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WIU Employee Wellness Smoking Cessation Program; Register by Jan. 17

January 11, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – Find the "Courage to Quit" smoking with the help of Western Illinois University's Beu Health Education. Led by JoAnn Hairston-Jones, health education coordinator, Beu Health Center, and a certified tobacco cessation program leader, the four-week program will be offered to Western employees for a cost of $10 (which covers the cost of the program book).

"Courage to Quit" will be offered from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 23, 30 and Feb. 6, 13, in Seal Hall, room 213 (east wing). According to Hairston-Jones, the first session provides an orientation to the program, with the participants' quit date set for the third session (Feb. 6).

"'Courage to Quit' is the Respiratory Health Association's group quit-smoking program, which provides individuals with the help needed to reach the goal of being smoke free," she explained. "The program provides support for dealing with addiction and withdrawal, avoiding triggers, managing cravings and quit-smoking medicines. It also highlights the health benefits of quitting and provides information about free resources individuals can use to help them quit."

Registration is required by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, and space is limited. "Courage to Quit" is sponsored by WIU Employee Wellness.

To register or for more information, contact Hairston-Jones at (309) 298-3225 or via email at Learn more about WIU Employee Wellness at

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