District Reaches Century Status
With over 100-participants, the School District of Palm
Beach County has reached the century mark in the
Tobacco Prevention Training World. With almost 2/3 of
the entire participant group, we are happy to report
that the teachers in Palm Beach County are receiving
professional development points faster than all other
Congratulations also go out to Jackson County for being
the first county to have more than 1% of their entire
staff of teachers take the course. That's
By getting the message to them while they are young,
students have a better opportunity to make the right
decisions when it comes to tobacco use.
Every year, we learn more about how devastating tobacco
can be to the human body and how damaging secondhand
smoke is to those around it. In fact, 32,300 Floridians die from
smoking (480,000 deaths a year
nationwide) every year. It's great to see
the number of students that are being reached from the
teachers that complete this program every year.
Teaching about tobacco-related diseases, which are the
most preventable cause of death here in Florida and
worldwide, our course explains that tobacco is
responsible for the deaths of approximately half of all
long-term tobacco users.
For every person who dies, another 30
suffer from one or more serious illnesses from
smoking is the major single cause of preventable death
in the United States.
Some of the Various Forms of Tobacco
Cigarettes are just one of the many ways people get
their nicotine. Now, with flavored cigars, hookahs,
chew, dip, snus, snuff and e-cigarettes, children are
bombarded with a multitude of ways they can start the
habit. Our course helps educators teach their students
the dangers of tobacco and how to make better lifestyle
choices. Check out this activity from our site. Then click
on an image to learn more.
Here are a few stats that will open your eyes: Youths
(11-17 years) who have tried e-cigarettes: 26.2% -
middle school: 14.7% (up 390%), high school 37.6% (up
526.7%). Read more about the FYTS State Survey.
We have a winner...well, actually two winners and a
runner up. On Monday, October 12th, two participants
completed the 60-point course when they finished and
submitted the lessons and surveys. Sandra
G. completed the course in 47 days and
Jennifer C. completed in 54 days.
Also, on the 22nd, Alison G. completed
the 30-point course in 48 days. This is now our
standard for completion rate. Congratulations to our
first three graduates, all from Palm Beach. With 15
other participants at least halfway through one of the
courses, our list of graduates will begin to grow
rapidly, for sure!
The SHAPE Florida (Society of Health and Physical
Educators) conference took place ranging from
October 15-17 at the Trade Winds Resort in St. Pete,
Florida. Workshops from "Measuring Student Success" to "PAL
(Physical Activity Leader) Training" were offered to
teachers from all over Florida. As this group of educators
represent our largest group of participants from every
district, we were on hand to promote the course and "talk
shop" with past graduates of the program. This is such a
great group, passionate about their subject, and determined
to make a difference in the health and fitness of their
students. We'd like to thank all of the participants that
stopped by our booth for information and to share their
stories. The compliments and well wishes made the time
spent away from the office well worth the effort. More
Many educators stopped by to enter into a drawing for a
Congratulations to Alexandria Walen from Lee
County, a recent graduate of our 60-point course!
FSCA Conference 2015
The Florida School Counselor Association expands the
image and influence of professional school counselors
through advocacy, leadership, collaboration and
systemic change at the state level.
This year's conference was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton
Orlando at SeaWorld. With school counselors making up a
large segment of our participants each year, we were
thrilled to be on hand to promote the two courses. Learn
more about FSCA here.
The Tobacco Prevention Training program is looking to
reach more educators throughout Florida. We are already
at major state-wide conferences promoting tobacco
prevention, but we know that many remote areas don't
get the chance to attend major conferences, instead
sending representatives with good intentions of getting
the word back to their schools. In an attempt to let
educators throughout the state know of the opportunity
to earn 30 or 60 professional development points toward
re-certification, we are looking for local conferences
where we can promote Tobacco Prevention. If you know of
a great local conference that may benefit from having
our program as a sponsor, and/or where we could present
and promote the course, please let us know.
Together we can help students
make better choices regarding tobacco use in