|Hospital offers FreshStart program|
|Tuesday, October 29, 2013 8:25 PM|
Van Wert County Hospital will host FreshStart, an American Cancer Society program designed to help participants stop smoking by providing them with all of the essential information and strategies needed to direct their own efforts at stopping.
The program begins Tuesday with sessions held from 5:30-6:45 p.m. for four weeks, ending Nov. 26.
FreshStart focuses on an active pragmatic approach to quitting smoking through active participation and group support. Participants are encouraged to apply what they learn in FreshStart to other aspects of their lives.
According to an American Cancer Society report, smokers who quit can expect to live up to 10 years longer than those who continue to smoke. Quitting is hard but smokers can increase their chances of success with help.
Research shows that much of the risk of premature death from smoking could be prevented by quitting. Smokers who quit, regardless of age, live longer than people who continue to smoke. Smokers who quit reduce their risk of lung cancer – 10 years after quitting, the lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s. Quitting also lowers the risk for other major diseases, including heart disease and stroke.
“The FreshStart program provides great tips and tools to help you beat the urge to smoke. There has never been a better time to quit,” said Marybeth Torsell, health initiatives representative for the society.
Sessions are located at Van Wert County Hospital Cafeteria Conference Room, 1250 South Washington Street, Van Wert, Ohio.
Interested individuals may register for the free series by calling 419-238-2390, ext. 345.