Health Promotion

Marissa Wicker, BA, Director

Tobacco Cessation

The benefits of stopping smoking include:

  • Within 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
  • 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • 2-12 weeks, your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
  • 1-9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  • 1 year, your risk of coronary heart disease is about half that of a smoker’s.
  • 5 years, your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker.
  • 10 years, your risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker and your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decreases.
  • 15 years, the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker’s.

For more information or help to quit call our Clinic at 740-354-8919.

Other Resources:

Southern Ohio Medical Center
American Cancer Society
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American Lung Association


Maintaining a healthy weight through proper nutrition and physical fitness is an important measure of overall good health. Adhering to recommended fitness and nutrition guidelines throughout the life course can help reduce risk of obesity-related conditions like diabetes, stroke, heart disease and hypertension. In many cases, proper weight control techniques can also help with management of chronic disease symptoms which can keep conditions from worsening. Scioto County residents have a higher rate of heart disease than the state.

For nutritional counseling contact our Clinic at 740-354-8919

Other Resources:

Center for Disease Control

American Heart Association

Tips for Planning, Enjoying, and Sticking to a Healthy Diet

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