Want to Stop Smoking? Quit for Good Can Help
Since Kaiser Permanente and MCPS first teamed up to offer the Quit for Good tobacco cessation program a little over five years ago, 72 MCPS employees have completed it. Of those, 47 were still tobacco-free six months after the program ended. That’s a huge accomplishment.
As a result, they are living much healthier lives. They also are saving money—as much as $7 per pack of cigarettes (in Maryland) that they are no longer buying. And, if they are covered by an MCPS medical insurance plan, they are avoiding a 3 percent smoker surcharge on the total cost of their health insurance.
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 you carry Kaiser Permanente health insurance.
The next session of Quit for Good begins on Monday, May 1, at 4:30 p.m. in the Maple 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.
EAP Offers Workshop on Building Confidence and Assertiveness
On Wednesday, March 1, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will sponsor a workshop, Confidence Advantage: Building Your Assertiveness Skills. Saying what you feel or think can be challenging. Lack of assertiveness interferes with relationships at work and home. It can also increase stress and negatively impact self-esteem. The workshop will help participants learn techniques to build assertiveness and reduce stress levels. This event will be held from 4:15–5:15 p.m. in the Redwood Room, 45 W. Gude Dr. in Rockville. RSVPs are required. For more information or to register, contact the EAP by phone at 240-314-1040 or by email.