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 35th Great American Smokeout on Nov. 18. Smokers are encouraged to make a plan to quit and take an important step toward a healthier life.

Thursday, Nov. 18, Dr. Ashby Jordan, an independent specialist in pulmonary medicine on the medical staff at Centegra Health System, will present a free physician lecture from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The lecture, “Keeping Your Lungs Healthy”  will be conducted at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center – Crystal Lake. Jordan will discuss ways to improve lung health and the effects of primary and secondhand smoke on lung capacity.

“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.

Beginning in January 2011, Centegra Health System and the McHenry County Health Department will partner to provide “Quit 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. The first session will be January 5 through February 23 with no class on February 16.

“Having support is also 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 “ËœQuit Smoking’ class also offers support.” 

The “Quit Smoking”  class is taught by the McHenry County Department of Health staff, trained in the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program. Classes will be conducted at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center – Crystal Lake located at 200 Congress Parkway on Wednesdays beginning from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5. The $25 course fee is refundable if all seven sessions are attended.

Call 877-CENTEGRA for more information and to register for the free physician lecture on Nov. 18 and the “Quit Smoking”  classes beginning in January.

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