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Howard Memorial Hospital Hosting the Freedom From Smoking Class


Howard Memorial Hospital Hosting the Freedom From Smoking Class


Date: June 17, 2011

Contact: Darcy De Leon
Director, Marketing & HR

Willits, CA - Howard Memorial Hospital is hosting The American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking class every Wednesday from 6-7p.m. in the HMH Conference Room. This custom-made quit plan is free of charge and walk-in's are always welcome. To learn more, you can contact Jennifer Barrett at 540-4208.

Unlike other stop-smoking programs that last for a rigid six-week period, the program at HMH, run by Barrett, gathers year-round.

Barrett's program is comprehensive and individualized. Every week she creates a plan for the members and their specific needs.

One stress-causing factor that averts people who want to stop smoking is a belief that they have to already be on the road to success to attend. Barrett says, "Come as you are." The average person takes six attempts before they are successful as a non-smoker. "The more often you try to quit, the more likely you are to succeed," Barrett said.

Some interested parties may be discouraged from attending a smoking cessation class if they miss the first meeting, or if they miss one of the six classes offered by traditional programs. By offering a comprehensive program year-round, each week can be a first week. Missing one week doesn't mean that you've missed a big chunk out of the program since a missed class can easily be made-up.

Still, other concerning topics which race through someone's mind who considers "˜kicking the habit" are changes in weight gain, mood, cravings, and persistence. This comprehensive program revs participants" metabolisms through an overall lifestyle tune-up. Clients receive one-on-one coaching as they address and overcome each element of the quitting process.

The program promotes a lifestyle change to strengthen overall health which enables any person to constructively address daily stresses. "It's just like a diet or workout plan - you can do it - which is why we here to help."

"We help individuals gradually implement lifestyle changes that help them cope with stresses in other ways. It's not a 'Stop that!' but a, 'What about doing this or that instead?'" Barrett said.

"Believe me, I've tried them all, but since there's no beginning and no end to the program, there is no excuse not to be here," said Mark Dean, an attendee of the meetings at HMH.