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Tobacco Free Partnership and College of Central Florida Host 3rd Annual Great American Smokeout Health Fair
November 19, 2015

To celebrate the 2015 American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County and the College of Central Florida (CF) Levy Campus partnered together to host a health fair at the college. The health fair vendors focused their messages on encouraging staff, students, and the community to quit using tobacco and choose healthy behaviors by using free and available community resources.

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This is the third year that this health fair has taken place and a total of 12 community vendors attended and shared information with the staff and students of CF and community members. Approximately 50 people attended the health fair, which was advertised around the community, in the newspapers, and through word of mouth.

Levy County Community Health Advocate, Kristina Zachry, helped organize the vendors for the event, which included tobacco prevention and cessation information from the Tobacco Free Partnership, blood pressure readings, exercise, and healthy weight information from the Florida Department of Health, yoga demonstrations, information about nutrition from the University of Florida IFAS Extension, and other important health-related organizations including Palms Medical Center, Another Way, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Haven Hospice, Levy County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Levy County Prevention Coalition, among others.

“The health fair has become a much anticipated annual event, and I’m so happy that the College of Central Florida is such a supportive community partner,” says Ms. Zachry. “We reached many people with valuable health information and I encouraged several people to utilize our available resources to quit using tobacco.”

The College of Central Florida has a comprehensive tobacco free school policy that will extend to a new campus that is currently being constructed in Chiefland. Both employees and students who attended the health fair benefited from information on Florida’s 3 Ways to Quit and information on how to prevent secondhand smoke exposure. Participants also learned about important resources in the community to support a tobacco and drug free lifestyle, including resources for a healthy diet, exercise, and ways to reduce stress.

Overall, the health fair was successful and impactful. Martha Chadburn is a staff assistant at the College of Central Florida, and she worked with Ms. Zachry to organize the health fair event. “We were able to show our students community health and wellness resources that they may not have been aware of,” says Ms. Chadburn. She added, “We hope they will take advantage of those resources as consumers, and see their providers as examples of potential career paths.”

For more information on the work of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County, contact the Partnership Facilitator, Kristina Zachry, at KZachry@QuitDoc.com.