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September 25, 2009
Reinbeck Courier

Grundy Center - Grundy County Memorial Hospital's (GCMH) Cardiac Rehabilitation is pleased to be offering the Freedom from Smoking Clinic for the public. The seven week program empowers participants to overcome slips and relapse, gives strategies for developing a quit plan, tips for staying smoke free and controlling weight along the way.

The American Lung Association reports the following benefits from quitting smoking:

20 minutes after quitting a person's heart rate drops to a normal level.

12 hours after quitting the carbon monoxide level in their blood drops to normal.

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting their risk of having a heart attack begins to drop and their lung function begins to improve.

1 to 9 months after quitting their coughing and shortness of breath decreases.

1 year after quitting their risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smokers.

5 to 15 years after quitting their risk of having a stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmokers and their risk of getting cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus are half that of a smokers.

10 years after quitting their lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smokers.

15 years after quitting their risk of coronary heart disease is the same as that of a nonsmokers.

The program meets Tuesday evenings starting October 6th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and will continue for seven weeks but will have eight sessions. The class will meet at GCMH in the Education Room. Participants are encouraged to check with their employer and insurance company for any available assistance with enrollment costs or future incentives and discounts available.

For more information call GCMH's CR/PR Coordinator Brandy Tripp, RN, BSN at (319) 824-5421. Preregistration is required and space is limited.

For more information about other GCMH Services call or visit our website at



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