Parkview’s Freedom From Smoking course ready to start on Sept. 17

Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) offers the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking course, which can serve as both support group and step-by-step guide through the quitting process.

The next seven-week session will run Monday, Sept. 17, to Monday, Oct. 29, with an extra, eighth session during Week 4, known as “quit week.”

The course is free to any area resident. Classes take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the boardroom on the lower level of PHH, located at 2001 Stults Rd., in Huntington.

Shelby Sheets, RN, cardiopulmonary rehab coordinator, is the hospital’s certified facilitator for the course. She helps each smoker develop a personal, long-term Freedom From Smoking plan. The course includes:

• Education in stress management, weight control, assertive communication skills, exercise and
nicotine replacement therapy.

• A step-by-step method for changing behavior and quitting smoking.

• Group approach using positive thinking, alternative behaviors, one-on-one help and rewards.

• American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking workbook and relaxation CD.

Space is limited to 16 participants. On completion of the course, each person receives a free one-month membership to the Adult Fitness Center at PHH.

To register for the September-October session, or for more information, call 355-3209. Local companies are also encouraged to consider holding the Freedom From Smoking course at their worksites.