Lakes and Pines Community Action Council is keeping their central office and satellite office properties smoke free thanks to a Partners in Healthy Living mini-grant. The council’s Board of Directors adopted a policy in October 2014 for a smoke free workplace and environment. With the support of management, the strategy was delivered in a consistent message in that it’s the right thing to do with the health and wellness of staff and visitors of the agency. The organization began educating staff of the upcoming policy and allowed plenty of lead time by providing resources such as the agency’s health insurance carrier’s smoking cessation programs and the Quit Plan. Resources were also made available to visitors of the Agency as well.
Bob Benes, Lakes and Pines’ Executive Director, stated, “we applaud the efforts of staff in support of the policy and helping to successfully implement it as well as other health and wellness initiatives.” Benes continued, “The wellness projects that followed on the heels of the policy included healthy snack days, fitness activities and wellness education incorporated into the agency’s safety training days.”
One key medium of communication was the signage placed around all property and satellite offices of Lakes and Pines. Signage is easily legible and visible. The Partners in Healthy Living mini-grant helped purchase the signage and hardware for installation.
Staff can now open their office windows and not have the second-hand smoke enter in. It is a “breath of fresh air.”