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FREE Cessation Medication To Help Residents Quit Tobacco!

The Kansas Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) is offering a free two-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy medications (NRT) through June 30, or while supplies last! For free help and personalized quit assistance, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) to enroll. Medication made available by Kansas Department of Health and Environment includes nicotine lozenge, gum, and nicotine patch.



Play Healthy ICT event on 5/19

Rescheduled “Play Healthy ICT” Event This Weekend


 Free event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, May 19th at OJ Watson Park, located at 3022 S. McClean Blvd. Wichita, KS

(Wichita, KS) Tobacco Free Wichita is hosting “Play Healthy ICT” an exciting event for the community in partnership with Genesis Health Clubs’ KidFit program and the City of Wichita Parks & Recreation. The free event will take place Saturday, May 19th at OJ Watson Park, located at 3022 S. McClean Blvd, Wichita, KS from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tobacco Free Wichita created the campaign “Play Healthy ICT” to promote healthy activities for everyone in our parks. However, unhealthy behaviors like tobacco use occurs every day around kids and families who visit City parks. “ We want to emphasize the healthy aspects of outdoor play and at the same time, educate the community about how close tobacco gets to our kids when they are playing,” said event organizer, Tara Nolen.

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RESIST tobacco cleanup (OJ Watson, 2017)

“Cigarettes are the #1 littered item in the U.S.” she added, “and smokers tend to stand near playgrounds as they watch their kids.” Tobacco use in parks exposes people to harmful secondhand smoke and places young children and pets in danger of getting into contact with and/or ingesting tobacco litter. Also, the more young people see adults smoking the more likely they are to try tobacco products at an early age.

Tobacco Free Wichita’s partnership with Genesis Health Clubs’ KidFit program and Wichita Parks & Recreation will feature fun, active programming for  all ages, including “Around the World – Sports of All Sorts,” free kids’ bikes and helmets (limited to first come, first served), healthy snacks, games, jump ropes, hula hoops, tobacco litter cleanup, special guests, and more.

Genesis KidFit

Genesis Health Clubs KidFit activities


Corri Lewellen, Genesis Health Clubs KidFit Director, signaled excitement that the weather was finally cooperating. “We’ve had a few false starts due to some bad weather conditions. Fortunately, the weather looks beautiful on Saturday, so we’re going to get these kids out and get them moving!”

Lewellen continued, “It’s fun, family-friendly and active. We’re partnering with some great organizations in Tobacco Free Wichita and Wichita Parks & Recreation. Play Healthy ICT is more than a name; it’s a philosophy, and we want to spread it throughout the community, one kid at a time.”

More information can be found at the Play Healthy ICT Facebook event.


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About Genesis Health Clubs

Genesis Health Clubs believes innovating, educating and helping people look and feel better than they ever have before. By providing the most well-rounded gym experience in their 45 clubs throughout the Midwest and recently Colorado, Genesis delivers premium amenities, a variety of classes and world-class training to its members. Recently announced was the $30 million Goddard Aquatic Center , a major economic development project for South Central Kansas. Genesis Health Clubs will continue to grow, change, innovate, add new services and even new locations to give their members what they need to achieve their goals.

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