Health & Safety

November 30, 2012

Great American Smokeout gives smokers a running start to quit

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Airman 1st Class Monet Villacorte
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs


NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Health and Wellness Center and 99th Force Support Squadron held The Great American Smokeout 5k and Turkey Trot Nov. 15, 2012, at the Warrior Fitness Center in support of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Approximately 100 Airmen and their families participated in the 3.3 mile run from the fitness center to the Sunrise Vista Golf Course and back, in order to promote healthy life choices and encourage Airmen to stop tobacco use.

The Great American Smokeout is an annual event developed by the American Cancer Society and is held nationwide on the third Thursday of November. During this day people are challenged to stop smoking cigarettes for 24 hours in hopes of inspiring them to quit forever. Every year, Nellis offers challenges in support of Airmen who are trying to eliminate the habit of smoking and to promote a healthier lifestyle.

“The whole idea for Airmen is to keep them mission ready and fit-to-fight, said Mrs. Laura Weart, the Nellis Health and Wellness Center director. “By encouraging Airmen to quit smoking we are helping them take a step in the right direction toward healthier lives.”

Along with promoting fitness and healthier living, there were prize giveaways for the participants of the 5K run. Turkeys, gift cards, t-shirts and grocery bags were among the many prizes given to those who participated. Information was also provided to all runners letting them
know the dangers of prolonged tobacco use.

“Hopefully this event inspired Airmen to make better choices and provided them the information they need to make informed decisions about smoking as well as fitness,” said Staff Sgt. Christian Concepcion, 99th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist and special events coordinator for the Warrior Fitness Center.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month doesn’t end with The Great American Smokeout however; throughout the month smokers can still take advantage of classes, briefings and help lines provided by the HAWC to encourage them to take the first step to quit smoking.

“The Health and Wellness Center is here to help you if you want to quit smoking,” said Weart. “Anybody can either come to one of our tobacco classes or they can call our telephone quit line.”

Quitting smoking can be difficult but with the help of services from the HAWC, fitness center and even the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Airmen and their family members can get the support and assistance needed to quit.

“If people are interested in quitting smoking they can contact us here [HAWC] and we can talk to them about the classes we offer,” said Weart. “We can also let them know there’s other ways to manage their stress.”

If you or your family members are trying to quit smoking, need support or someone to talk to, please contact the HAWC at 702-653-3375. You can also visit www.ucanquit2.org for online support or the Lung Cancer Association Quit-line at 1-877-695-7848.




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