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Freedom from Smoking Program

Classes and Support Groups

HANFORD – Smoking is one of the hardest habits to break, but Adventist Health / Central Valley Network wants people to know they’re not alone in their efforts to quit.

Three respiratory therapists and a registered dietitian with the non-profit organization underwent training to become certified facilitators for the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking Program. It’s a free, 7-week course that informs smokers about the effects of nicotine and ways to quit.

The course will cover:

  • Coping mechanisms
  • Stress Management
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Emotional Support

“The Central Valley has the highest smoking rates in California,” says Rebecca Goodstein, registered dietitian and certified facilitator for the program, “but our network has a strong support system of respiratory therapists, lung center resources and more to help people change their behavior and lifestyle.”

The deadline to register for the course is May 31, which is when the first class begins. Attendees will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Conference Rooms 2 and 3 at Adventist Medical Center – Hanford. Snacks will be provided. To RSVP, please contact Goodstein at (559) 537-0083 or email Rebecca.Goodstein@ah.org.