health Series reports, among others.
The Invisible Health Threat: Radon Gas
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that can cause serious health issues such as lung cancer.

One of the scary things about radon (other than you can't smell, taste, or see it) is that it's all around you... in schools, office buildings, and your home.

According to the American Lung Association, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.

Radon gas occurs naturally, and as it decays, it releases radioactive byproducts that when inhaled can cause health problems.

How can you protect yourself from radon gas?

Katherine Pruitt, Assistant Vice President for Health Education at the American Lung Association, discusses radon gas, how it's harmful to your health, and how you can protect yourself.
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