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January 8, 2008

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047,


Radon Poster Contest Winner is Omaha Student

Omaha—The winner of the Nebraska Radon Program’s poster contest for children ages 9-14 is Colleen Jareske of Beveridge Magnet School in Omaha. Her entry, "Be Stronger Than Radon" can be viewed at:

"The poster contest is a fun way for kids to learn about an important issue," said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. "Kids like Colleen can help get the message out that everyone should test for radon."

Entries for the contest were submitted from children across the state on radon-related topics. Two runners-up were selected: Juan Carlos Chavez, also from Beveridge Magnet School, and Lisa Ebert from Platteview Junior High in Springfield. Nebraska’s winning entries will be considered for the National Poster contest held by the National Safety Council.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for people who have never smoked. It’s an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is present in most Nebraska homes.

January is Radon Action Month and an opportune time for Nebraskans to test for radon in their homes. During winter homes are closed up and can trap the toxic gas.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year are radon-related, a cause second only to tobacco-related lung cancer deaths.

For more information about radon call the Nebraska Radon Hotline at 1-800-334-9491 or see the DHHS Web site at

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