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Sonora Adventist Health Classes and Support Groups

Three different groups and classes offered are weight loss, freedom from smoking and the better breathers:

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

Adventist Health Sonora is pleased to offer a monthly Weight Loss Surgery Support Group developed for individuals who have had bariatric surgery or who are considering the procedure. Friends and family are also invited to attend. The support group meets once per month to provide ongoing support, encouragement and education to succeed in lifestyle changes after surgery. Discussions and topics include diet, exercise and social support in a safe, fun and friendly environment. Guest speakers are invited to speak on a variety of topics.

The Weight Loss Surgery Support Group meets the third Wednesday every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Live Well Be Well Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Conference Room located at 19747 Greenley Road, across from Sonora Elementary School, in Sonora.

For more information and to reserve a seat, please call 209-536-5041.

Freedom From Smoking Class Begins in February

Are you ready to quit smoking? It helps to know that quitting is possible! There are now more ex-smokers than smokers in the United States – 52 million Americans have quit for good.

Adventist Health Sonora is offering the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® course beginning February 6. Classes will meet each Tuesday and one Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for seven weeks at Pulmonary Rehabilitation, located at 19747 Greenley Road in Sonora.

According to the American Lung Association, studies have shown that individuals who participate in Freedom From Smoking®  learn to address the physical, mental and social aspects of their addiction and are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who quit on their own.

The seven-week course costs $125 and is covered by most insurance plans. For those without insurance or whose insurance does not cover the class, scholarships and discounts are available.

For more information or to register for the course, please call 209-536-3726.


Better Breathers Support Group

January 11, 2018 (Sonora, CA) – Adventist Health Sonora is offering a support group for people with chronic lung disease including asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis.

The American Lung Association’s Better Breathers Club meets every other month at 12:30 p.m. at the Pulmonary Rehabilitation clinic located at 19747 Greenley Road in Sonora. Meeting on the second Wednesday, every other month, the remaining dates for 2018 are:

March 14
May 9
July 11
September 12
November 14

The Better Breathers support group is free of charge and offers patient-centered and community-based education and support for anyone living with chronic lung disease along with their family, friends and caregivers. Better Breathers Club aims to:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Provide disease-specific education
  • Help patients and families understand basic concepts and techniques for pulmonary self-care and coping skills
  • Educate patients and families on the care and treatments for chronic lung diseases

For more information about Better Breathers and other lung health resources and services, please call 209-536-3726.