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PrimeTime HealtH be a Quitter Stopping smoking is hard. GMC can help Q cAll uitting smoking can be difficult, especially for seniors, but doing so will likely add years to your life, help you breathe more easily, make your food taste better and give you more energy—not to mention free up extra money for spending or saving. When you quit smoking, you join more than a million people who do so each year. Whether you are young or old, you will also decrease your chance of cancer and set a healthy example for children and grandchildren, all the while giving them a healthy environment in which to live. Make Today the Day You Stop Smoking Register for GMC’s next Freshstart Smoking Cessation Class. Call HealthLine at 678-312-5000 or visit Within that first year, you become almost half as likely to develop heart disease as you were before, and the flow of blood to your hands and feet gets stronger. Your chance of getting cancer from smoking also begins to lessen. Ten to 15 years after quitting, your risk of cancer could be almost as low as that of a nonsmoker. Good News About QuittiNG As soon as you stop smoking, your lungs, heart and circulatory system start getting better. With that said, it’s not surprising that your chance of heart attack, stroke and other circulatory diseases begins to drop in the first year after you quit. breAkiNG the AddictioN photo by thinkstock Smoking is a strong addiction for your body and mind. It can be hard to stop, but it is an unquestionably attainable goal. Since 1965, more than 40 million Americans have quit smoking. The first step is to make a firm decision to quit. At that point, the professionals at Gwinnett Medical Center can help. The Freshstart Smoking Cessation Class includes social support and coaching on problem-solving skills that have proved effective in helping people to quit. The Freshstart Smoking Cessation Class is a four-class program created by the American Cancer Society and taught by GMC’s trained facilitators. It provides the information and strategies needed to create a personal plan for quitting while in a supportive group environment. All of the methods and activities contain the most effective elements for success and could be your start to a new life without cigarettes. Four weekly sessions start each quarter. They are free and hosted at Gwinnett Medical Center– Lawrenceville’s Community Room, just off the main lobby. Sp Ri nG 2013 49

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Spring 2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center

Vim & Vigor - Spring 2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center
Phil’s Feature
Where Lasting Weight Loss Begins
Open Heart Surgery Journey
You’re the Star
Lighten Up!
Have No Fear
Work It!
Diane Keaton
What Are the Chances?
9 Symptoms Never to Ignore
When Allergies Attack
Virtual Health
PrimeTime Health
Aiding Babies
Back on Top
Out of the White Coat
Transforming Healthcare

Vim & Vigor - Spring 2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center