340 - You Did WHAT in the Heart of Tobacco County?!?

Thursday, September 28
11:30 AM–12:45 PM

Location: Room RO1

Days: Thursday, 28 September
Track: Health & Wellness
Session Type: Education Session
NRPA Three Pillars: Health & Wellness

As park and recreation departments continue to reposition themselves and tout their healthy outcomes, the need is clear for actions that align to these benefits. One sometimes controversial action departments have taken or are considering is prohibiting tobacco use in the parks. Hear how Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, made such a change in 2014 – quite surprising considering the rich history of tobacco culture. Come learn from our mistakes, our strong partnership with the health department, and the results to date.

CEU Credits: 0.1

Learning Outcomes:
Discuss the impacts of tobacco use & the role of P&R & Health Departments in combating chronic diseases
Compare tobacco free vs. smoke free
Assess if strategies utilized in Mecklenburg County would be effective in your community