Lung Disease Foundation, Lakemont Park partner on ‘Young Lungs at Play’ Program

Courtesy photo Sherri Stayer, executive director of the Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, is shown with the Young Lungs at Play sign installed by the Lakemont Park staff.

The Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania has partnered with Lakemont Park to supply them with “Young Lungs at Play” signs.

The signs designate the park as a tobacco-free park. The partnership between the Lung Disease Founda-tion of Central Pennsylvania and Lakemont Park was made possible through the Tobacco Control Service Provider grant funded by the American Lung Association and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Sherri Stayer, executive director of the Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, the designated Tobacco Control Service Provider for Blair and Bedford counties, brought the signs to Lakemont Park for their staff to install.

Stayer said, “We are very happy to have Lakemont Park become our newest partner as a ‘Young Lungs at Play’ facility. Once they contacted us, we acted quickly to have the signs to Lakemont Park in time for their 2019 season opening.”

Melissa Vyborny, general manager of Lakemont Park, shared that the new signs fit perfectly with the park’s new playground area. “We want everyone to know that Lakemont Park is now a no-smoking, no-vaping facility,” said Vyborny. “Our free admission park provides everyone the ability to come to the park and enjoy all the new features including the PA WalkWorks 1.25-mile walking trail. The new ‘Young Lungs At Play’ signs will help remind our park guests about the importance of healthy living.”

According to Stayer, any privately or municipality owned park or playground may apply for the signs as long as they provide a copy of their policy stating they are smoke-free, tobacco-free and preferably, vaping-free.

“Young Lungs at Play” is a program aimed to help communities create tobacco-free parks, playgrounds and recreational areas for children.

This will help to prevent secondhand smoke exposure and promote healthy areas for physical activity.

For more information, contact Stayer at 946-2845, ext. 200, or

sherris@altoonalungspecialists.com.

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