Herkimer, NY– Herkimer County HealthNet will offer a free three-week Tobacco Cessation Program called Freshstart beginning Wednesday, May 8 from 5:00pm-6:30pm at Little Falls Hospital, 4th floor, 140 Burwell St, Little Falls. This program will meet every Wednesday for three consecutive weeks 5:00pm-6:30pm.

Freshstart is designed to help smokers plan a successful quit attempt by providing essential information, skills for coping with cravings, and group support.

Freshstart incorporates the most current guidelines for tobacco cessation support into face-to-face group support sessions. Program participants choose a combination of techniques and cessation treatments they will use in their quit attempt.

The Freshstart evidence-based approach helps participants increase their motivation to quit, learn effective approaches for quitting and guide them in making a successful quit attempt through information, activities, and discussion. The evidence-based components of Freshstart include motivational intervention activities, practical counseling, social support, and education about medication and different approaches to quitting.

Freshstart program participants can expect a participant guide handed out at the beginning of the first session to use in the program sessions and for personal review outside of class. They can also expect group support from other program participants, the opportunity to learn from past quit attempts, and new techniques to incorporate into their future quit attempt.

For more information or to register for this program call Herkimer County HealthNet, Program Coordinator, Elyse Enea at 315-867-1552, email eenea@herkimercouty.org, or register online at www.healthnetinc.org.

Herkimer County HealthNet is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and its mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn in Herkimer County and the Mohawk Valley.

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