Free workshop planned in Lewis

The Wellness Council of West Virginia, Stonewall Resort, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to provide a free tobacco-cessation class for employees of businesses in Lewis County.

The class is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. May 1 at Stonewall Resort, organizers announced.

This special three-hour “Quit Workshop” will cover tobacco issues such as why people want to quit, identifying triggers of tobacco use and emphasizing the benefits of quitting tobacco. The class also will inform attendees about pharmaceutical aides to replace tobacco and supportive techniques to kicking the habit.

Attendees will leave the workshop with an individualized quit plan, and additional services and assistance may be obtained through the West Virginia Quitline or a Quitting to Win support group.

“The chamber is committed to providing opportunities to Lewis County businesses to help them succeed both financially and as a thriving part of our community,” said Sherry Lambert, executive director of the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce.

The program is funded through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Tobacco Prevention to the Wellness Council of West Virginia.

Mike Hager, general manager at Stonewall Resort, said, “Stonewall Resort is excited to participate in this opportunity for the work force of Lewis County. As a large employer in the region, we see this as a great resource for our team and our community.”

Julia Spelsberg, mayor of the city of Weston and marketing director at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, said the workshop can help a lot of people.

“We know all too well the difficulties of quitting tobacco. Some professionals say that it is as addictive as heroin,” Spelsberg said. “Any resource that can help people quit is important for the community. Though it might take some time to participate in the program, a lifetime of being tobacco-free is invaluable.”

This course will be taught by a certified tobacco treatment specialist. Participants must register by April 30 by calling Linda Holmstrand at 304-242-5548.

Additional information is available by calling Samantha Norris at 304-269-7400.