According to the most recent Census, 1 out of every 6 Arkansans are Hispanic. “Cinco de Mayo is a great opportunity to inform that growing community of the importance of eliminating tobacco consumption not only for themselves but for their families.
The Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office, MISRGO’s, “Stamp Out Smoking” program will again partner with the Arkansas Human Development Corporation to encourage tobacco prevention and cessation in remembrance of Cinco de Mayo.
The 13th annual Cinco de Mayo ¡Hola! Arkansas Health & Safety Fest that will take place at MacArthur Park in Little Rock, Saturday, May 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo is an annual observance day where Hispanic communities pay tribute and celebrate the culture and the Mexican history.
¡Hola! Arkansas Health & Safety Fest Cinco de Mayo celebration will provide free health services, food, games and information promoting a safer and healthier life in Arkansas, including the importance of tobacco prevention and cessation programs among the Arkansas’ Hispanic community.
“We look forward to partnering with organizations within our Hispanic community, once again, to advocate tobacco-free lives,” explained Patricia Edwards, Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office Project Specialist/Outreach. “It is essential, now more than ever, that we rally around the importance of tobacco prevention and cessation amongst all minority communities. Tobacco consumption is afflicting our communities at an unprecedented rate, and we must do something about it.”
Beyond Cinco de Mayo, MISRGO has partnered with several Hispanic organizations to consistently advocate tobacco-free lives amongst Hispanic communities. These partnerships have afforded MISRGO numerous messaging opportunities.
For more information about tobacco prevention and cessation, call Sue Espinoza, Hispanic program coordinator at the Arkansas Human Development Corporation 501-374-1103, ext 15 or call the QUIT LINE at 800-784-8669.
Hola! Arkansas Cinco de Mayo Health & Safety Fest is a tobacco free event