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Martin County Recognized With National Budget Award

Martin County has been recognized for its achievement in government budgeting for twenty-one consecutive years by The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). "The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award represents a significant achievement in recognizing the board and staff's commitment to the highest principles of government budgeting," said Taryn Kryzda, Martin County Administrator.

The nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation are designed to assess how well an organization's budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communication tool. Martin County's budget met the nationally recognized guidelines and received outstanding marks in all areas of review. "Our conservative spending approach and strong reserves combined with financial stability and fiscal responsibility have built a strong financial foundation for our county government and our community," Ms. Kryzda remarked. "This budget is a reflection of those financial accomplishments, and I'm so proud we were recognized with this prestigious award again this year," she concluded.

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The Government Finance Officers Association established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program in 1984, designed to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents that reflect guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA's best practices on budgeting, and to recognize governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

There are over 1,600 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The most recent award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA's website at www.gfoa.org/. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

 

 

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August Opportunity Network of the Treasure Coast

Port St Lucie - On Friday, August 16 The Treasure Coast Opportunity Network met at St. Lucie Trail Golf Club. This is a Foundation of maximizing opportunities for all people and businesses involved, by paying it forward across Florida’s Treasure Coast. Each of these events are created to achieve the best introductions, connections and conversions for every business, every professional and every product. The Treasure Coast Opportunity Network sets the stage for every event to result in the most engaging, networking, connecting, converting and sustaining experience possible.
For more information on The Treasure Coast Opportunity Network as well as more about meetings, events, sponsorships, members and to join for free, go to http://www.meetup.com or call Mike Mulleady at: 772.209.2300

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PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITY: GET VACCINATED TO STOP THE SPREAD OF HEPATITIS A

Martin County – The Florida Department of Health is urging residents to take steps to stop the spread of hepatitis A, which is on the rise in Florida and in parts of the United States.

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is confirming 32 cases of hepatitis A and 5 deaths associated with complications from the virus.

“Our community is one of many communities across the state and the nation experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak.” said Carolann Vitani, Interim Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health, Martin County. “With this widespread activity, it is essential that people take steps to protect themselves through good handwashing and vaccination.”

On August 1, Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees declared a Public Health Emergency to address the increase in hepatitis A cases in Florida. The declaration signals to health care providers the importance of screening and vaccination for all individuals considered at high risk for contracting hepatitis A. While anyone can contract hepatitis A, individuals who are considered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and FDOH to be high risk include: those who are experiencing homelessness; intravenous and non-intravenous drug users and men who have sex with other men. The declaration also recommends vaccination for individuals or who are at heightened risk for suffering serious complications from contracting hepatitis A. This includes individuals with chronic liver disease, clotting factor disorders and individuals over 60 years of age with underlying medical conditions.

What is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a contagious disease that attacks the liver. The virus is found in the stool of people who are infected and is commonly spread through person to person contact. Infection occurs when someone ingests the virus. While normally not fatal, persons with chronic disease, compromised immune systems and the elderly are more likely to experience a severe illness, leading to liver failure and possible death.

Vaccinate to Prevent the Spread of Hepatitis A

The hepatitis A vaccine is available in the community via healthcare providers and local pharmacies. The Florida Department of Health in Martin County at 3441 SE Willoughby Blvd., Stuart offers free hepatitis A vaccinations for uninsured, underinsured and at-risk adults (ages 19 and older) on a walk-in basis, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Practicing good hand hygiene also helps to prevent the spread of hepatitis A. Alcohol based hand sanitizers do not kill the virus. Washing hands with soap and water after changing diapers, and before preparing, serving or eating food is key to stopping the spread of hepatitis A and other germs.

Seek Medical Treatment if Experiencing Symptoms:

Anyone experiencing symptoms of hepatitis A, including fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, diarrhea, clay colored bowl movements, joint pain and jaundice (yellow skin/eyes) should contact their healthcare provider immediately for evaluation and testing.

Inform, Educate & Vaccinate
Health Department staff in Martin County are working with many community partners to provide education and vaccination throughout the community. Since April, there have been approximately 10,500 doses of the hepatitis A vaccine dispensed in Martin County, with Health Department staff providing about 2,800 of those doses.

 

 

 

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Ready, Set, Go – Success!

In Photo: Mariner Sands residents Cheryl Greene, Robert Kung, Patricia Ditmars, Jack Flanagan (Mariner Sands Charity Week chair), and Sandy Chapin present the $25,000 Mariner Sands Charity Week renewal grant to Michael Kenny, chief executive officer of The Library Foundation of Martin County.

Stuart, July 27, 2019 – Last year, a generous $25,000 grant raised during Mariner Sands Charity Week funded a pilot literacy program for families from the Golden Gate area of Stuart. In recognition of the program’s resounding success, the grant was renewed and Ready, Set, Go! will be offered again this year.

The Mariner Sands Charity Week grant to The Library Foundation of Martin County underwrites the cost for the August-to-May twice weekly program housed at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment. The goal is to provide 3- and 4-year-old children with pre-literacy skills in preparation for kindergarten.

Last year’s Ready, Set, Go! students were given pre- and post-program assessments using kindergarten readiness standards as well as social, emotional and personal growth benchmarks. The post-program assessment results revealed an impressive 103 percent growth rate.

“The extraordinary results we saw with the preschoolers in last year’s Ready, Set Go! Program are especially encouraging. Historically, only half of Martin County children enter kindergarten prepared to learn,” said Stacy Ranieri, president of The Library Foundation of Martin County. “The goal is for students to be reading on grade level by third grade, but it can be an impossible task for teachers to catch children up if they enter kindergarten and are not equipped with the skills they need to learn.”

The program allowed parents and siblings to participate in the lessons as well. Family activity bags extend the lessons at home and a set of age-appropriate books are sent home for the family to keep.

“The Ready, Set, Go! program has proven, measurable results. Mariner Sands Charity Week is thrilled to continue its support,” said Jack Flanagan, chair of Mariner Sands Charity Week.

About The Library Foundation of Martin County
Founded in 1992, the mission of The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. is to acquire and administer funds to enrich library services and facilities not met by public funding and to endow the library system for future generations. In addition to the Kiplinger Literary Award Luncheon, the foundation hosts the annual A Literary Affair dinner in March in conjunction with the Book Mania! Festival and a Young Literary Leaders awards event. For more information, visit http://www.libraryfoundationmc.org.

About Mariner Sands Charity Week
Charity Week is a volunteer organization made up of Mariner Sands Country Club members. It is the Treasure Coast’s largest residential community contributor to basic needs charities in Martin County. Since 2012, Charity Week has funded over $2 million for local nonprofits, focusing on providing food, clothing, shelter and education to those in need. For more information, visit http://www.marinersandscharityweek.org.

Boys & Girls Club Announce New Chief Finance & Administration Officer

19 Aug Eric Waters

Martin County -BGCMC welcomes Eric Waters as our new Chief Finance and Administration Officer! Eric has provided senior leadership in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, Island Institute, Pen Bay Medical Center, and Waters Consulting, LLC. He holds a BS in Management from Binghamton University and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.

Eric’s community service record includes being a board member and past president of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of Five Towns Communities that Care, board member of United Midcoast Charities and leadership team member for The Mid-Coast Economic Development District.

Eric’s career experience and interests are well aligned with the Boys & Girls Clubs. With Eric’s leadership we are ready to enter a period of exciting growth to better serve the Martin County community!

 

Boys & Girls Club Announce New Chief Advancement Officer

19 Aug Angela Hoffman BGC

Martin County -BGCMC welcomes Angela Hoffman as our new Chief Advancement Officer! Through her service as a volunteer for the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center and as a past Governor’s appointee to the Children’s Services Council, Angela developed a passion for doing whatever it takes to help youth reach their full potential.

Since graduating from the University of Florida in 2007 with a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism, Angela has held positions at the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Project Northland, and The Mansion at Tuckahoe. Most recently, as the CEO of the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, Angela tackled advocacy projects to help small businesses, developed valuable educational seminars and networking events, and managed a number of large community events showcasing the community and boosting the local economy.

In 2012, Angela was appointed by the Martin County Commissioners to serve on the Community Redevelopment Agency’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee. She currently serves as the president-elect for the Business Development Board of Martin County. She was nominated for the Character Counts Employee Pillar of Character Award and the Soroptimist International of Stuart Women of Distinction Award 2013 and 2014. Angela is a member of the Young Professionals of Martin County and the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals.

A native Floridian, Angela Hoffman grew up in Tequesta and enjoys boating, snorkeling, paddle boarding and relaxing on the sandbar. She lives in Hobe Sound with her husband; Jason, and two daughters; Laney and Alina. Angela’s personal goal is to show her daughters that to be an effective community leader one must simply elevate the degree in which they empower others.

With Angela’s leadership we are ready to do whatever it takes to build even more great futures in Martin County!

Boys & Girls Club Announce Chief Outcomes & Club Experience Officer

19 Aug Sarah Torres

Martin County -BGCMC welcomes Angela Hoffman as our new Chief Advancement Officer! Through her service as a volunteer for the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center and as a past Governor’s appointee to the Children’s Services Council, Angela developed a passion for doing whatever it takes to help youth reach their full potential.

Since graduating from the University of Florida in 2007 with a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism, Angela has held positions at the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Project Northland, and The Mansion at Tuckahoe. Most recently, as the CEO of the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, Angela tackled advocacy projects to help small businesses, developed valuable educational seminars and networking events, and managed a number of large community events showcasing the community and boosting the local economy.

In 2012, Angela was appointed by the Martin County Commissioners to serve on the Community Redevelopment Agency’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee. She currently serves as the president-elect for the Business Development Board of Martin County. She was nominated for the Character Counts Employee Pillar of Character Award and the Soroptimist International of Stuart Women of Distinction Award 2013 and 2014. Angela is a member of the Young Professionals of Martin County and the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals.

A native Floridian, Angela Hoffman grew up in Tequesta and enjoys boating, snorkeling, paddle boarding and relaxing on the sandbar. She lives in Hobe Sound with her husband; Jason, and two daughters; Laney and Alina. Angela’s personal goal is to show her daughters that to be an effective community leader one must simply elevate the degree in which they empower others.

With Angela’s leadership we are ready to do whatever it takes to build even more great futures in Martin County!

Teen Culinary Internship is Path to Quality Employment

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FORT PIERCE - A group of teens training for a career in the food service industry will have a hand in preparing meals this summer for kids who struggle with hunger.
They’re participating in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Green Apron Culinary program, a hands-on internship at the food bank’s Food Processing Plant. The program is built around Work-Based Learning, an educational strategy that combines both traditional classroom instruction and hands-on, real-life work experience. Each day from June 24 to Aug. 2, the teens in the program will help prepare thousands of meals that go out to Summer Meals host sites where children gather to eat while schools are closed.
The teens were chosen from a multi-step application process that included interviews and letters of recommendation. Each is interested in a food-centered career, and earns a wage during the internship. The program is a partnership between Treasure Coast Food Bank and CareerSource, a non-profit workforce development service.
“We’re excited about this partnership that gives young men and women the opportunity to learn needed skills for good employment in one of the most in-demand occupations on the Treasure Coast,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “The philosophy behind our Green Apron program for both students and adults is to provide them with improved skills and industry credentials so they’ll qualify for higher wage positions, such as running commercial catering or dining operations in hotels, banquet facilities or restaurants.”
While the program will involve daily food prep and cooking lessons, it also includes several off-site learning experiences, such as a visit to St. Lucie County’s Sunshine Kitchen professional food service incubator and to a local farm. They’ll learn from staff at the University of Florida/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County on how to incorporate locally grown, seasonal foods into menus and cuisine. And by the end of the six-weeks, the students will take the exam to earn their ServSafe Manager Certification.
The next session of Green Apron Culinary classes for adults is planned for September 2019. Visit stophunger.org for more information or to register.

 

 

 

STYLE SIP & SOCIALIZE

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Stuart – On Tuesday there was a Style Sip & Socialize hosted by the Hampton Inn & Suites in Stuart.

Located at 1150 NW Federal Highway in Stuart. 

Beverly Beauchamp with Alterations and More was the hostess.  A trunk & mini fashion show with Bev’s

Green Boutique with Fashions Unique, along with Weddingsby Jill and Teri Roberts with Teri Roberts

Photography.  There were raffles, sips, nibbles and fashion fun for all the friends who attended.

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LEADERship Martin County Alumni Installs New Board of Directors

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2019-2020 LEADERship Martin County Board of Directors,Host Geoffrey Smith, president Sue Whittington and sponsor Kim Waser Nash,President Sue Whittington with outgoing president George Stokus

STUART, Fla. - On June 25, Geoffrey Smith Galleries in Port Salerno hosted the LEADERship Martin County Alumni summer after hours and board installation.

The new 2019-2020 board includes Sue Whittington, President, Jennifer Ferrari, Vice President, Tara Zweben, Executive Vice President, Greg Nuttall, Treasurer, Jon Milton, Secretary, George Stokus, Past President, Brett Zurich, Elisabeth Glynn, Chad Hastings, Sarah Baker, Sam Bruning and Dr. Tracey Miller. Ex-officio members include Nancy Sailer, Cindy LaConte, Diana Bruton and Kloee Ciuperger.

The LEADERship Martin County Alumni for Youth (LMCAY) organization was established in 1991 to support the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce’s LEADERship Martin County program; to provide education and networking opportunities for our members; and to enhance community awareness of our members by providing opportunities to evaluate and act on issues affecting the Community.

LEADERship Alumni members work year-round, volunteering in the community and raising funds to support scholarships for local high school graduates. Members are comprised of graduates of the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce’s LEADERship Martin County program.

 

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BIG CHANGE UNDER THE BIG TOP!

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Stuart - A new president of the Martin County Fair was sworn in. The Honorable Judge Mike McNicholas, who sits on 19th judicial circuit, did the honors of swearing in the 2019-20 Fair Board and the new Fair Association President and President of the Board, Chester Edwards. Mr. Edwards is a local businessman, 25-year owner/operator of Five-Star Modular Homes on Monterey Road.

Mr. Edwards is a past board member of Martin County Parks & Recreation and is currently a 13-year member of the Martin County Affordable Housing Committee. Mr. Edwards is a resident of Palm City, along with his wife Renee, who is also a long-time fair volunteer, and their daughter Brianna who has shown livestock at the annual fair. The Edwards family has been involved with the Fair since 2015.

Mr. Edwards has been a director on the all-volunteer Fair Board for 3 years. He will be sitting at the helm while the fair takes a new direction in its beginning stages of moving to a larger property outside of Indiantown.

The Martin County Fair is an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization, with a mission to support and educate the community about agriculture in a fun family friendly way. The Fair Association was established in 1935 and celebrates 61 years at its current location on Dixie Highway.

For more information about the Fair Association and how you might become a sponsor, donor, or volunteer for 2019-20, please see the Fair website at: www.martincountyfair.com/getinvolved, or contact Jay Spicer, Fair Manager, at fairoffice@martincountyfair.com or at (772) 220-3247

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St. Lucie Mets & Treasure Coast Food Bank Partner to Strike Out Hunger

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Port St Lucie - Strike out Hunger returns to First Data Field on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. That night, the St. Lucie Mets are partnering with Treasure Coast Food Bank to turn a night at the ballfield into a strike against hunger.
Treasure Coast Food Bank will be holding a food drive and other activities at the field from 5 to 7 p.m. Anyone bringing two or more canned food items will receive one free ticket to that night’s game against the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
“This is our third year to partner with the Mets for Strike Out Hunger, and it’s always a great evening at First Data Field,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We’re grateful for the player’s ongoing support of our mission to solve hunger on the Treasure Coast.”
Patrons will learn more about hunger on the Treasure Coast throughout the game. Treasure Coast Food Bank also will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets during the event. Before the game, fans can support Treasure Coast Food Bank while testing their skills in a round of cornhole A dollar buys three tosses, and anyone putting 2 of 3 bags in the hole wins a prize donated by the Mets.
The three-peat of Strike Out Hunger night is one of several ways the Mets have supported Treasure Coast Food Bank. The players also have packed food for the Backpack school food program, held food drives, and autographed handmade bowls for the St. Lucie County Empty Bowls project.
For more information visit the events tab at stophunger.org.

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St. Lucie Mets & Treasure Coast Food Bank Partner to Strike Out Hunger

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Fort Pierce – Walmart and its Treasure Coast customers helped Treasure Coast Food Bank provide more than 714,000 meals for those who struggle with hunger through the sixth annual Walmart Fight Hunger. Spark Change campaign.
Treasure Coast Food Bank received a grant of $71,440 from the nationwide campaign – an increase of more than $10,000 from the previous year.
This year’s campaign, which took place during the spring, included four ways to donate at both Walmart and Sam’s Club stores located in the four-county area served by Treasure Coast Food Bank. Shoppers could buy products from participating national vendors who then contributed to the campaign, donate at the cash register, or donate online. Treasure Coast Food Bank also received a portion of the grant based on its storytelling engagement on social media.
“We’re very excited that the Walmart Fight Hunger. Spark Change campaign provides for so many meals for our children, seniors, veterans and families who struggle with hunger,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We’re grateful to Walmart and to everyone who participated.”
The national campaign raised $26.8 million for Feeding America and its network of food banks, a 16 percent increase over the 2018 campaign.

Local Employers Benefit from Adoption of Tobacco Free Workplace Policies

STUART – Several local workplaces are making big strides in supporting the health and well-being of their employees by adopting tobacco free workplaces.
In the spring of 2014, the City of Stuart adopted a comprehensive tobacco free workplace policy, supporting their employees’ efforts to quit smoking and enhancing their current wellness policies.
Current employees receive a discount on their health insurance plan if they are nicotine free. They are also able to take free cessation classes through the Quit Your Way program offered by Tobacco Free Florida to qualify for the health insurance discount and enjoy the benefits of a tobacco free lifestyle.
Sandhill Cove Retirement Living went tobacco free at the start of 2017 after providing free cessation resources to their employees and residents. They’ve provided on-site classes for their employees, many of whom have successfully quit smoking.
House of Hope’s Golden Gate Enrichment Center on Dixie Highway in Stuart is a tobacco free campus. In addition to their commitment to a tobacco free workplace for employees and visitors, they offer free cessation classes through the Quit Your Way program at the enrichment center, helping empower local residents with the tools to quit. To sign up for classes, visit goldengatecentermc.org.
Orange Theory Fitness, with locations in Stuart and Jensen Beach, adopted a tobacco free workplace, reinforcing their commitment to health and wellness and retaining tobacco free gym environments, both inside and outside.
The free Quit Your Way program allows employees to call, go online, or even attend face-to-face cessation classes, many of which have been hosted at their places of employment in order to support tobacco cessation efforts.
One of the primary reasons an employer chooses to adopt a tobacco free workplace is the high cost associated with tobacco use at work. Pack-a-day smokers are estimated to have 75% more lost productive time during the work day than their non-smoking co-workers, and healthcare costs are an average of 34% higher than those who do not use tobacco. In Florida, the average loss in productivity annually for a tobacco user at the workplace is $4,056. The average extra medical expense for tobacco users is $2,056.*
Tobacco Free Grounds policies also support employees in their attempts to quit, helping them to change their habits and avoid temptations to smoke.
For more information about adopting a tobacco free workplace, visit www-tfp-martin.org or contact knash@quitdoc.com. To learn more about the Quit Your Way program, visit TobaccoFreeFlorida.com/QuitYourWay.

Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast Welcomes New Board Member Tina McSoley, M.Ed.

The Board of Directors at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is welcoming their newest board member, Mrs. Tina McSoley, M.Ed. from Stuart, Florida. Mrs. McSoley has an incredible history of supporting non-profits in the Martin County area as well as being an advocate for education. Mrs. McSoley has been a teacher at multiple levels including being an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University and an Elementary Teacher at Palm City Elementary and Warfield Elementary.

In 2005, she was recognized as the Martin County Teacher of the Year. Currently, Mrs. McSoley is the Founder and Chief Strategist at All About Achieving Learning Centers and serves on the Board of Directors for Elev8hope, a not for profit educating local youth about the issues facing our community. Mrs. McSoley’s professional history will be beneficial to the museum’s future. She has served on Boards of Directors for House of Hope, Education Foundation of Martin County, and assisted with grant writing for the YMCA of the Treasure Coast. Her continued efforts with the Language Literacy Connection Development Task Force and the United Way Education Task Force Member will also contribute knowledge to the museum’s push to meet more literacy standards for the state of Florida.
The mission of The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is to offer children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs and cultural experiences.
Contact Tammy Calabria at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast for more information at 772-225-7575 Ext. 203.

Karissa Bolden Joins Catch the Wave of Hope as Executive Director

STUART – Several local workplaces are making big strides in supporting the health and well-being of their employees by adopting tobacco free workplaces.
In the spring of 2014, the City of Stuart adopted a comprehensive tobacco free workplace policy, supporting their employees’ efforts to quit smoking and enhancing their current wellness policies.
Current employees receive a discount on their health insurance plan if they are nicotine free. They are also able to take free cessation classes through the Quit Your Way program offered by Tobacco Free Florida to qualify for the health insurance discount and enjoy the benefits of a tobacco free lifestyle.
Sandhill Cove Retirement Living went tobacco free at the start of 2017 after providing free cessation resources to their employees and residents. They’ve provided on-site classes for their employees, many of whom have successfully quit smoking.
House of Hope’s Golden Gate Enrichment Center on Dixie Highway in Stuart is a tobacco free campus. In addition to their commitment to a tobacco free workplace for employees and visitors, they offer free cessation classes through the Quit Your Way program at the enrichment center, helping empower local residents with the tools to quit. To sign up for classes, visit goldengatecentermc.org.
Orange Theory Fitness, with locations in Stuart and Jensen Beach, adopted a tobacco free workplace, reinforcing their commitment to health and wellness and retaining tobacco free gym environments, both inside and outside.
The free Quit Your Way program allows employees to call, go online, or even attend face-to-face cessation classes, many of which have been hosted at their places of employment in order to support tobacco cessation efforts.
One of the primary reasons an employer chooses to adopt a tobacco free workplace is the high cost associated with tobacco use at work. Pack-a-day smokers are estimated to have 75% more lost productive time during the work day than their non-smoking co-workers, and healthcare costs are an average of 34% higher than those who do not use tobacco. In Florida, the average loss in productivity annually for a tobacco user at the workplace is $4,056. The average extra medical expense for tobacco users is $2,056.*
Tobacco Free Grounds policies also support employees in their attempts to quit, helping them to change their habits and avoid temptations to smoke.
For more information about adopting a tobacco free workplace, visit www-tfp-martin.org or contact knash@quitdoc.com. To learn more about the Quit Your Way program, visit TobaccoFreeFlorida.com/QuitYourWay.