Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Thanks for Participating in World No Tobacco Day Activities

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We had quite the weekend!  Locally, our coalition, the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) hosted a cigarette butt clean-up as part of the Omaha Tobacco-Free Parks Initiative in three Omaha parks: Gene Leahy Mall, Benson Park, and Fontenelle Park.  And unfortunately, we found A LOT of tobacco trash in our parks. Here’s a link to the news story from KETV: http://www.ketv.com/news/local-volunteers-get-hands-dirty-getting-spent-cigarette-butts-out-of-area-parks/33315486            We also had tons of activity online through our blog, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts in commemoration of World No Tobacco… Continue Reading

TOBACCO-FREE PARKS Promote Healthy Lifestyles Free of Tobacco and Secondhand Smoke

Parks. If you are like me when I hear this word, I think of a playground with kids, a place where you can take your dog for a walk, and a place where people are having a picnic or playing a game of soccer, baseball, or another sport. The Omaha Tobacco-Free Parks Initiative reinforces the idea that parks are places where healthy lifestyles should be promoted. This initiative sends a positive message to youth, families, and athletes, decreases the tobacco trash that can be ingested… Continue Reading

Tobacco-Free/Substance-Free Event for Native Youth

Liz Brown specializes in youth suicide prevention within the Indian Center Inc.  As an advocate, she helps the youth she serves find healthier alternatives when dealing with overwhelming amounts of stress. The challenges in her work have made her realize that there is a great need in the Native American community to have open discussions about health risk behaviors.  She explains that seeking help is a serious stigma in her community. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), social determinants of health are conditions in… Continue Reading