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Tip of the Week

Wellness Tip of the Week

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For every hour you sit during the day, try to get up and walk for 5 minutes. The movement will be revitalizing.

Wellness News

June 21, 2016

BHWP Published in the Nicotine & Tobacco Research Journal

Drs. Chad Morris and Susan Young will be published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Their article, “Characteristics of American Indian/ Alaskan Native Quitline Callers Across 14 States,” focuses on smoking prevalence among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in relation to the data they examined from National Jewish Health – the provider of telephonic tobacco cessation services for 14 states. The article examines the high prevalence of commercial tobacco use among this group and stresses “the critical need for tailored efforts to better reach AI/AN commercial tobacco users who are considering treatment.”

To read the abstract, click here.

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June 13, 2016

California Becomes Second State to Raise Smoking Age to 21

As of Friday, June 9, California will join Hawaii in setting the legal age to purchase cigarette products to 21 years of age. The legislation included electronic cigarettes as tobacco products.

Listen to NPR’s interview with Senator Ed Hernandez, the lawmaker who wrote the bill.

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In the Flow

Kathie Garrett, Clinical Program Associate

As a Motivational Interviewing (MI) trainer, I spend considerable time coaching others on the spirit and practice of MI. To personalize each workshop, I’m ever searching for the right metaphor, symbol, or story in which to anchor my instruction, one that resonates with the unique culture and spirit of the group being trained.

As it happens, I’ve just spent three weeks on the road crisscrossing the country to lead workshops for an array of healthcare professionals, including a unique group of Native Alaskan Community Health Aides. These are exquisitely trained rural lay healthcare providers who deliver basic medical services and triage to people living in the most remote villages in Alaska. I was actually on the plane en route to Anchorage and still had not found a spiritual symbol consonant with motivational interviewing and my understanding of the life and work of Alaskan community health aides.

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Watch the Latest Build A Clinic Webinar on Motivational Interviewing for Tobacco Cessation

Through our Build A Clinic program, we’re hosting free-to-the-public webinars on evidence-based clinical best practices in tobacco cessation and the necessary case-based best practices regarding supporting and sustaining those services. Click to view our most recent webinar on Motivational Interviewing for Tobacco Cessation as well as all archived webinars.

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