Do you want to quit tobacco but you’re concerned about weight gain? The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program’s new expanded resources can help.
Participants who enroll in the Florida Quitline phone counseling may access the Weight Management Program, designed to help tobacco users quit while limiting possible weight gain associated with quitting.
Those enrolled will receive up to three tobacco cessation calls in addition to up to three weight management coaching calls. Participants with type 2 diabetes will receive up to three calls with registered dietitians trained in the weight loss needs of individuals with type 2 diabetes.
The Weight Management Program is available to Florida Quitline participants, age 18 and older, who speak English, currently use tobacco, and have a body mass index (BMI) of 23 or higher. Participants cannot be pregnant, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, or have had weight loss surgery in the past 12 months.
Florida residents who want to quit tobacco and qualify for the Weight Management Program by calling 1-877-U-CAN-NOW. The program is free and gives participants access to a trained Quit Coach who will provide support by:
Preparing participants for their quit date
Helping develop an individualized Quit Plan, including a plan for weight management
Offering advice and information on medications that may help with withdrawal symptoms