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Fitness 2004

UTSA offers quit-smoking, weight-loss classes

(Jan. 12, 2004)--UTSA Student Health Services, Campus Recreation and Counseling Services are sponsoring classes in January to help the UTSA community stop smoking and lose weight.

The "Weight No Longer" weight-loss program begins six weekly meetings from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20 at Student Health Services. The classes are free and open to the UTSA community.

The "Freedom from Smoking" five-session, smoking-cessation program begins Jan. 21. Open to the entire UTSA community, the cost of the program is $10.50 with payment due at the first class.

Information sessions on both programs are 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14 and noon-1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15 at Student Health Services in Recreation and Wellness Center Room 1.502 on the UTSA 1604 Campus.

"Stopping smoking represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives" said Kathy Ceresoli, health education coordinator. "There are great benefits to smoking cessation and weight loss."

The five-session, smoking cessation program include discussion of preparation to quit, techniques for quitting, nicotine replacement therapy, coping skills, stress management, benefits of quitting, nutrition and weight management, preventing relapse and celebrating being smoke-free.

The six-session, weight-loss program provides information on sensible skills to lose weight safely with topics including nutrition, portion control, eating out, exercise and movement, calorie balance, self-empowerment and stress management. Each session there will be guest speakers and participants will make weekly food and exercise diaries and do weigh-ins. Open to UTSA students and staff, there is no charge for the sessions.

To register for the classes or for more information, call Kathy Ceresoli at 210-458-4142.

--Tim Brownlee

University Communications
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