Quitting smoking is possible through HealthyOptions program

While Jana knew smoking was bad for her; and she knew she should stop, she was just going through the “quitting” motions until some of her friends were diagnosed with cancer and other friends suddenly died. When Jana enrolled in the tobacco cessation program, she was assigned to Jennifer, lead disease management nurse.

“Jennifer kept nudging me with encouragement and facts,” recalls Jana. “We came up with a different plan each time and I tried each one until one worked. I did have to admit that for a while the only time I craved a smoke is when we talked about it during our call. We talked either every two weeks or once a month, plus Jennifer let me know I could email her whenever I needed help. She is a great person to have a connection with.”

Jana completed one group tobacco cessation session and three rounds of calls with Jennifer before being able to quit. Jennifer was very reassuring during their conversations. In addition to tobacco cessation techniques, she coached Jana on adopting habits that could help her lower her blood sugar before it got out of control, drinking more water every day, and helping her increase her daily steps from 1,800 to 5,000.

Now that Jana’s stopped smoking, she feels great; and her wheezing and annoying cough are gone.

BCBSKS offers programs for asthma, diabetes, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, maternity, tobacco cessation, stress management and weight management. When you enroll in one of these programs, our registered nurses will provide one-on-one support, coaching and education to you as well! To enroll, call 800-520-3137 or visit bcbsks.com/Enroll.

These programs are available to members who have BCBSKS as the primary carrier.

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