YDI TEAMS WITH CDC FOR TIPS FROM FORMER SMOKERS CAMPAIGN
VALENCIA COUNTY, NEW MEXICO – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is airing its latest round of ads featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases. The newest ads in the Tips from Former Smokers campaign tell the story of how real people’s lives were changed forever due to their smoking. Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics, and tobacco use is an important risk factor for this disease.
In New Mexico, 2,600 residents die every year from smoking-related diseases. Spanish and English language Tips ads will run through mid-August 2015 across the country on television, radio, billboards, online, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking. Two former Hispanic cigarette smokers, Rose and Felicita, are included in this group of ads. Rose developed lung cancer and Felicita developed gum disease and lost her teeth.
“These ads are effective in bringing to life the devastating effects of smoking, helping people quit and never start,” says Debra Baca, Interim president and CEO of Youth Development Inc.. “At Youth Development Inc. we know all too well the terrible toll of smoking. Youth Development Inc. is committed to helping New Mexico residents know the reality of smoking-related disease and death – and to prevent these realities from happening to them.”
Susan and Michael Reed, owners of La Orilla Farm in the far South Valley, donated more than 35 seedlings of tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant and chili to Kennedy Middle School, a YDI 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) school, earlier this month (June 2015).
YDI is the selected provider for eight 21st CCLC programs within the Albuquerque Public Schools. The school sites served, in addition to Kennedy, are Jimmy Carter Middle School, John Adams Middle School, Wherry Elementary School, SR Marmon Elementary School, Lowell Elementary School, McKinley Middle School and Lavaland Elementary School.
The donation was made possible through Kennedy’s partnership with Road Runner Food Bank (Kennedy started a monthly mobile food pantry in April this year).
Students at summer school are helping care for the garden. Taking delivery of the seedlings are summer staffers, from left: Karen Lucero, Liz Hawkins, and Rickie Palmer. Missing in the photo is Michele Hardwick.
Thanks to Liz Curry, VISTA at Road Runner; and YDI Family Connections VISTA Justin Elder at Jimmy Carter Middle School, for helping facilitate the pick-up of the plants by Peggy JSingh, YDI Family Connection VISTA at Kennedy.
Justin also got plants for his school's garden.