Fareway Economical Food Stores policy began January 1
A new year brings a renewed focus on the health of the local community. Grinnell Regional Public Health recently recognized Fareway Economical Food Stores for its new tobacco and nicotine-free policy. As of January 1, new company policy prohibits smoking and the use of any other tobacco or tobacco-like products such as electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco on all company property. Nicotine products approved by the Food and Drug Administration for cessation are excluded from this policy.
“This is a change for the better,” says Steve Tielbur, Grinnell Fareway’s grocery store manager. “It is important to us at Fareway to create a healthy work environment for our employees and eliminating tobacco use from our campus is an integral part of that process,” “This is a key step in building a strong foundation for future wellness initiatives.”
This policy is supported by Grinnell Regional Public Health and the American Lung Association in Iowa, who helped with the technical assistance in implementing the policy, education, and tobacco cessation resources. Signage and cessation resources were made possible by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Community Partnership Grant.
“This grant made it possible for us to provide Fareway employees with flyers, stress balls, and other items to help them with their new wellness journey,” says Patty Hinrichs, director of Grinnell Regional Public Health. “Hopefully Fareway’s example will lead other business to implement tobacco and nicotine-free policies to improve the health of their workers and the community as a whole.”
For more information on how your business can become tobacco free, contact Grinnell Regional Public Health at 641-236-2385.
Photo cutline: Steve Tielbur, Grinnell Fareway Grocery store manager, poses with Patty Hinrichs and Kami Walters from Grinnell Regional Public Health. Hinrichs and Walters