Delta County Memorial Hospital's cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation department kicked off a six-week tobacco cessation program during September. The program was designed to help individuals recognize triggers and to work on ways to get through each situation. Many of the participants were able to set a quit date and successfully quit throughout the remainder of the class.
The 11 participants in the tobacco cessation class dedicated an hour every Monday evening for six weeks to overcome their tobacco addiction. Participants worked on envisioning a life without tobacco, behavioral changes and most importantly provided each other with needed support and encouragement. During the six-week program, 67 percent of participants either quit or reduced their tobacco use.
"The fellowship is super important; the human element is necessary. I already took steps to quit and I am hopeful I will succeed. This class was so helpful," stated a graduate of the program.
Delta County Memorial Hospital plans to host another six-week tobacco cessation program beginning Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. in classroom A in the main hospital building. Please call Shelly at 970-874-2420 to register and/or for more information.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.