Live - Citizen EngagementGrow - Business & DevelopmentDiscover - Find It Fast
Click to Home

Go To Search
HomePrintEmail
350 Victory Drive
Park Forest, IL 60466
Ph: 708-748-1112
Village Hall Hours
Connect & Share
RSSFacebookTwitter

Village of Park Forest - Top Story News

Posted on: April 29, 2015

Health Department Director on smoke-free housing initiative

045.jpg

Everyone deserves to breathe clean air. And in 2007, to protect the residents of Cook County and the State of Illinois from the dangers of second-hand smoke, two laws went into effect: the Cook County Clean Indoor Act of 2007 and the Smoke Free Illinois Act of 2008. These laws later motivated the creation of local municipal codes to limit smoking in public places. But growing statistics show that more health policies are needed to promote community tobacco-free environments, prevent youth tobacco initiation, and to educate the general population about the benefits of tobacco cessation (www.HealthyHotSpot.org/Tobacco-Freeinitiatives ).

With the overall health and wellness of the Village of Park Forest as our central focus, the Park Forest Health Department has partnered with the Cook County Department of Public Health, and the Respiratory Health Association to raise awareness about the risk factors associated with tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke. As collaborative partners, our local health department will begin to offer onsite smoking cessation classes to Park Forest area residents who are committed to attempting to quit the habit. Classes will be held weekly for seven week in the lower level of Village Hall at Nurses Plus/Park Forest Health Department on Wednesday evening from 7:00p.m.-9:00 p.m. beginning on May 6th through June 17th, 2015. The registration cost is $50 per participant which includes access to the 8 sessions held over 7 weeks, a participant booklet and a participant CD. Participants will be asked to commit to attending the full 7 week session.

Why should you try to quit if you are a smoker? Research shows that 443,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are caused by smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke (www.HealthyHotSpot.org). Research has shown that exposure to smoking increases the frequency of Asthma attacks, the rate of upper and lower respiratory infections, increased coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and lung inflammation. There has also been evidence of increased eye, ear, nose and throat irritations, and more ear infections noted in children. (Levy, B.S., Wegman, D.H., Baron. S.L. & Sokas, R.K., 2011). Smoking and exposure to second hand smoke has even been linked to higher rates of heart attacks, strokes, lung cancers, pneumonias, bronchitis, low term birth weight infants, and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) deaths. In other words, smoking not only affects the health of the smoker, it compromises the health of those who inadvertently have chronic exposure to the smoker’s surrounding air. This could be a spouse, a child or grandchild or a neighbor. Research also showed that 44 % higher Asthma rates were found among children who live with a smoker. Even short term exposures to second hand smoke have been linked with emergency room visits and hospitalizations in both young children and the elderly. This translates to increased health care costs for parents and families, and rising health care costs for Medicaid, Medicare, Private Insurance recipients and local hospitals and medical providers.

A recent Suburban Cook County survey showed that 1 out of every 5 residents smoke and that 20% of South Suburban Cook County renters polled would even be willing to pay more in order to live in a building that is smoke-free. In addition, 35 to 65% of the air in any given unit is shared with air from other units and common areas. There is no known way to separate clean air from smoke filled air in a shared ventilation system. Smoke free buildings are in demand in suburban Cook County. (www.healthyHotSpot.Org). Here’s what’s happening in and near Park Forest this fall. In September, HUD properties will transition into smoke-free buildings, Juniper Towers will be transitioning to a smoke-free facility, Victory Center of Park Forest has already transitioned to become a smoke-free facility, the Housing Authority of Cook County will be going smoke-free and the Governor’s State University Campus will be going smoke-free as of September as well. Other multi-family housing units in town are also considering the health benefits to their residents if they incorporate smoke-free policies as well. You may be asked to complete a survey to express how you feel about having a smoke-free environment to live in. The staff at Park Forest Health Department will be visiting many of the multi-family housing units throughout the village to provide community education and resources about the benefits of living in a smoke-free environment. The health department will continue to be a resource to property managers who want to incorporate smoke free living policies, or to area residents who aim to try to quit smoking. Properties which agree to become smoke-free, will also enjoy the benefit of special advertisement and marketing on the Cook county Department of Public Health’s www.HealthyHotSpot.org website as a Cook County Healthy HotSpot facility where individuals can seek rental while avoiding exposure to second hand smoke. For more questions, please contact Nurses Plus/Park Forest Health Department in the lower level of village hall at 350 Victory Drive. Feel free to call to (708) 748-1118 to either pre-register for a Freedom from Smoking Class or to ask to speak to a Freedom from Smoking Facilitator. Classes are limited to a capacity of 10 to 15 clients per cycle of sessions.

Jenise Ervin, MSN
Director of Public Health
Nurses Plus Home HealthCare /Park Forest Health Department

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in Village of Park Forest - Top Story News

Easter Egg-stravaganza, April 8

Posted on: March 23, 2017

Early voting information

Posted on: March 10, 2017

Garden Club announce April events

Posted on: March 3, 2017

March is Resident Appreciation Month

Posted on: March 1, 2017

Vehicle stickers on sale March 1

Posted on: February 9, 2017

Park Permit Lottery, Feb. 4

Posted on: January 23, 2017
#1 pic.jpg

Women's Empowerment Event, Feb. 3

Posted on: January 11, 2017
pfpdlogo.jpg

Police Honors Ceremony set for Jan. 14

Posted on: January 9, 2017

District 163 free preschool program

Posted on: December 9, 2016

Neighborhood meeting scheduled for Nov. 30

Posted on: November 29, 2016
pfpdlogo.jpg

Community Alert

Posted on: November 17, 2016

Holiday Tree Lighting, Dec. 2

Posted on: November 14, 2016

Park Forest celebrates 70th Anniversary

Posted on: November 4, 2016

Community Alert

Posted on: October 28, 2016

Early voting information

Posted on: October 24, 2016

Halloween in Park Forest

Posted on: October 17, 2016
_Nursespluslogosmall.jpeg

Health forum on stress set for Oct. 20

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Street sweeping begins Monday, Oct. 17

Posted on: October 14, 2016
FPW_2016_web.jpg

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15

Posted on: October 3, 2016

Saving lives in today's home fires

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Volunteer Fair at Central Park, Aug. 26

Posted on: August 12, 2016

Precautionary boil order lifted

Posted on: July 24, 2016
SustainabilityPlanLogo.jpg

Growing Green Recycle Fest, July 30

Posted on: July 18, 2016
ParkForestKiwanisClub_parade_web.jpg

4th of July celebration

Posted on: June 14, 2016

District 163 band concert, May 26

Posted on: May 25, 2016
SeniorFairWeb.jpg

Senior Fair, May 6

Posted on: April 21, 2016

Teen Job Fair Workshops, April 2

Posted on: March 24, 2016

Open gyms in Park Forest

Posted on: March 10, 2016

Easter Egg-stravaganza, March 12

Posted on: March 7, 2016

March is Resident Appreciation Month

Posted on: March 1, 2016

Early voting information

Posted on: February 24, 2016

Community Safety Presentation, March 3

Posted on: February 3, 2016
Parks and Facilities Stock Photos 092-web.jpg

Park Permit Lottery, Feb. 6

Posted on: January 20, 2016
pfpdlogo.jpg

Police Dept. Honors Ceremony, Jan. 23

Posted on: January 19, 2016
SHEMEKIA-COPELAND-SeptOct-2012-2.jpg

Shemekia Copeland at Freedom Hall, Jan. 22

Posted on: December 10, 2015
pfpdlogo.jpg

Community Alert | Residential Break-ins

Posted on: December 16, 2015
ParkForestGoodEggAward2015web.jpg

Good Egg Award recipients recognized

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Holiday Tree Lighting, Dec. 4

Posted on: November 4, 2015

Homebuyer's Workshop, Oct. 21

Posted on: October 8, 2015
PaulinePatton.jpg

Missing Park Forest senior located

Posted on: September 23, 2015

Labor Day closings

Posted on: September 4, 2015
SustainabilityPlanLogo.jpg

Document destruction event, Sept. 12

Posted on: August 13, 2015

Community Forum, August 4

Posted on: July 16, 2015

Free homebuyers workshop, July 18

Posted on: July 15, 2015
IMG_0456web.jpg

Midsummer Madness, July 15

Posted on: June 30, 2015

Garbage pick-up

Posted on: July 6, 2015
fireworks.png

4th of July celebration

Posted on: July 1, 2015

FREE Ice Cream Social, June 6

Posted on: June 4, 2015

Parks clean-up day, June 6

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Memorial Day program, May 25

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Senior Fair, May 15

Posted on: May 1, 2015

Famers' Market season returns

Posted on: April 29, 2015

Final results from April 7 election

Posted on: April 23, 2015

April 7, 2015 election results

Posted on: April 7, 2015

Program featuring LIVE bats, April 1

Posted on: March 25, 2015
4-25-08 029.jpg

Early voting begins March 23

Posted on: March 16, 2015
join-npc.jpg

Final NPC Candidate Forum, March 22

Posted on: January 12, 2015

March is Resident Appreciation Month

Posted on: March 5, 2015

Online bill pay site now live

Posted on: March 3, 2015

Early voting information

Posted on: March 3, 2015

Vehicle stickers go on sale March 1

Posted on: February 17, 2015
Black History Month 2015 - draft 3.jpg

Black History Month Program, Feb. 21

Posted on: February 17, 2015

Educate yourself on measles

Posted on: February 10, 2015

Parks permit lottery happens Saturday

Posted on: February 3, 2015
IMG_4385_small.jpg

Post-winter storm details for residents

Posted on: February 2, 2015
join-npc.jpg

NPC Candidate Forums continue Feb. 8

Posted on: January 12, 2015
media-masters-of-soul.jpg

Masters of Soul at Freedom Hall, Feb. 13

Posted on: January 15, 2015

Be prepared for the cold

Posted on: January 5, 2015
ParkForestBaseball.jpg

Park Forest Baseball Registration

Posted on: December 31, 2014

Water Main Project Public Notice

Posted on: December 15, 2014
SustainabilityPlanLogo.jpg

Village adopts Bike & Pedestrian Plan

Posted on: December 12, 2014

2015 Board of Trustees schedule available

Posted on: December 12, 2014

Rally for the Cure tennis event, Dec. 13

Posted on: November 28, 2014

Grande Prairie Singers Holiday Concert

Posted on: December 3, 2014

Info session on Ebola virus, Nov. 17

Posted on: November 5, 2014
the-slide-brothers-freedom-hall.jpg

Slide Brothers at Freedom Hall, Nov. 7

Posted on: November 5, 2014

Waste Tire Collection, Nov. 1

Posted on: October 27, 2014

Nominate a Business Person of the Year

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Thorn Creek Plan Public Meeting, Oct. 30

Posted on: October 27, 2014
Reed_web.jpg

Park Forest remembers Cynthia Reed

Posted on: October 24, 2014

Hydrant flushing begins today

Posted on: October 21, 2014

Halloween in Park Forest

Posted on: October 16, 2014

New grocer to open in Park Forest

Posted on: September 26, 2014

College For Youth Program, October 4

Posted on: September 18, 2014
TerryBoykinShowingHisArt.jpg

Music Fest added to Park Forest Art Fair

Posted on: September 9, 2014

New Teen Zone session begins Sept. 2

Posted on: August 29, 2014
GoodEggLogo.jpg

Nominations sought for Good Egg Award

Posted on: August 28, 2014

Epay site temporarily down

Posted on: August 14, 2014
SustainabilityPlanLogo.jpg

Free lecture on herbs, August 16

Posted on: July 24, 2014
Postcard Online3.jpg

Wine and Chocolate Tasting, August 8

Posted on: July 23, 2014
Nursespluslogosmall.jpeg

School physicals continue

Posted on: July 17, 2014

Storm clean-up continues

Posted on: July 16, 2014
pfstormdamage.jpg

Storm clean-up begins in town

Posted on: July 1, 2014
pfpdlogo.jpg

Police issue community alert

Posted on: June 30, 2014
Nursespluslogosmall.jpeg

School physicals offered this summer

Posted on: June 19, 2014

Before I Die wall unveiled DownTown

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Ventra Day scheduled for June 30

Posted on: June 17, 2014
Deluca.jpg

Women's self defense seminar June 25

Posted on: June 18, 2014
SustainabilityPlanLogo.jpg

Gardening series continues June 21

Posted on: June 18, 2014
photo (2).jpg

Park Forest carnival June 19-22

Posted on: June 6, 2014
SustainabilityPlanLogo.jpg

Gardening Series continues May 17

Posted on: April 1, 2014

Senior Fair to be held May 9

Posted on: April 29, 2014
SustainabilityPlanLogo.jpg

Document destruction event, Sept. 12

Posted on: August 13, 2015