Fall into a healthier lifestyle – You CAN quit smoking!

 Snow Hill, Md.(Sept. 12, 2012) – The air is a little crisper, the leaves are starting to fall, and change is in the air. Fall is a great time to make a commitment to quit smoking and improve your health.  

The Worcester County Health Department is offering FREE smoking cessation group classes throughout the county starting in October.  Classes will be held at the following locations:
 
·         Atlantic General Hospital, 9733 Healthway Dr., Tuesdays from noon-1 p.m. starting October 2-December 18.
·         Berlin Health Center, 9730 Healthway Dr., Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. starting October 2-December 18.
·         Pocomoke Health Center, 400 A- Walnut St., Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. starting October 4-December 20.
 
Each smoking cessation program kicks off with a “Motivation to Quit” class. People may register at this session, or by calling the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-0056. 
 
Smoking cessation aids such as gum, patch, lozenges are available through a voucher program. Vouchers are also available to help offset the cost of CHANTIX for individuals meeting specific program requirements.
 
Instructors help participants create a supportive environment to break the smoking addiction. Each individual learns how to develop a customized plan for quitting.  The smoking cessation course consists of seven sessions covering topics such as stress management, weight control, assertive communication, how to develop a quit plan, relapse prevention, and physical activity. 

Instructors teach a step-by-step method for changing behavior and quitting smoking.  A registered dietitian will teach participants how to reduce weight gain when quitting smoking. The group approach uses positive thinking, alternative behaviors, and group support to help participants stop smoking.
 
As part of the course, the participants will learn how to identify triggers for relapse and how to develop a plan to prevent it. The course will teach you how to quit smoking and how to stay quit.  You can become a non-smoker!
 

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