Regence Engine Webinar Helps Consumers Keep Resolution to Quit Smoking

Health Coach Beth Thompson Presents Her Unique Program to Help People

Prepare For Mental and Physical Challenges and Learn How to Overcome


Jan 02, 2007, 00:00 ET from Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon

    PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the most popular New
 Year's resolutions people make is to quit smoking, but many smokers don't
 know how or where to start. Others try, only to meet unexpected obstacles
 or find new problems such as weight gain or depression.
     Consumers who want to make smoking cessation a priority in the New Year
 are invited to attend a free Regence Engine web seminar entitled "Ready to
 Quit Smoking? Learn How to Quit, What to Expect and How to Overcome
 Obstacles" on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
 Regence members may enroll for this web seminar on the Engine at, while members of the public may enroll at
     This event will be led by Regence health coach Beth Thompson, who has
 developed her own program to help people become smoke free. She will help
 attendees get started and stay on track to a healthier life by addressing
 several important topics, including the basics on how to quit smoking; what
 to expect; how to prepare mentally and physically; and ways to overcome
 cravings using healthy alternatives.
     "Smoking is a difficult habit to break, and most people who do so
 successfully had support along the way. Whether it's their first attempt or
 their tenth, we invite consumers to join Regence for this event and learn
 how to take charge and stay on track to a healthier, smoke-free life," said
 Will McKinney, vice president of Consumer-Directed Health Systems for
     About the Regence Engine
     The Regence Engine ( is designed to help advise members
 on healthcare and lifestyle options, navigate them through the healthcare
 system, and reward those who make healthier choices. With the Regence
 Engine, members can find all their health-related resources in one place.
 They can check their claims; get fitness and nutrition tips; learn about
 medical conditions, medications and formulary information; search for
 doctors; and research costs and care options. They can even earn Regence
 Reward points-redeemable for gift certificates to hundreds of restaurants,
 retailers, theaters and more-just for actively taking charge of their
     About Regence
     Created in 1995, Regence is the largest health insurer in the Pacific
 Northwest/Mountain State region. It includes Regence BlueShield of Idaho,
 Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of
 Utah and Regence BlueShield (in Washington). Through these plans, Regence
 provides health, life, vision, dental and long-term care insurance to
 nearly three million members. Regence and its affiliate plans are
 not-for-profit, independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield
 Association. More than one in three Americans have coverage from the Blues.
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SOURCE Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon