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‘Butting out’ certainly not easy to do

Gerd O’Sullivan, a Northwestern Health Unit board member for the Rainy River District Municipal Association, quit smoking on Jan. 18—10 days after the birth of her newest grandson.

O’Sullivan is publicly sharing her experience in hopes of encouraging others to quit during the fifth-annual “Driven to Quit Challenge” hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society.

Sexual health in spotlight

Feb. 12 celebrates Sexual and Reproductive Health Day, which aims to create awareness and providing information regarding sexual and reproductive health topics.

The focus for this year’s campaign is about increasing awareness of prevention, testing, and treatment of the sexually-transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia.

Challenge offers tobacco users chance to quit

District residents are being asked to trade in tobacco during the month of March for the chance to win prizes with the launch of the fifth province-wide “Driven to Quit Challenge.”

“This year we have some great prizes, as we always do,” Naomi McNeill, with the Canadian Cancer Society Smokers’ Helpline, said during last Wednesday’s launch at the Memorial Sports Centre here.