The evidence is clear, convincing, and overwhelming that secondhand smoke is a known cause of lung cancer, heart disease, low birth-weight births, and chronic lung ailments such as bronchitis (particularly in children), as well as other health problems.
Visitors to the health fair had the opportunity to learn from and visit with staff from the Saint Joseph Healthy Living Center, the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association. Y staff were also present with information about the chronic health initiatives such as LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program and the Cardiac Wellness program.
The YMCA of Central Kentucky’s Healthy Living Fair was registered with Kick Butts Day, “a day for activism in which thousands of youth in every state and around the world will stand out … speak up … and seize control against big tobacco.”
With chronic diseases and obesity overwhelming our health care system and driving up health care costs, the Y continues to support community leaders in providing healthier environments for individuals, kids and families where they live, work, learn and play. The Y is a cause for strengthening community, working tirelessly to nurture the potential of kids, improve the nation's health and well-being, and give back and support our neighbors.