Aroostook County – The Aroostook Medical Center is hoping both non-smokers and smokers from throughout Aroostook County will join them in this year’s Great American Smokeout. The Smokeout takes place November 21st. The TAMC Total Health Team, a group of volunteers that works to promote healthy options and activities for TAMC employees and community members alike, has launched the “Great Aroostook Stompout” – a County wide incentive program that takes a unique twist on going cold turkey.
Instead of just inviting smokers to stop using tobacco for the day, the team is inviting everyone to give up one unhealthy habit for the day. That bad habit can be anything. One example would be giving up junk food or sugary drinks.
Anyone that wants to participate is asked to complete “Great Aroostook Stompout” pledge sheets inserted in the November 13th editions of the Star Herald and Aroostook Republican newspapers. They are also available at all TAMC facilities, as well as on TAMC’s website – www.tamc.org<http://www.tamc.org. There is space on each pledge sheet for a participant’s name and the unhealthy habit he or she will give up for the day. The pledge sheets will be displayed at TAMC’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital on the Great American Smokeout (November 21).
As an added incentive, all community members who submit a pledge card will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a $50 Aroostook Centre Mall gift certificate and several $25 gift certificates to the TAMC gift shop. To be eligible for the drawing, pledge forms must be sent in advance of the event date or hand delivered to the guest relations desk at the main entrance of the A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital before 4:00 p.m. on November 21st.
The TAMC Total Health Team hopes the effects of this event will last much longer than just one day. They hope it will help people start down the road to a healthier lifestyle.