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 myregence.com, while members of the public may enroll at regence.com. 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 Regence. About the Regence Engine The Regence Engine (myregence.com) 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 health. 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. For more information, visit www.regence.com.
SOURCE Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon