Thursday, May 13, 2010

Martin Memorial Offers Two New Classes to Help People Quit Tobacco Use

Martin Memorial Health Systems will be holding free classes as part of a new program aimed at helping people quit using tobacco.

The classes are six weeks each and are taught by health care professionals certified in tobacco cessation. They provide nicotine replacement therapy, as well as smoking cessation techniques and the support needed to help kick the tobacco habit.

The program is open to Treasure Coast residents, including Martin Memorial patients and associates, as well as their family members. The free program offers ongoing support as well as group sessions, and has a proven record of success.

Two separate six-week sessions will begin at two locations in Martin and St. Lucie counties:

• Thursday, May 20, 3-4 p.m., Martin County Community Services facility, Veterans Services Office, 435 S.E. Flagler Ave., Stuart
• Thursday, May 20, 2-3 p.m., House of Hope, 2484 S.E. Bonita St., Stuart

Everyone who completes a six-week class will receive a free pass for seven sessions to any of Martin Memorial’s six health and fitness centers conveniently located throughout the Treasure Coast.

The program is a collaboration between Martin Memorial, the Florida Department of Health, the Everglades Area Health Education Center, and the Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network.

Anyone seeking more information or who wants to sign up for the program can call (772) 287-QUIT (7848), or e-mail

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