Martha S. Tingen, PhD and Christine O’Meara, MA, MPH, received a $10K Wellness Mini-Grant from the University System of Georgia for “Promoting Wellness through Tobacco Cessation: A Component of the Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative at Georgia Regents University (GRU).”

The percentage of adults who smoke in the state of Georgia (19%) and in Richmond County (22%) exceeded the national adult smoking benchmark of 14% in 2012 and registers well above the Healthy People 2020 goal of 12%. Particularly in light of the consolidated GRU campus going tobacco-free on August 1, 2013, the primary goal of the Tobacco-Free Campus initiative is to promote health and wellness among the employees, faculty, staff and students. As the State’s only public medical, nursing, and dental colleges, a health-promoting environment should be the hallmark of our campuses and serve as an example for other institutions of higher learning. This USG grant will support GRU’s efforts to creatively involve faculty and staff in learning about the health consequences of tobacco use; strategically increase awareness about the tobacco-free campus policy; enthusiastically encourage and model the shared responsibility of enforcement; and actively provide cessation services designed to help tobacco users quit smoking or stop chewing tobacco. The GRU Wellness Center has partnered with the Cancer Center to offer a drawing for either a series of personal trainer sessions or an individual Wellness Center membership for one year for employees who complete the tobacco cessation program.

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