Health Check – Pelham Ball Park Goes Smoke Free!
“Pelham ball park is proudly tobacco free as of April 2013,” stated Tonya Garner, Grundy and Franklin County’s Health Educator. “Ball players, coaches, volunteers and observers were able to breathe free on the opening night of ball games in Pelham. Leading by example, Pelham is exposing children to one less health risk when at the ballpark. The whole community agrees that we need to make a positive impact on the children now when the kids are the most easily influenced.
Children’s exposure to smoke in Grundy County is a major concern of the Grundy County Health Council. Our adult smoking rate is well above both the national and state average and over 25.6% of Grundy mothers report smoking during pregnancy vs. 10.4% for the US and 18.4% in the state.
The Health Council is committed to working to improve the health of all residents in our community. We encourage those of you who do smoke to be careful and only smoke far away from children and any other person who might be exposed to the smoke. If you would like to stop, the Health Council is offering workshops to help. Please call the Grundy County Health Department for more information. Together, we can make our county a healthy one for all residents.”
Allowing our children to grow up in a clean air environment is part of the many-sided foundation for their becoming healthy adults. Part of this foundation includes getting lots of fresh air and sunshine through outdoor exercise to balance their classroom education. Make the choice today to be part of making our community a healthier place to live.