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Jodie DeLoach joins QuitDoc Foundation as the Tobacco Prevention Specialist for DeSoto County
March 2, 2016

ARCADIA, Fla. – QuitDoc Foundation recently named Jodie DeLoach as the Tobacco Prevention Specialist of Desoto County.  Jodie will also be responsible for facilitating the Tobacco Free Partnership of Desoto County, a coalition of community leaders working together on tobacco issues that affect the residents of Desoto County, particularly its most vulnerable residents: youth and senior citizens.

"I am beyond excited to represent Desoto County as QuitDoc’s newest team member," said Jodie. “Implementing the education, prevention, and treatment of tobacco in this quaint community is a true passion of mine.”

Jodie comes to QuitDoc from the Hardee County School Board where she has been employed at Zolfo Springs Elementary (ZSE) School for the past seven years. During her years at ZSE, she spent numerous hours volunteering with many non-profit groups and being an active member in the community. She was the 2014 ZSE Teacher of the Year, Grade Chair Lead, Fundraising Co-chair, a member of the Parent Involvement Committee, a participant on the summer planning board, the Junior Varsity Cheerleading Sponsor, and served on countless other clubs and organizations.


In addition to teaching, Jodie is also a Health and Wellness Coach. As a coach, she cultivates and manages new and existing relationships by living a healthy lifestyle and recruiting others to do the same. Through coaching, she serves as a mentor to nearly 100 women working towards health goals. Jodie has truly developed a love for healthy living, in all capacity, and has a deep passion for helping others live happier, healthier lives.

Jodie and her husband, Joseph, reside in DeSoto County where he is a lifelong resident. They recently welcomed their first child into their family and stay quite busy volunteering their time and giving back to their community. Jodie has immediate plans on joining the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce and becoming an active participant in Leadership DeSoto.

The Partnership will continue to work on several initiatives to reduce youth access to tobacco products, to reduce illnesses and exposure to secondhand smoke, and to promote tobacco cessation services throughout the county.

The Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Program will continue to be an active part of the partnership in Desoto County. Florida’s SWAT Program has been a model for other states, and remains a very effective youth prevention program.

For more information, or to schedule a program, you can contact Jodie by calling 863-832-0715, or by email at