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VCHD Offers Smoke Free Mothers And Babies Program

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Smoke Free Mothers And Babies Program

Volusia County Health Department received a March of Dimes Grant called "Smoke-Free Mothers & Babies" aimed at providing smoking cessation education for pregnant women.

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"We are excited about getting this grant because it allows our prenatal patients from Women's Health Services and pregnant women in WIC who smoke to be referred to a four-week series of classes for smoking cessation," said Volusia County Health Department's Tobacco Specialist, Rakinya Hinson.

The classes will be centered on the long-term benefits of smoking cessation and encourage self-esteem building by providing stress management techniques and healthy lifestyles information to include good nutrition and physical activity for long-term weight management. With the mother adopting a healthy lifestyle, the newborn will learn healthy habits early on and all household members will be exposed to a healthier environment.

"Although data for low birth weight and infant mortality in Volusia County is lower than the State average, offering the smoking cessation services at the Volusia County Health Department may improve the health of newborns and, in the longer term, affect the health of our community through potentially lowering lung cancer deaths and asthma hospitalizations which for Volusia County are higher than State rates," said Barbara Harrison, Interim Director for Chronic Disease Prevention and Wellness for the health department.

Public transportation vouchers will be offered to participants. The program is offered by referral only with classes beginning in August. Please contact Rakinya Hinson at 386-274-0601 for more information.