Wellness News

Tobacco Cessation Mini-Grant Winners Featured!

Posted: December 10, 2014

As part of the USG HR wellness initiative, the USO HR office reviewed Mini-Grant proposals from participating USG institutions to be used to promote tobacco cessation for faculty and staff in support of the new USG Tobacco & Smoke-Free campus policy, which went into effect on October 1, 2014.

The funds are intended to be used for classes, prizes, incentives, communications, or even for supplies for activities focused on tobacco cessation! In an effort to support the system through the transition and as part of the USG HR wellness initiative, the USG’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Marion Fedrick, made a call for proposals to be used to promote tobacco cessation programs for faculty and staff, in support of the new policy, which went into effect October 1, 2014. Approved grants vary in amounts, ranging from $800 to $5,000 per institution, and will be used to provide intervention and cessation support for faculty and staff who identify as tobacco users, utilizing respective campus health services and organizations such as the American Cancer Society and American Lung Association.

The USG currently provides coverage for all over-the-counter items and prescription smoking cessation products, with $0 co-pay. The aim of these funded programs is to provide the supplemental communications, activities, and incentives necessary to support individuals looking to decrease their tobacco usage.

By adopting the tobacco and smoke-free policy and supporting these institutional programs with mini-grants, the Board of Regents hopes to increase the awareness of health risk factors associated with tobacco usage, promoting healthier lifestyles and overall decreased healthcare costs.

Institutions awarded the Mini-Grants include:

  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
  • Armstrong State University
  • Clayton State University
  • Dalton State College
  • East Georgia State College
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Georgia Perimeter College
  • Georgia State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Savannah State University
  • University of West Georgia

Remember, Live Healthy USG!