For more information, call: 877-CENTEGRA

News: Centegra Health System celebrates the Great American Smokeout

Centegra Health System joins the American Cancer Society to celebrate the 36th Great American Smokeout on Nov. 17 during Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Smokers are encouraged to make a plan to quit and take an important step toward a healthier life.

The 2010 McHenry County Healthy Community Study reported that lung cancer is the leading cause of death in McHenry County among men and women ages 45-75.”We know quitting isn’t easy. To be successful, you need to be aware of the challenges you will face and the different options available for getting help,”  said Celine Pope, wellness manager with Centegra Health System.Centegra Health System and the McHenry County Department of Health partner to provide Freedom From Smoking classes to teach practical ways to end nicotine addiction. The class offers group support and behavior modification and reviews the nicotine replacement products currently on the market.”Having support is very important when you are trying to quit. Tell family and friends when you plan to quit and ask them to support you during the process,”  said Pope. “The Freedom From Smoking class also offers support and tools to help you be successful.” The class is taught by the McHenry County Department of Health staff, who trained in the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking program. Classes will be conducted on from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 12 to Feb. 23 at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Huntley located at 10450 Algonquin Road. The $25 course fee is refundable if all seven sessions are attended. Call 877-CENTEGRA for more information and to register.

To speak with a counselor immediately, call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES.