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Break Free from Smoking Advocacy Association

Freedom from Smoking is a program designed by the American Lung Association that has been helping adults who are ready to quit smoking since 1981. Most people know that smoking is bad for their health, so the program's main focus is on how to quit because participants often have their own reasons for wanting to quit. Freedom from smoking is a group clinic taught by an ALA trained facilitator that meets for eight sessions. They also offer a web-based program available 24 -7. Participants benefit from the support of their peers and the classes review the latest research on the variety nicotine replacement therapies, such as gums and patches, as well as other smoking cessation medications. Each clinic session uses well tested methods aimed at helping smokers gain control over their behavior. In addition to the clinic, ALA has a workbook-style Freedom from Smoking self-help manual that can provide additional reinforcement, motivation and information that might help smokers interested in quitting on their journey. To find local clinics, interested parties can call the ALA, and employers or community organizations can also arrange to host a clinic to promote the health of their staff or members. ... | Read More

Create a Smokefree Workplace Policy Advocacy Association

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Businesses can benefit by understanding the serious impact of tobacco in the workplace and by implementing programs and policies to support a healthier workforce. Healthier workers are more productive workers, and it is clear that non-smokers are healthier workers. ... | Read More

Find Free or Reduced Cost Prenatal Care Government - Federal

Every state has a program to help women pay for medical care during their pregnancies. Prenatal care is important to ensure a healthy pregnancy and healthy fetal development. Programs give medical care, information, advice, and other services important for a healthy pregnancy. To find out about the program in your state: Call 800-311-BABY (800-311-2229). This toll-free telephone number will connect you to the Health Department in your area code. For information in Spanish, call 800-504-7081. Or contact your local Health Department. ... | Read More

Implement Smoke-free Legislation Advocacy Association

Toolkit for Implementing Smoke-free Laws This website provides tools, tips and resources to help you effectively implement a smoke-free law, including: -an implementation timeline -downloadable promotional advertising, signage and other materials -business outreach materials -media and public outreach materials -resources to help smokers quit -activities to evaluate the smoke-free law. ... | Read More

Implement Smoke-free Legislation Advocacy Association

Toolkit for Implementing Smoke-free Laws This website provides tools, tips and resources to help you effectively implement a smoke-free law, including: -an implementation timeline -downloadable promotional advertising, signage and other materials -business outreach materials -media and public outreach materials -resources to help smokers quit -activities to evaluate the smoke-free law. ... | Read More

Participate in WIC Program Government - Federal

Nutrition is an important part of prenatal health. WIC is a successful and cost-effective nutrition intervention program that is associated with improved birth outcomes, including reduced infant mortality, reduced low birth weight rates, increased duration of pregnancy and increased use of early prenatal care. ... | Read More

Promote Cessation online Government - Federal

The Task Force on Community Preventive Services has found that using internet based cessation programs can be effective in leading individuals to quit smoking. ... | Read More

SUCCESS STORIES

People everywhere are taking action – and they’re making a difference. From developing better eating and exercise habits to encouraging others to quit smoking, folks all across the nation are banding together to help make this country healthy. Read these three stories of success and find your inspiration to improve the health of your community.

Healthy Minnesota 2020

State seal of MinesotaThe Minnesota Department of Health has dynamically utilized America’s Health Rankings to build successful partnerships and action plans to improve health outcomes in their state.

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Live Well STL

Mary Jo Condon updates the progress of the Live Well STL initiative.  With support from United Health Foundation and the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition and the Midwest Health Initiative, developed Live Well STL to support St. Louis area residents in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

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Now in its fourth year, the MaineHealth Health Index Initiative was launched in 2009-10 with the two-fold aim of: 1) Engaging MaineHealth, Maine’s largest integrated health system, and its partners to use health data to inform needs and opportunities to improve the health of the nearly 1.0 million people in the 11 counties served by the MaineHealth system, and 2) Monitor improvements made in health status over time
 

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