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Avenues to Wellness - Smoking Cessation Program

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Avenues to Wellness - Smoking Cessation Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 20, 2013

Contact: Kristen McCallum
Communications Manager
(707)-456-3127
McCallkp@ah.org

Jennifer Barrett
Smoking Cessation Program Facilitator
(707)-540-4208

 

Willits, CA 
Support is available for those who are ready to enjoy the health benefits--and do the work--of quitting smoking. A free, weekly, ongoing smoking cessation class with a holistic approach is being offered by Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital in partnership with the Frank R. Howard Foundation's new Avenues to Wellness program.

Support is available for those who are ready to enjoy the health benefits--and do the work--of quitting smoking. A free, weekly, ongoing smoking cessation class with a holistic approach is being offered by Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital in partnership with the Frank R. Howard Foundation's new Avenues to Wellness program.

"This class is not a cookie-cutter solution," says program facilitator Jennifer Barrett. "I will craft a plan for each individual participant which takes into account the unique challenges they will face in the process of quitting smoking."

In keeping with the goals of the Avenues to Wellness program, the smoking cessation class promotes overall health by addressing diet and exercise habits, and teaches strategies for coping with stress. "People may be concerned about weight gain, mood swings, or cravings that may come up while quitting smoking," says Barrett. "We will stay one step ahead of those challenges, supporting the metabolism and setting the stage for the best possible chance of success."

Barrett's program is uniquely accessible because it is an ongoing class that can be started at any time. Unlike the traditional six-week class which provides a limited window for enrollment at the start of each session, this class can be a person's "first week" any week of the year. Missing a week does not mean you've failed the class; they can easily get back on track.

"The key to success in quitting smoking is to keep trying," advises Barrett. "The average person makes six attempts before they are successful as a non-smoker." Therefore, with every new try, participants are even more likely to be successful.

The Smoking Cessation class meets every Wednesday from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Main Conference room at Howard Memorial Hospital. Enter through the main "Lions" entrance, turn right, and then follow the signs to the conference room. To learn more, contact Jennifer Barrett at (707)-540-4208