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Three new Tobacco-Free Champions in our region

May 29, 2014
The commitment of a Barrie sports organization to promote tobacco-free sports and recreation, an Orillia sailing club’s decision to make its grounds smoke free, and team work by healthcare staff in Penetanguishene to create supportive environments for clients making the journey to tobacco-free living have earned three local groups recognition as 2014 Tobacco-Free Champions.
SIMCOE MUSKOKA – The commitment of a Barrie sports organization to promote tobacco-free sports and recreation, an Orillia sailing club’s decision to make its grounds smoke free, and team work by healthcare staff in Penetanguishene to create supportive environments for clients making the journey to tobacco-free living have earned three local groups recognition as 2014 Tobacco-Free Champions.
 
The awards are presented annually by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit in celebration of World No Tobacco Day May 31. The day has been designated by the World Health Organization to recognize the progress being made around the world to reduce the five million deaths that occur each year as a result of tobacco use.
 
This year’s Simcoe Muskoka winners include: 
 

Peter Burton, Simcoe County Cup - New on the sports scene in the Barrie area in 2013, the Simcoe County Cup sports organization was quick to join the tobacco-free sports and recreation movement instituting a tobacco-free policy for all players, spectators and coaches involved with the organization.  As director of operations, Burton is being recognized for taking a leadership role to support the healthy development of youth, families, and our local communities. More about the organization’s commitment to tobacco-free sports can be found on its website simcoecountycup.com

Orillia’s Champlain Sailing Club - Club members at the Champlain Sailing Club have been breathing easy since the summer of 2013 when the club implemented a smoke-free grounds policy.  By doing so, the club is protecting its users from drifting secondhand smoke, protecting the environment from tobacco product pollution, and promoting positive role modeling and healthy behaviours for their younger members and guests. The policy aligns with the club’s values of living a fun, active and healthy lifestyle.

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care - Two workgroups at the Centre, the Sans Souci Program for Transition and Recovery and the Acute Assessment Program tobacco support workgroups, are being recognized for their commitment to support clients with multiple challenges to make the journey to tobacco-free living. Looking for ways to improve the overall programing in place at the Centre since it went smoke free in 2003, the workgroups investigated best practices, ensured staff had access to recognized tobacco treatment certification training, and put programming in place to offer clients both group and individual counseling to support their cessation efforts.

Each of this year’s recipients will be presented with a Tobacco-Free Champion plaque by the health unit. These winners join 38 other champions who have been honored since the awards were created in 2008.

For more information or support for tobacco-free living visit the health unit website at simcoemuskokahealth.org or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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