Capital BlueCross Hosts Free Public Seven-Week Clinic to Help People Earn Their Freedom From Smoking

Jan 07, 2010, 10:13 ET from Capital BlueCross

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Year always brings with it promises and commitment of lifestyle changes, many of which are often challenging to meet. That's why Capital BlueCross is partnering with the local American Lung Association to help people quit smoking by offering a free seven-week nicotine cessation clinic from 6-8 p.m. Mondays Jan. 18-March 1, 2010 and Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. The clinic will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 450 Sylvan Street Extension, Marysville, Pa.

The group clinic called Freedom from Smoking methodically addresses all of the challenges and choices that smokers typically face when attempting to kick the habit. Starting with "developing a quitting plan," certified Capital BlueCross health educators will coach attendees through such topics as "dealing with recovery symptoms," "controlling your weight," "managing stress through relaxation techniques," "fighting the urge to start smoking again," "learning about cessation medications," and "practicing lifestyle changes that make quitting easier."

"One of the best ways to help someone kick a habit is by offering support, and that is what Capital BlueCross is doing by providing this free nicotine cessation clinic," said Amy Wixted, Capital BlueCross health educator. "We will be there for the attendees every step of the way, answering their questions, providing educational materials and encouraging them to succeed. Resolving to quit smoking is so very important, especially when you consider that smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 438,000 lives in America each year."

Seats are limited for this clinic, so people who are interested in participating should reserve their spot by calling 717-703-8575 or by going to The deadline to sign up is Jan. 13, 2010. You do not need to be a Capital BlueCross member to participate.

Capital BlueCross is the leading health insurer in its region, providing health insurance coverage to nearly one million people in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. Capital BlueCross is committed to making health insurance simple for its customers and members through all the stages of life by offering nationally acclaimed customer service and a full range of innovative benefit programs at competitive prices.

The company has been providing health security to the people and communities of central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley for more than 70 years and employs about 2,100 people in the region.

Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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