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Parkview to hold smoking cessation classes

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017

Parkview Huntington Hospital’s Freedom from Smoking course will start again on Monday, October 16. The course runs seven weeks and includes eight sessions; participants attend two sessions during quit week to help them stay firm in their resolve. Weekly sessions will take place on Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the boardroom on the lower level of the hospital at 2001 Stults Road.

The course features: Education in stress management, weight control, assertive communication skills, exercise and nicotine replacement therapy. Also included is a step-by-step method for changing behavior and quitting smoking group approach using positive thinking, alternative behaviors, one-on-one help and rewards. The American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking workbook and relaxation CD.

Shelby Sheets, RN, cardiopulmonary rehab coordinator, Parkview Huntington Hospital, is the certified facilitator for the course. She helps each smoker develop a personal, long-term Freedom from Smoking plan.

“Quitting isn’t easy,” says Sheets. “You have to be patient with yourself and be in it for the long run. Meanwhile, you can build a little support network of other people who know what you’re going through and can encourage you. That’s what we try to do with this course.”

Thanks to a new Parkview Health wellness initiative, the course is now free. Space is limited to 16 participants. On completion of the course, each person will receive a free one-month membership to the hospital’s Adult Fitness Center.

To register for the October 16 through November 27 course, or for more information, call (260) 355-3209. Arrangements can also be made for on-site courses at local companies.