In support of the American Cancer Society’s efforts throughout the country on the Smokeout, REACH will offer support to the north Berkshire community as well. Jennifer Civello, tobacco treatment program coordinator at REACH for Community Health at North Adams Regional Hospital, will be in the main lobby at the North Adams Regional Hospital on Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon. She will offer information on getting through the day without smoking, provide gum and candies to assist, and offer information on supportive counseling options offered through REACH.
“Current data from the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program reports that 26% of adults in North Adams are smokers, compared to 16% statewide,” said Civello. “Clearly there is still a great need in the area to reduce smoking rates. However, the health risks, financial burden, and social stigma attached to smoking are often still not enough to help smokers kick the habit,” she added. “Difficult times are often perceived as the wrong times to try quitting; there is never an easy time, but it’s often helpful if you have a concrete date. The Great American Smokeout provides smokers with just that.”
NAMI-BC will be collecting clothing donations, filling holiday bags and looking for new ideas for items that would be appreciated by both patients and staff. We invite you to drop off new or used clothing in good condition; the larger sizes are most needed-- from coats and active wear, such as, sweatpants and sweatshirts, to undergarments. Other items that could be well used are magazine or newspaper subscriptions, movies, books, writing pads and small things that will fit into holiday gifts bags such as note paper, pens, socks, flip-flops, playing cards, games, hats, gloves, travel size shampoo and conditioner, soaps, nail polish, candy and pocket calendars.
If anyone is interested in volunteering to pack these gift bags or to transport everything to the hospitals, please call the NAMI-BC office at (413) 443-1666. As always, monetary donations are gratefully accepted and checks can be made out to NAMI-BC. This year, items can be dropped off at the NAMI-BC office during their regular hours which are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., State Building, 4th Floor, 133 East St., (across from Pittsfield High School), Pittsfield, MA 01201; or in Williamstown at the First Congregational Church, office of the secretary, Gail Burns, 906 Main Street; please use the entrance off Chapin Drive, during regular office hours which are Monday-Friday from 9:00-3:30, or Sunday during worship.
North Adams, MA - North Adams Regional Hospital's Medical Imaging Department will hold an open house on Wednesday, October 21, from 5 to 7 pm at the hospital's new digital mammography suite. Call Paul Hopkins at 413.664.5142 for information.
North Adams, MA - A benefit roast beef dinner for Tammy Moon, who has been stricken with breast cancer, will be held Saturday, September 26, from 4-8 pm at the North Adams American Legion. It will be catered by Dave Lewis. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children under twelve years of age. Tickets are available at the door or call 413-664.6617.
North Adams, MA - North Adams Regional Hospital will be conducting a drill on Tuesday, August 4 and is looking for community members who would like to participate and use some of their acting skills. The time commitment would be about 3 hours between 1-3 pm. For more information, please call Sharon Leary at 413.664.5404.