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All fired up: Peninsula Health’s Andie Murphy with, left, Victoria regional good sports manager Bill Karametos and Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League coach-coordinator Stuart Gay.

All fired up: Peninsula Health’s Andie Murphy with, left, Victoria regional good sports manager Bill Karametos and Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League coach-coordinator Stuart Gay.

PENINSULA Health has received an award for its Preventing Tobacco Use campaign as part of the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League Goes Smoke Free project.

The award was announced at the 2016 VicHealth Awards ceremony at Federation Square last week by Health Minister Jill Hennessey. Also attending were Shadow Health Spokeswoman Mary Wooldridge, Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber, VicHealth chair Fiona McCormack and VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter.

The Preventing Tobacco Use project is a partnership with the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League, Good Sports, Quit Victoria, and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, with the league the first sporting league in the region to go completely smoke free.

“The work we continue to do around smoke-free environments is very important, as we see our sporting clubs as the heartbeat of our community,” Peninsula Health’s Andie Murphy said.

“Supporting this change now will strengthen the health and wellbeing of our youth and their families in the future. We encourage other sporting clubs, leagues and associations to join us and make a commitment to be smoke free.”

Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League is going smoke free to provide a healthy and safe area for players, parents and spectators to enjoy the game, president Andrew Souter said.

“This is being achieved with the help of Peninsula Health who are extremely passionate about the cause.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 12 December 2016

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