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Air Quality Awareness Week: How it Affects Your Health

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Metro area scored in the non-attainable level when it comes to air quality. But what kind of impact does that make on our health?

"If a person has any respiratory illness and they want to see how it works on a specific day that the air quality isn't too well, they can use the Air Quality Indicator through the smog alert to determine when to do outside activity," explained Wanda Jenkins, manager of the Columbus Clean-Air Campaign.

Columbus Planning Director, Rick Jones added, "If you have health problems or respiratory diseases that can't get out on certain days, through our education process we try to alert them through our website or through our e-mail notification system that it may or may not be a good day."

But poor air quality doesn't just affect old or sick individuals. Jenkins tells us it could also take a toll on athletes practicing in the heat.

"One case would be midnight football practices that area high school teams do. They have practice in the evenings and at night when the Air Quality is best and there's not a lot of smog in the area," Jenkins told News Leader Nine.


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