November 2015 Edition

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 districts combined.

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 AWESOME!
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. Cigarette 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.

SY2016 Graduates

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!


SHAPE Conference

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 about SHAPE Florida.

Many educators stopped by to enter into a drawing for a webcam.

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.

District Conferences

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 Florida.

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