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Counting down to super smokefree staff

Last Updated: April 2016

Media release 

Taranaki health promoters have joined forces with Countdown supermarket in a new Quit & Win challenge that encourages its staff to give quitting a go.

Members of the Taranaki Smokefree Coalition are running the challenge, which takes place during May and finishes on World Smokefree Day, May 31.

Managers from all six of the region’s Countdown supermarkets are backing the initiative with hopes that each of the stores can make up a team of five that will remain smokefree for the fours weeks – and beyond.

Each team and its individuals will be ‘coached’ by AKP (Aukati Kaipaipa) quit coaches who take them through the steps involved in quitting, provide ongoing advice and where required, nicotine replacement alternatives.

A meeting at the Stratford Countdown store on Tuesday April 5 at 11am will see interested staff registering for the challenge.

Carla Adlam, a health promoter of health and social services provider Tui Ora, says team members will work together to help each other quit and stay smokefree, with carbon monoxide validations weekly and at key milestones of their quitting journey.

She’s hoping up to 30 Countdown staff will take on the challenge and says managers at each of the stores are already backing the cause.

The members of the Taranaki Smokefree Coalition are the Cancer Society, Taranaki District Health Board, Ngati Ruanui Healthcare, Midlands Pinnacle Health and Tui Ora.

For more details please contact:

Carla Adlam, Tui Ora health promoter, carla.adlam@tuiora.co.nz, 06 759 4064 ext 6035 

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