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April 29, 2014

Groups unite against smoking

The Daviess and Knox tobacco prevention coalitions recently partnered with Purdue Extension, Vincennes University, the Daviess County Health Department, the Local Coordinating Councils, Healthy Communities Partnership, and other public health partners to host a continuing education workshop for health teachers.

“This workshop was an enormous benefit to local teachers, not just because of the continuing education credits provided, but also because of the evidence-based materials and resources we were able to provide to every teacher, at no cost to the teacher or the school,” said Sally Petty, Daviess County Tobacco Prevention Program Coordinator. “This workshop and the materials we provided were founded on the CDC’s Best Practices and programs that are proven to be effective.”

The free workshop was held on April 3 in Washington, Indiana. Twenty teachers, 2 school nurses, and 3 other guests from Daviess, Knox, and surrounding counties heard presentations and participated in activities that they can incorporate into their classrooms.

Topics included: activities from the “Getting A Head Start on Living Tobacco Free” program, asthma awareness, classroom movement, Media Smart curriculum, tobacco industry marketing and kids, sugary drinks and energy drinks, school nutrition, communicable diseases and sexually transmitted diseases, prescription drug abuse, new and emerging tobacco products, and activities from the voice youth tobacco prevention program.

Each participant received up to seven Personal Growth Points and a resource kit containing all of the Media Smart curriculum materials, plus materials needed to duplicate all the activities presented at the workshop and a CD full of digital fact sheets, activity ideas, tool kits, curriculum materials, presentations, and other resources.

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