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DATE: March 23, 2012
TO: DeKalb County News Media
FROM: Jane Lux
Public Health Administrator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Public Health Week is April 2-8
As a part of this year’s National Public Health Month celebration, the DeKalb County Health Department is launching the “Start Spring with a Smile” campaign which promotes Quitline services for smokers who are ready to quit. "Break The Habit- Smoking Cessation Program"- .pdf
The campaign features the Break the Habit program offered by the Health Department in conjunction with the Illinois Tobacco Quitline. The program provides home delivery of over-the-counter nicotine replacement products and professional cessation counseling by phone from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. seven days a week. The program is available for any DeKalb County resident who is uninsured or whose insurance does not cover over-the-counter NRT.
“This is an effective way for smokers to quit”, says Jane Lux, Public Health Administrator at the DeKalb County Health Department. “The American Heart Association (AHA) states that nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) have been shown to be safe and effective in helping people to stop smoking when used as a part of a comprehensive smoking cessation program. The consistent use of NRT along with support, such as phone counseling, and learning techniques for behavioral change doubles a person’s chances of quitting smoking.”
Persons interested in the Break the Habit program should call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-784-8937.
“The Break the Habit program is just one of the many ways public health works to protect health, prevent disease, and promote healthy behaviors,” says Lux.
The DeKalb County Health Department a department of county government, was founded in 1966 when the Medicare Program began. One feature of Medicare was home health care to allow the elderly to remain in their homes rather than in the hospital or a long-term care facility when 24-hour health care was not necessary.
Health Department services are provided by nurses, environmental health inspectors, educators, case managers, rehabilitation therapists, health nutritionists, and administrative support staff.
According to Lux, “The Health Department is able to provide its services requiring only a very small portion of the county resident's property tax dollars. Out of every $100 paid by residents in 2011 property taxes, only 53 cents was spent on public health services. This small investment of local tax dollars saves the taxpayer countless dollars in health care costs.” Lux adds, “The DeKalb County Health Department’s mission is to provide services that promote good health for the county’s most valuable resource – its people.”
Public health programs have made a dramatic improvement in the health of our citizens over the century, according to Lux. “Public Health is credited with increasing life expectancy by approximately 25 years,” says Lux.
For more information about services, visit the health department’s website at http://www.dekalbcounty.org/Health, or call (815) 758-6673.