Health Promotion Programs provide health education programs and work with partners using population-based practices to impact the health of the community in an effort to change policies and the environment in which we live to improve the health of children and adults.
Mission: To reduce the burden of asthma and improve the health and quality of life for all persons affected by asthma through effective control of the disease.
Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease and it’s prevalence among children has increased so much in the past 15 years that asthma is now considered to be a national epidemic. Asthma impacts the lives and families of 497,000 (11%) of Georgia’s children.
The CDPH Health Promotion Program implements at least three presentations per year in the Cobb and Douglas community about asthma control. Additionally, the program partners with elementary schools to implement Asthma-friendly school policies. To ensure that asthma management starts early, the Georgia Asthma Management Education in Childcare Settings (GAMES C-S) curriculum is implemented in child care centers in both Cobb and Douglas Counties, through partnership with the Georgia Asthma Control Program.
World Asthma Day is recognized each year on the first Tuesday in May. The aim is to raise awareness of asthma and improve asthma care throughout the world. Tuesday, May 7, 2013 is World Asthma Day 2013, please visit this site for how you can get involve in World Asthma Day 2013.
Tobacco Use Prevention:
Mission: To reduce tobacco and other drug use and abuse across the lifespan through increased evidence-based, population focused services and programs.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Smoking is associated with illness and death related to heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, and fire.
In 2008, Georgia was ranked 48 among the 51 states in funding for tobacco use prevention (Georgia was ranked 44th in 2007). In that same year, the estimated smoking-caused healthcare cost in Georgia was $2.25 billion. Georgia spent $2.2 million dollars on tobacco use prevention that year (5.4% of the CDC recommended amount), and the tobacco industry spent $444.8 million advertising its products. That is a 197.7 to 1 ratio of tobacco marketing to tobacco use prevention spending.*
*Source: American Lung Association (2007), A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 Tobacco Settlement Nine Years Later.
The American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program is designed to help participants stop smoking by providing them with all of the essential information and strategies needed to direct their own efforts at stopping. The program focuses on an active pragmatic approach to quitting smoking through active participation and group support. Participants are encouraged to apply what they learn in Freshstart to other aspects of their lives.
Freshstart has been successful because of its unique setup. The Freshstart program consists of four one-hour group sessions that take place twice weekly over a two-week period. Studies have demonstrated that a program of this length will yield as many successful ex-smokers (assessed on a long-term basis) as will a longer program stretched out over many weeks.
Phase 1: Individual Attention -Understanding How and Why
Phase 2: Strategies and Information- Mastering the First Few Days
Phase 3: Review and Discussion- Mastering Obstacles
Phase 4: Assignments- Staying Quit and Enjoying It Forever
Fresh Start is offered at no cost to Cobb and Douglas County Residents. Please visit the CDPH calendar for Fresh Start class dates.
Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy: Help to Quit Smoking Now Available Statewide
Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Uninsured Adults in Georgia
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is expanding its efforts to help Georgians quit smoking and stop using tobacco products. Beginning today, with grant money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DPH is offering a four-week supply of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy to all uninsured Georgia tobacco users aged 18 and older. Along with the American Cancer Society and the Great American Smokeout, DPH is urging Georgians to quit smoking for a day and eventually for life.
More than 1.5 million Georgians aged 18 and older smoke cigarettes. Another 315,000 adults in Georgia use some form of smokeless tobacco like chewing tobacco, snuff. And recent data shows that tobacco use is increasing among Georgia teens and young adults putting even more lives at risk for cancer. Smoking costs Georgians $1.8 billion in direct healthcare costs every year and $3.2 billion in lost productivity.
The free Nicotine Replacement Therapy medication comes in the form of patches and gum. Uninsured Georgians who use tobacco and are ready to quit, can contact the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-STOP (7867) for the free therapies. The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line provides free and confidential, professional tobacco cessation telephone and web-based counseling to all Georgia tobacco users ages 13 and older.
The Quit Line is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Additional tobacco cessation resources are available at the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Live Healthy Georgia website.
For more information on Asthma and Tobacco, contact Healthy Behaviors at 770-319-4708.