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Great American Smokeout
Thursday, November 15 is the Great American Smokeout. More than 435,000 Americans die each year from lung cancer, coronary heart disease, emphysema, and other diseases caused by the ingredients of tobacco and tobacco smoke. Do you or someone you know want to quit smoking but have had a hard time doing it? If so, here are some ideas to help

  • Pick a date to stop. Make sure someone besides the smoker knows the date so it can't be avoided.
  • Be supportive. Avoid passing judgment and don't tell them what they are doing wrong.
  • Talk about it. Be careful not to jump to any conclusions. Listen carefully.
  • Help identify sources (i.e. the Utah Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW) or Utah QuitNet ( that may help them with the struggle

To order materials or find resources to help your school celebrate the Great American Smokeout visit the American Cancer Society website.

American Diabetes Month
November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. This year the theme is "A Day in the Life of Diabetes", designed to focus attention on what daily life is like for the many people affected by the disease. According to national statistics, nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is encouraging people to share a personal image, on the Association's Facebook page, representing what "A Day in the Life of Diabetes" means to them. The image can be a picture of themselves or someone they care about, or otherwise represent how the disease impacts their lives. "A Day in the Life of Diabetes: upload instructions.

One out of every three children (and one in two minority children) born in the United States today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue. Visit the Diabetes Prevention & Control Program to find out what you can do to help prevent diabetes in your family.

World Diabetes Day is November 14 as well. Any school that wants to promote diabetes awareness can by lighting up their building or classroom in blue or wearing blue. The World Diabetes Day Website has some great banners to display in/or around school grounds to promote diabetes awareness.