For three months, five Northland team will take on their counterparts in Auckland remains a problem for the anti-smoking until 31 August. The team with the highest number of smokers who had gone at the end of the contest wins $ 5,000. Another $ 500 cash prize is available for the teams that create the activity on the Wero site.
Northland District Health Board, Nausea on the Waipareira Trust and the Pacific churches Enua Ola puts five teams, each of the 10 participants to attend the Wh This is a total of 15 teams and 150 smokers taking a call for smoking cessation.
“Wero is out to win the competition, which sits within a broader research program Turanga by the Centre for Tobacco Control Research at the University of Auckland. Turanga was asked to investigate innovative ways to reduce the current rate of smoking prevalence in Maori and Pacific people.
Each team has a non-smoking coach – as well as sports team, the role of a coach is to motivate and lead the team forward, ensuring that their eye is firmly on the prize, not only money but also a long-term goal of becoming smoke-free for life .
Northland DHB coordinator of the project Tobacco Control Advisor Ralph Hand said that the trainer’s role is crucial to the success of the team, but also the knowledge and support from friends, family and community are important;
“It would be nice if everyone got behind their local team and helped them achieve their goals, individually, to quit smoking, and as a team to win the prize money for local charities nominated.
It is not easy to quit smoking, so that they will at some point need some additional support from whänau, friend or neighbor’s work, “Ralph added.
Northland DHB support the coach and the participants with appropriate resources and information to give them the best chance of quitting for good, and win this challenge.
Participants are also linked to quit smoking support services, such as Aukati Kaipaipa and Quit line, where they can get access to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help ease cravings and workshops have been scheduled at key junctions throughout the task, to bring the team together and help Participants build on their status as free from tobacco smoke. These workshops will address topics such as termination of services and support providers, substance abuse and smoking, nutrition advice, physical activity and more options.
Teams are under the supervision of the entire competition, the data entered into the database event. Commands related to the competition website, where they can monitor their progress against that of the other teams, but they also have the ability to post blogs about their experiences. Fans will also be able to access the web site to see progress in the local team, as well as leave comments in support
In addition to the competitions $ 5000 Grand Prix, Northland DHB will provide a further prize of $ 2,000 as an additional incentive for the teams from this region.
All prizes, including the grand prize must be donated to charity or organization.
Ralph encouraged Northlanders get for their team: “We all wanted to win, so get right behind your local stars Quit, they compete not only for prize money that goes straight to your community, but also for their long-term health.”
If you want to quit smoking, there is support to help you along the way. Consult your doctor, see the supplier Aukati Kaipaipa, Ring out Line 0800 778 778 or see their website www.quit.org.nz for more information.