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Tobacco Free Partnership and College of Central Florida Host Great American Smokeout Health Fair
November 21, 2014

To celebrate the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on November 20th, the Tobacco Free Partnership and the College of Central Florida (CF) partnered up to host a health fair to encourage staff, students, and the community to quit using tobacco, using the free resources that are available in Florida.

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This is the second year that this health fair has taken place and a total of 12 vendors attended and shared information with the staff and students of CF and community other members. Approximately 70 people attended the health fair, which was advertised around the community, in the newspapers, and through word of mouth.

Levy County Tobacco Prevention Specialist, Kristina Zachry, helped organize the vendors for the event, which included tobacco prevention and cessation information from the Tobacco Free Partnership, blood pressure readings from nursing students, Zumba demonstrations, information about nutrition, diabetes, and exercise as well as blood glucose readings from the Florida Department of Health.  Other important health-related organizations that participated included the American Heart Association, Palms Medical Center, Another Way, Haven Hospice, Yoga Ya’ll, Levy County Emergency Management, the Levy County  Sheriff’s Office, and Chiefland Health & Fitness.

“The health fair went really well, and I’m so happy that the College of Central Florida is such a supportive community partner,” said Ms. Zachry. “We reached many people with valuable health information and I talked to a lot of people about how they can quit using tobacco.”

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The College of Central Florida has recently implemented a comprehensive tobacco free school policy that will extend to a new campus currently under construction in Chiefland. Both employees and students who attended the health fair benefitted from information on Florida’s 3 Ways to Quit and additional information on how to be protected from secondhand smoke exposure. Additionally, there were several door prizes for participants and opportunities for giveaways and information from each of the vendors.

For more information on the goal os the Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County, contact Kristina Zachry at kzachry@quitdoc.com.