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Thursday, May 28, 2009

World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2009


Theme: Tobacco Health Warnings

12 January 2009 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) selects "Tobacco Health Warnings" as the theme for the next World No Tobacco Day, which will take place on 31 May 2009.

Tobacco health warnings appear on packs of cigarettes and are among the strongest defences against the global epidemic of tobacco.

WHO particularly approves of tobacco health warnings that contain both pictures and words because they are the most effective at convincing people to quit. Such pictorial warnings appear in more than a dozen countries.

On World No Tobacco Day 2009, and throughout the following year, WHO will encourage governments to adopt tobacco health warnings that meet all the criteria for maximal effectiveness, including that they cover more than half of the pack, appear on both the front and back of the pack and contain pictures.

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control obligates its more than 160 countries parties to require "health warnings describing the harmful effects of tobacco use" on packs of tobacco and their outside packaging and recommends that the warnings contain pictures. WHO works through its Tobacco Free Initiative department to help the parties to meet their obligation, providing technical and other assistance.

As WHO Director General Margaret Chan says, "We hold in our hands the solution to the global tobacco epidemic that threatens the lives of one billion men, women and children during this century."

Tobacco health warnings are a big part of the solution about which Dr Chan speaks.

Please return soon to this website for a richer explanation of why the World Health Organization chose "Tobacco Health Warnings" as the theme for World No Tobacco Day 2009 and about what the warnings -- pictorial ones in particular -- can do to fight tobacco.

--taken from World Health Organization website:

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

National Employee Health and Fitness Day, May 20th

What Are You Doing For Your Employees’ Health And Fitness Needs?

Worksite Health Promotion Programs enhance the overall health and productivity of your organization!

Benefits For Employers:

Enhanced employee productivity
Improved health care costs managemnet
Decreased rates of illness and injuries
Reduced employee absenteeism
Develops employee leadership skills

Benefits For Employees:
Lower levels of stress
Increased well-being, self-image and self-esteem
mproved physical fitness
Increased stamina
Potential weight reduction

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