Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GRU Cancer Center awarded $10,000 grant for smoking cessation program

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Georgia Regents University Cancer Center’s Tobacco Control Program has been awarded a $10,000 Wellness mini-grant by the University System of Georgia.

The grant, one of six awarded to USG colleges and universities, was presented in recognition of the program’s creativity, ability to affect health and welfare change for the campus community, and capacity to engage other partners, such as the GRU Wellness Center.

Dr. Martha S. Tingen, Director of Tobacco Control and principal investigator of the grant said the funds would be used to further enhance the existing tobacco cessation program, offer incentives for participation, and gain a further understanding of effective cessation methods through research. She explained that GRU faculty and staff that complete the cessation program, which involves an initial health visit and six weeks of cessation classes, will be eligible for a drawing for personal training services or a one-year membership to the Wellness Center.

”The Wellness Center and tobacco cessation program partnership helps reinforce important lifestyle changes that support effective cessation efforts and wellness activities,” Tingen said.

Tingen submitted the application for the grant with Christine O’Meara, Director of Cancer Information and Awareness at the GRU Cancer Center.

For more information on the Smoking Cessation program, go to cancer.gru.edu/tobaccofree.

The GRU Cancer Center is a multi-disciplinary academic cancer center focused on both research and clinical treatment. Its patient-centered approach to treatment includes first-in-the-nation treatment protocols, an experimental therapeutics program that includes specialized clinics for Phase I trials and immunotherapy and a variety of ancillary programs – including music therapy and genetic counseling – designed with holistic healing in mind.

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