In honor of World No Tobacco Day, Friday, May 31, the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) and the Justice in Mental Health Organization (JIMHO) would like to announce a new program to promote quit-tobacco efforts. The goal of World No Tobacco Day is to promote the health risks of smoking and to promote a healthier lifestyle. To that effect, ICHD and JIMHO are now offering a program to educate participants of the hazardous effects of smoking and ways to manage those risks.
The program, entitled “Tobacco and You: Learning about Healthy Living” is offered free and is open to the public. The sessions are held weekly at JIMHO, 520 Cherry Street, Lansing, every Tuesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Drop-ins are welcome and participants are encouraged to attend as often as their schedule allows. Each week provides a different set of tools in order to live a healthier life.
The ICHD is an organization under the Ingham County Board of Commissioners with the goal of improving the health of the citizens within the County. Within the Department, the Bureau of Environmental Health aims to reduce tobacco addiction by helping people that want to cut down or quit their tobacco addiction.
JIMHO is a drop in day center for people with a mental health diagnosis and serves as the original site of implementation for the “Tobacco and You” program in Lansing. They offer support to those struggling with mental illness and provide needed assistance to manage their lives. In addition to peer support, JIMHO offers a variety of other support groups, which can be identified through their webpage http://www.jimho.org/Calendar_of_Events.php.
“Tobacco and You: Learning about Healthy Living” was originally developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The program was designed to help educate patients with a mental health diagnosis on the risks associated with tobacco use. It offers information and resources participants can use to improve their overall health, with a focus on tobacco cessation. More information about the program can be found on the website: http://www.tobaccoprogram.org/healthyliving.htm