Class size is limited, so you’re asked to register by Sept. 29

    With the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking course, you do not have to quit smoking cold turkey.    

    But you can quit by turkey day – Thanksgiving. Studies show that after just one week of quitting smoking, better sense of smell and taste return.    

    Wouldn’t it be great to really enjoy the aroma and taste of Thanksgiving this year? Wouldn’t it be great to have a healthier lifestyle in which to be thankful?    

    According to the American Lung Association, seven out of ten smokers want to quit because they feel they owe it to themselves and those they love.    

    Of course wanting to quit and actually quitting are two different things.   

    It’s no secret that quitting is hard. But you don’t have to go it alone. RiverView Health can help. RiverView will be offering the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking group program Oct. 6 through Nov. 17 to help equip you with the support and skills you need to quit smoking for good.     

    Freedom From Smoking is a program specifically designed for adults who want to quit smoking.    

    It’s the American Lung Association’s gold standard, group clinic that has helped thousands of smokers quit for good. Joan Morlan, RN and Pulmonary Rehab coordinator at RiverView Health, will support you through weekly lessons, simple assignments to reinforce an understanding of nicotine addiction, the process of quitting and changing behavior associated with quitting.    

    Morlan is a certified facilitator of the Freedom From Smoking program.    

    The course consists of eight sessions in seven weeks, starting Monday Oct. 6 from 5 pm-6 pm in RiverView’s Meeting Room 2, located on the Crookston campus.    

    The cost for the course is $65, which includes a workbook and CD.   

    The following are the course topics:   

    •    Session 1 - Thinking about Quitting
    •    Session 2 – On the Road to Freedom
    •    Session 3 – Wanting to Quit
    •    Session 4 – Quit Day
    •    Session 5 – Winning Strategies
    •    Session 6 – The New You
    •    Session 7 – Staying Off
    •    Session 8: Celebration   

    Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States, causing over 392,000 deaths per year. Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard for people of all ages, and is estimated to cause close to 50,000 deaths each year, according to the American Lung Association. Don’t let smoking add you or your loved ones to those statistics.   

    For more information or to register for the Freedom From Smoking program, call RiverView Health’s Pulmonary Rehab Department at 218-281-9411 or register via email at cardpulm@riverviewhealth.org. Please register by Sept. 29.