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It’s an odorless, tasteless, gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. All reasons why you might want to test your home for radon.

Radon claims 21,000 lives in the U.S. each year, Kelly Gallo of the Summit County health department explains what radon is.

“It’s Uranium as it decays and so the gases are just naturally there. It seeps into our homes through cracks and crevices and our foundation. The only way that you’re going to know whether you really do have that in your home is if you test for it.”

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The Summit County Health Department is offering a class to help people on the cusp of a dangerous lifestyle disease.

For the past three years or so Summit County Health department has been offering classes for those with pre-diabetes or risk for pre-diabetes to help them reverse trends and avoid Type 2 diabetes.

Summit County Health Promotion Director Shelly Worley reports that one out of three adults are pre-diabetic and nine out of 10 that are do not know that they have it.

E-Cigarette Use By Adolescents Has Doubled

Nov 30, 2018
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A state survey shows a dramatic drop in Utah Teens smoking traditional cigarettes. However, the use of e cigarette products by youth has had an upswing. Summit County health officials are concerned about the effects these chemicals may have on people long term. Carolyn Murray has this:

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means Wasatch Back residents are busy buying and planning for their Thanksgiving meal. Many residents will be eating turkey, mashed potatoes and pie, but if you’re planning on eating a romaine salad or beef you might want to think again.

Summit County Health Department Public Information Officer Derek Siddoway says the CDC has released a food safety alert for all types of romaine lettuce in the U.S. and Canada.

Summit County Health Department is offering a training to help residents know how to respond when they worry someone might be contemplating suicide. The trainings are tonight at 6:00 at the Park City Library and tomorrow at the monthly lunch and learn at the MARC.

QPR Stands for Question, Persuade Refer. Summit County Health Department Educator Alyssa Mitchell says that it’s referenced as the CPR of mental health.

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As the county draws near to the one-year anniversary of implementing the Summit County Mental Wellness Plan, KPCW takes a look at the progress of the plan.

Last November, Summit County Council ratified a Summit County Mental Wellness Plan. The plan has five strategic goals, focusing on access, equity, recovery and reintegration, success and sustainability and prevention and education. The five goals also have nearly 50 objectives to accomplish over the 5 years.

Summit County Mental Health Director Aaron Newman says he views the first year as a success.

Utah Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health recently released the 2017 Utah Adolescent Health Report. KPCW spoke with Summit County Health Department to gain insight from the report.

The 2017 Utah Adolescent Health Report was released in October and looks at the wellbeing of youth in the state. Summit County Mental Health Director Aaron Newman points out that Summit County’s numbers had some variation from the state.

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The Summit County Health Department and their partners are launching a campaign to encourage residents to phase out their wood-burning fireplaces.

The coalition just received a grant of $120,000 from the EPA to help in the effort.

A couple of years ago, the Snyderville Planning Commission restricted wood-burning fireplaces in all new construction.

Leslie Thatcher

As the winds shifted Thursday, smoke from the Dollar Ridge Fire blew into Summit County – and the P-M 2-point-5 levels jumped sky high into the unhealthy category. While the numbers have dropped into good or moderate - they continue to fluctuate and caught the attention of the Summit County Health Dept. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Summit County Environmental Health Director Phil Bondurant says the smoky skies came on quickly.

Although more and more young people in our area use electronic cigarettes, the Summit County Health Department wants them to know that vaping is not a safe alternative to tobacco, as Rick Brough tells us:

The Sundance Film Festival is bigger than just Park City.  In addition to all of the permitting that must be approved by the municipality, the Summit County Health Department is also very invovled to protect the health of those attending the festival.  Leslie Thatcher explains:

Vail Resorts, Inc., announced last month that Chief Executive Officer Rob Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, have decided that the initial focus for their recently announced charitable fund will be on mental health issues in the Company’s local communities. Katz and Amsterdam created the new charitable fund in October 2017 with funding of approximately $58 million. Carolyn Murray has this :

Local News Hour December 27, 2017

Dec 27, 2017

On today’s program, Park City Mayor Jack Thomas has a look back at his four years as mayor. Outgoing Park City Board of Realtors President Sara Werberlow and President Elect Todd Anderson have a look back at 2017 and the year ahead. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Spokesman Tom Kelly has a team update and joining him are some of the athletes participating in this week’s Olympic Qualifiers at the UOP, Bryan Fletcher, Nina Lussi,  and Will Rhoads and Dr. Melissa Lopez-Larsen from Summit County Health Department  talks  about seasonal depression.

Safe Kids Day is coming up on Friday, May 19th.  The Summit County Health Department is hosting an afternoon of events to educate kids and parents on how to avoid preventable injury from accidents. Carolyn Murray has more:

Mental Health and Substance Abuse have been on Park City’s radar since last fall when two 8th graders from Treasure Mountain Junior High School overdosed on opiate drugs that came from internet sources in China. There’s a Free Seminar Friday where the public can learn about successful treatment programs and practices for those dealing with this illness.  Carolyn Murray has more: