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FEBRUARY 16, 2011 THE PRESS . PAGE 5 VOICES CONTINHED FROM PAGE I Jody Clemens, the panel's guide, said"We as people don't like to see the innocent suffer or the guilty go free. In our minds, our innocent babies suffered, and we were guilty." They all vowed tO keep their abortions secret and to "never, ever speak of this to anyone." This is why the general pub- lic never hears the true stories of abortion, but last Wednesday, hundreds listened, and were af- fected It seemed there was not a sin- gle dry eye among the crowd listening that night. The panel cried, the listeners cried, and we all grieved with them. Eventually, all six women found their way back to their faith and to forgiveness, and through their involvement with the 40 Days for Life campaign, the women found each other. These women who vowed to "never, ever speak of this to anyone" have spoken to 30 communities in North Dakota and Minnesota over the last year and a half. The panel ended their discus- sion with the "most important message, one of love, hope, and healing" and led the crowd in singing Amazing Grace. After a closing prayer, eve.ry- one was invited to enjoy refreshments in the fellowship hall. Copies were available of the book Unplanned written b.y former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson. 40 Days for Life is a commu- nity-based campaign that draws attention to abortion through the use of a three-point program that includes prayer and fasting, constant vigil, and community outreach. On their website, the group states "Our desire is to share the truth in love in hopes that those who hear will be better equipped to reach out to others who are struggling with a cur- rent choice or a past decision concerning the issue of life. We don't want to condemn anyone, criminalize anyone, or even de- bate anyone. We merely want to share our stories and personal encounters with loss and re- demption." There have been seven coor- dinated 40 Days for Life campaigns since 2007 in more than 337 cities across all 50 of the United States plus six Canadian provinces, three Australian states, and commu- nities in Northern Ireland and Denmark. The next campaign is March 9 to April 17. "Everyone can get involved in one way or another, even if only through prayer," said Samson. For more information about abortion or 40 Days for Life, visit their website www.40daysforlifend.com or contact The Pregnancy Help Center at 284-6601. Walsh County Health District Offers a New Program "Baby and Me - Tobacco Free" GRAFTON, N.D. -- Under the new Baby & Me Program, pregnant women who use tobacco, agree to get help with quitting and stay off tobacco after the birth of their children can be rewarded with free dia- pers, according to Sharon Laxdal with the Walsh County Health District. The Walsh County Health District is one of six local public health units in North Dakota that are par- ticipating in the Baby & Me Program, which is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Health's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. The Walsh Cotmty Health District is very pleased to announce this new program for expectant mothers in Walsh County. The goal of the program is to help pregnant moms quit using tobacco and help them stay off tobacco after the birth of their children. Tobacco use can cause things such as premature birth, low birth weight, still birth and sudden infant death syndrome. It's so important for morns to protect their babies from the harms of tobacco. After the birth of their child, it is importance to stay tobacco-free to protect children from the dangers of secondhand and thirdhand smoke. Moms will participate in at least four tobacco ces- sation classes during her pregnancy. Then after the birth of her child the mother agrees to takea monthly breath or saliva test to prove they are still tobacco- free Each mom who remains tobacco-free after the birth of her baby will receive a monthly voucher for free diapers for a year ($25.00 value). Participants will learn things like successful strategies for quitting, how to identify tobacco-use triggers, how to reduce stress and how to stay quit With help from this program, moms can make the commitment to quit tobacco and can succeed at providing a healthy future for them- selves and their babies Pregnant women who are interested in signing up for the program should contact the Walsh County Health District at 701-352-5139. All health care providers are encouraged to refer expectant mothers to this program also. A00re you sluressed out? FCHC to host classes on stress PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Winter weather, short days, work, fami.ly, money, or relationships got you stressed? Don't let stress and frus- tration drain your energy and rin your day. Take control of your stress and do something about it. Come and check out the Stress Management and Wellness classes at First Care Health Center in Park River, ND! This series Of classes will pro- vide useful information on stress and teach effective skills that will help you manage the stress in your life. The classes are free and will be presented by Tom Roskos, MA, psychology intern at. First Care Health Center. The Stress Management and Wellness classes are provided through the WOW2 (Wellness Outreach Without Walls) Network grant. There will be a serie's of six classes on Stress Management and Wellness beginning March 7. Each class will focus on an aspect of stress management and will in- volve an informational and skills building component. Some of the topics/activities will include: Recognizing/understanding stress ' Rural/Farm stress issues Coping skills/strategies Relaxation techniques Effective communica- tion/conflict resolution Stress and eating And more The schedule for classes will be 7 to 8 p.m. on March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4, and April 18. Classes will be held in the North Conference room at First Care Health Center. Space is limited and pre-regis- tration is required. To pre-register or for more information call Ruth Jelinek at 701-284-4589 or email at hcc@polarcomm.com. Spit-tobacco users urged To quit, offered free help WALSH COUNTY, N.D. -- Emphasizing the fact that spit tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking; the Walsh County Health District is encouraging spit- tobacco users to get help with quitting during Through With Chew Week, February 20-26, 2011. With many public places across the world becom- ing smoke-free, the tobacco industry has started presenting the idea that spit tobacco is a good substi- tute for smoking. The fact is, though, that spit-tobacco will not help you quit smoking and is not a safe alter- native. Spit-tobacco use increases the risk of oral cancers - which include cancer of the lip, tongue, cheeks, gums and the floor and roof of the mouth - and can cause other cancers, heart disease and strokes, high blood pressure, tooth decay and gum disease. Spit-tobacco users are urged ta watch for signs of disease and cancer. If they have a sore in the mouth that does not heal within two weeks, feel any bumps or soreness or see any discoloration, they need to con- tact their health-care provider. These could be early warning signs of cancer. Instead of waiting to see signs of illness, spit to- bacco users should ask for help with quitting. The North Dakota Tobacco Quitline is available to help spit-tobacco users in their efforts to quit and will de- sign a program specifically for them The Quitline also offers free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges for those who qualify. These nicotine replacement aids can be a great help during the quitting process. The Quitline phone number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW. In ad- dition, tobacco users may contact their Walsh County Health District at 701-352-5139 for assistance as well as refunds for qualifying products used to help with the quitting process. During Through With Chew Week, Walsh County dental offices are offering free oral exams to spit to- bacco users Please call for an appointment to schedule your free exam. Free Oral Cancer Screenings at: Duerre Dentistry, Grafton at 352-2450 Kern Family Dentistry, Graflon at 352-2013 Drs Larson/Beneda, Park River Dental Clinic at 284-6131 Dr. Ekman, Lifetime Dental, Park River at 284- 7777 Daby Dentistry, Grafton at 352-0730 WHAT'S YOUR NEXT MOVE? Choosing one of North Dakota's five community colleges is a good move. In just two years, you can get a degree and move right into a great career. You'll save money and be ready to make more money in today's hottest jobs. Or, after two years at a community college, you can transfer on for your bachelor's degree. Our programs prepare you to successfully transfer to four-year universities in North Dakota or wherever you choose. Find out more at NDcommunitycolleges.info.  BISMARCK North Dakota COMMUNITY COLLEGES Now you're getting somewhere! IM THROIJGH W!THCHI':W Mrl:00EK FIHIRUARY-20-26, 2011 .., .... Free Oral Cancer Screeninas at: .... v Daby Dentistry, Grafton at 352-0730 Duerre Dentistry, Grafton at 352-2450 Dr. Ekman, Lifetime Dental, Parkaiver at 284-7777 Kern Family Dentistry, Grafton at 352-2013 Dr. Larson 8, Dr. Beneda, Park River Dental Clinic at 284-6131 Call to schedule your free screening! USE OF SPIT TOBACCO CAN LEAD TO CANCER, GUM DISEASE AND TOOTH DECAY. CALL THE ND QUITLINE at 1-800-784-8669 WALSH COUNTY HEALTH at 701-352-5139 il Your source for Happy Happenings. Walsh County Press 2s4-6333