Minnesota Homes are a hotbed for unsafe levels of Radon!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 9:29:44 AM America/Chicago

Original Article by: BRAD SCHRADE , Star Tribune:radon-lungs

Wes and Mary Anne Bry moved their three daughters to Lakeville 18 years ago, thinking their new house on a quiet cul-de-sac would be a dream home.

But last September, just days before their 30th wedding anniversary, Wes was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and he began to wonder.

Wes, who is 60, had never smoked, and an Internet search led him to radon gas, the nation's second-leading cause of lung cancer. The Bry's bought a test kit at a local hardware store, placed it in their basement -- and learned that the house where they have lived for nearly two decades has radon levels roughly three times above the federal safety level.

"I alerted all my neighbors," said Mary Anne. "Anybody I know ... I say: 'You should be doing this test.'"

 State health officials are equally alarmed that, despite years of effort by their colleagues, thousands of other Minnesotans remain unaware of the health risks from the odorless, colorless gas.

More than 40 percent of Minnesota home radon tests conducted in the past 13 years show unsafe levels of the radioactive gas, according to a Star Tribune analysis of state records. Yet Minnesota has no mandatory radon testing of homes, schools or day care centers; no requirement that homeowners test for radon before selling a house; and weaker real estate disclosure rules than some leading states.



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You make me sick. How healthy communities create healthy individuals

Saturday, January 19, 2013 11:01:22 AM America/Chicago

Joel Spoonheim

 About Joel Spoonheim

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Joel Spoonheim is Healthways’ director of the Healthways | Blue Zones Vitality City initiative. A leader in community transformation, he has worked for city governments, a food manufacturer, healthcare companies, and non-profits directing major initiatives that require engaging diverse stakeholders and complex problem solving.

The Healthways Blue Zones Vitality City initiative is currently transforming three adjacent cities in California. Vitality City coordinates 10-15 concurrent initiatives to change people’s daily environments to make healthy choices easy. The initiative strives to improve well-being – physical, social, and emotional health, as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. In 2009, Spoonheim led the first pilot to prove a saturation strategy, the AARP Blue Zones Vitality Project in Albert Lea, Minnesota.......

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HealthyExposure a featured sponsor of the Healthy Life Expo!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:56:14 AM America/Chicago

mediamaxphoyoHealthyExposure, Inc. was a featured corporate sponsor of the Healthy Life Expo this past weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The show is produced by Media Max Events and Expos, Inc.  The Healthy Life Expo had record attendance this past weekend. HealthyExposure, Inc. supports and encourages Healthy Homes, Lawns and Lifestyles.

 

 

 

  

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National Radon Action Month

Friday, January 11, 2013 6:35:20 AM America/Chicago

National Radon Action Month

National Radon Action Month

 

EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month. Learn more about the national effort to take action against radon.

  • Reduce your family's risk of lung cancer
  • Find ways to reduce your risk of lung cancer during National Radon Action Month
  • Learn four easy things you as homeowners, renters, and parents can do to take action in January
  • Find links to local radon information and more
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