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Partnership to prevent smoking plans open house

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 14, 2007



More than 60 percent of youth face exposure to secondhand smoke, which is known to be the third leading cause of preventable death.

These alarming numbers are worsened by the fact that the tobacco industry spends nearly $1-billionin Florida.

Since 1998, the Tobacco Free Coalition of Pinellas County has been promoting tobacco-free activities in communities across the county. The coalition now operates as the county partnership designated to work with the Department of Health to implement the Florida Tobacco Prevention and Education Control Program.

The coalition will host a membership social and open house to encourage new members to join this community partnership.

Residents, youth and health professionals are encouraged to attend. The event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Family Resources Inc., 5180 62nd Ave. N in Pinellas Park. Contact Ford Easton at or call 522-4042 to reserve a space.


Nominate a young hero for special recognition

Nominations for Pinellas County Schools' Young Heroes Award are being accepted. This award recognizes students who perform community service, inspire others with their deeds or model strength of character in difficult situations. Any K-12 student who lives in Pinellas County and attends a public school is eligible. Nominations may come from anyone. The nomination deadline is Nov. 15. An elementary, middle and high school winner will be selected. Each recipient will receive a $500 savings bond. To nominate someone, go to to download the nomination form, or call 727 588-6122.


Top teachers: Hoag in health, Wood in PE

Jessica Hoag of Seminole High was named 2007 Health Educator of the Year and Jason Wood of Lakeview Fundamental was named 2007 Physical Education Teacher of the Year at the 58th annual Florida Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport (FAHPERDS) Conference in Orlando on Nov. 7.

Hoag teaches life management skills at Seminole High. She developed the first Health II course for Pinellas County Schools, is an AIDS peer educator, wrote curriculum for the reading and writing FCAT, helped create a health end-of-course assessment and is a trainer for the Department of Education summer program.

Wood teaches physical education at Lakeview Fundamental. He was a finalist for Pinellas County Schools' 2007 Outstanding Educator and won the Ambassador of the Profession category. In 2004, he was the district's PE Teacher of the Year. Wood is president of the Pinellas County Health, Physical Education and Driver Education Association.

[Last modified November 13, 2007, 23:27:27]

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