Your health: Allgheny Valley Hospital hopes to help smokers stop; Destination Wellness offerings

| Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

AVH program hopes to help smokers stop

Did you know when you quit smoking, you decrease your chance of a heart attack in the first 24 hours? Start your new year with a plan to quit tobacco for good.

Allegheny Valley Hospital's PriorityCare program is hosting a special eight-session program beginning Jan. 10 designed to help you quit smoking or using other tobacco products.

Jill Fine, a smoking-cessation specialist, will facilitate the program. It will provide education, addiction-withdrawal support and assistance with obtaining and understanding nicotine-replacement therapy medications.

The program will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the cafeteria conference room at the Harrison hospital.

Registration is required. Call 724-226-7339 by Jan. 8. The program, made possible through funding from Tobacco Free Allegheny, is free and open to the public.

PriorityCare is a free membership program offered by AVH to adults age 55 or older.

Destination Wellness offerings

Upcoming programs at Allegheny Valley Hospital's Destination Wellness at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer, include:

• A blood drive will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19. All blood collected stays within the community.

• An Alzheimer's support group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19. This monthly support group provides caregivers information when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. Space is limited to 30 participants.

Freeblood-pressure screenings are available during operating hours, 10 a .m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

—Staff reports

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