C’mon, You Can Do It; Quit for Good!
Since Kaiser Permanente and MCPS first teamed up to offer the Quit for Good tobacco cessation program in 2011, 73 MCPS employees have completed the course. Of those, nearly two-thirds were still tobacco-free six months after the program ended. That’s a significant accomplishment.
As a result, these employees are living much healthier lives. They also are saving money—as much as $6.78 per pack of cigarettes they are no longer buying. And, if they are covered by an MCPS medical insurance plan, beginning January 1, 2018, they will avoid a 25 percent smoker surcharge on the total cost of their health insurance. That’s a significant savings.
Isn’t it time you quit for good?
Quit for Good is a free, course-based tobacco cessation program open to all MCPS employees and their spouses. The program is eight weeks long and consists of weekly classes led by a nurse practitioner, with assistance from Kaiser Permanente clinicians and health experts. Class size is limited to ensure the personal attention necessary to support you in your goal of quitting. Sessions are open to all MCPS employees and their spouses, regardless of whether or not they carry Kaiser Permanente health insurance.
The next session of Quit for Good begins on Monday, Oct. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the Robinson Room at 45 W. Gude Dr. in Rockville. To register, email Well Aware. To learn more about the program, including the week-by-week course content, visit the Well Aware website.
Be Sure to Read the October Wellness Newsletter
In this month’s issue of Well Aware e-News, meet staff from an elementary school that made wellness an ongoing theme for the 2016–2017 school year. Also, get details on a seminar/webinar on the types and benefits of yoga, this year’s National Eat Healthy Day, Breast Cancer Awareness Day, and a six-week nutrition class offering healthier food choices for you and your family.