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Week: 601.5 

Guest: Kirk Reneau, Bio-Bright, & Director, Circadian Lighting Assn. 

Topic: Light therapy and UV rays 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Light therapy and UV rays...coming up... 

SPOT: The best emergency is one that doesn't happen. The National Emergency Medicine Association. Visit us at www.nemahealth.org. 

NEMA: You may know that special lights are used to treat Winter Blues, and its offspring, Seasonal Affective Disorder...and you can go out today and buy several types of lights to try and address the situation. Kirk Reneau of the Circadian Lighting Association has some tips... 

RENEAU: When you're shopping around for lighting products, of course, do your homework. Find out about whether companies are members of the trade association...that means that they adhere to standards of performance and have their products tested...and that's the Circadian Lighting Association. 

NEMA: And Reneau has some specific advice...stay away from lights producing UV rays...called "full spectrum" lights... 

RENEAU: So, for SAD, and winter depression, all the reputable companies make sure that there is no ultraviolet light in their products. And that's important for people to understand as they read about full spectrum and things like that.  

NEMA: You can search the internet for "light therapy" and find more information on getting more light during the Winter...and avoiding the blues or depression. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.