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Our Community Health Equity & Education Team wants to help you break the chain and start 2014 fresh by helping you quit using tobacco. Three new smoking cessation classes start soon. Classes provide support, education and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Requires participants to pay $10 each week for the first 10 weeks -- can be paid in full at beginning, or weekly. For information about upcoming classes, call (859) 288-2457.
The Cooper Clayton Method combines group discussions and nicotine replacement therapy to help persons stop smoking. The class series lasts 12 weeks for 1 hour each week. Participants will be required to pay $10 each week for the first 10 weeks for a total of $100. Participants can either pay the total amount at registration, or pay weekly. Nicotine replacement products (patches, lozenges, or gum) are included with this fee. If you want to participate in the Cooper-Clayton program, but are unable to pay the $10 each week, LFCHD may be able to work on a financial plan with you.
What is the Cooper-Clayton Method to Stop Smoking?
The Cooper–Clayton Method to Stop Smoking was developed by Thomas Cooper, D.D.S. and Richard Clayton, Ph.D., an expert on drug addiction at the Kentucky School of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. The Cooper–Clayton method uses common sense, putting together nicotine replacement therapy with a comprehensive smoking-cessation program that helps smokers change the behavior patterns that accompany smoking. The method has three phases:
Phase three (lasts four weeks): the focus is on relapse prevention. Participants are commended about their decision to become nonsmokers. Participants are shown how to cope and apply strategies to deal with stress, anger and depression in a life without nicotine. They are also encouraged to continue meeting with others in their support group since the dynamic they have created helps keep them motivated.
No smoking cessation program is 100 percent effective, but the Cooper–Clayton method is successful for as many as 45 percent of heavy smokers.
The health department can also bring a Cooper-Clayton class series to your organization: worksite, church, or club.
For more information on any of these services, as well as the dates and locations of our next Cooper Clayton class series, contact Angela Brumley-Shelton at (859) 288-2457 or email at Angela.Brumley-Shelton@ky.gov.
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Change in services: Effective May 20, 2014, we are able to provide childhood vaccinations (must live in Fayette County, be 18 years or younger and be uninsured or underinsured). Limited appointments are available daily Monday-Friday, and appointments can be made up to a week in advance by calling the Public Health Clinic at (859) 288-2483.
Our Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike is no longer able to see patients for the following programs: adult immunizations and or physicals, breast/cervical cancer and pregnancy testing. HealthFirst Bluegrass Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides pregnancy testing and immunizations. For information, please call (859) 288-2425 or visit www.healthfirstlex.com.