Measure Up Marion, Shape Up Ocala, Shape Up Belleview, and Empower Your Body Nutrition Announce Tobacco-Free Changeover
Martha Vaughn, Village Crier, October 15, 2015

In its ongoing commitment to improving the lives and health of Marion County and its residents, Measure Up Marion, its partner QuitDoc Foundation, and Shape Up Ocala, Shape Up Belleview, and Empower Your Body Nutrition are leading the way. These three establishments now will have tobacco-free outdoor areas to ensure tobacco-free pleasure for its patrons. Tyla Kennedy owns and operates the establishments: Shape Up Ocala, Shape Up Belleview (opened recently), and Empower Your Body Nutrition (opened recently), smoothie and juice bar establishments, will enforce a tobacco free workplace and grounds.

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“With the forward thinking of its owner, these juice and smoothie establishments, with Measure Up Marion have implemented a tobacco-free policy for its patrons and employees,” said Maclyn Walker, project director of Measure Up Marion. “Convinced by the health dangers of second hand smoke and other tobacco products, Tyla Kennedy was eager to make changes, both to benefit patrons and employees.”

“Tyla wanted the health benefits of tobacco-free to mirror the healthy products she offers,” said Lauren Walter, community health advocate at QuitDoc Foundation. “The changeover is going smoothly and we are thrilled that the Shape Up/Empower Your Body establishments are committed to the health of Marion County residents.”

To work with Measure Up Marion on making your restaurant tobacco-free, contact Lauren Walter at LWalter@QuitDoc.com or 352.359.5383. The establishments locations and hours are: Shape Up Ocala (200 SE 1st Ave Ocala); Shape Up Belleview 5119 SE 102nd Place, Belleview, Mon-Fri 11-2pm & 6pm-8:30pm; and, Empower Your Body Nutrition, 7277 E Maricamp Rd. Mon-Fri 7 am – 8 pm, Saturday 10-2 pm.

Measure Up Marion is a coalition of health advocates and organizations dedicated to improving the lives of their neighbors in Marion County. Through increased access to healthier food choices in corner stores, concession stands and vending; tobacco-free restaurants, housing and faith communities; EBT acceptance at farmers markets; and, assistance in avoiding and managing chronic diseases through community health workers, physician multi-disciplinary teams, and patient portal access through MyHealthStory, Measure Up Marion and its partners work for improvement through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, as part of its Partners In Community Health (PICH) award.