August 21, 2006
Media Release

Volley your way to better health

 NEWMARKET Ė York Regionís Youth Action Alliance Program, York YEL!T, Youth Exposing Lies !n Tobacco will hold their first ever smoke-free volleyball day.  There will also be a variety of fun, interactive and educational displays, such as CO2 testing, automated external defibrillator demonstrations, and sand structure activities, offered by the Tobacco Education and Control Team, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Sun Safety Team. The goal of this day is to promote smoke-free and active living.
When:  Thursday, August 24th, 2006
Registration is from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  
Tournament play is from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Where: Sibbald Point Provincial Park (corner of Park Rd. and Black River Rd.)
  26465 York Rd. #18, R.R. #2, Sutton
Who: Families and youth are invited to participate.  Register in advance or sign up the day of the event at the park (details at the front gate). To register in advance call York Region Health Services at 1-877-464-9675 ext. 3075 (from Monday, August 14th to Monday, August 21st, 2006)
Cost: Participation in play in the games is free.  However, regular parking rates do apply
York Regionís Youth Action Alliance Program (York YEL!T) aims to prevent and reduce smoking in youth by directly engaging them as key participants in the development and execution of York Region wide campaigns.  Youth Action Alliances are meant to be the cornerstone of community-based youth tobacco control programs in Ontario.  These formed Ministry of Health Promotion funded Smoke-Free Ontario peer leadership programs engage youth in local action campaigns to prevent smoking, encourage quit attempts, reduce exposure to second-hand smoke, and increase awareness of tobacco issues in local communities across the province. 
For more information on other health-related questions, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653

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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Pager (905) 830-3302

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