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Smoking Cessation Classes

Freedom From Smoking® - Quit Smoking For Life!

The Freedom From Smoking® program is based on the underlying premise that smoking is a learned habit, so quitting is unlearning this automatic behavior and replacing it with healthy alternatives.

  • Continuous enrollment!
  • Enhanced support to increase your success

We use techniques based on pharmacological and psychological principles and methods that will help you gain control over your behavior. Group interaction is another important process/tool to help you quit smoking.   A $30 per person fee covers the cost of the workbook, CD and other materials to ensure your success.

To register for the class, call BMC Academy at 515.282.2458

Personal Health & Wellness

Weight Watchers at Broadlawns Medical Center!

Meetings at work provide a motivating environment led by a leader who has lost weight with Weight Watchers and kept it off. Each weigh-in is confidential. Plus, you can subscribe to eTools, the Internet companion for meetings. Weight Watchers is an integrated approach emphasizing good eating choices, healthy habits, a supportive environment and exercise.  If you would like to join our class at Broadlawns, please call 515.282.2458 for the current Weight Watchers schedule.

The approximate cost is $190.

Community Support Groups

Better Breathers Club

The Broadlawns Better Breathers Club offers suggestions and techniques for you to better cope with chronic lung disease while in the company of others who share in your struggles. The support group will provide you with the tools you need to live an optimal life.

The Broadlawns Better Breathers Club features educational presentations on a wide range of relevant topics, including but not limited to:
• How COPD affects the lungs
• Breathing techniques
• Exercise
• Talking with your physician
• Medical tests
• Supplemental oxygen
• Home healthcare
• Lung transplants
• Air pollution
• Medications and other treatment options

This group meets the last Friday of the month, April through September, in the Nauraine Conference Room from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration is prefered but not required.

2016 Dates:
April 29       July 29
May 27       August 26
June 24      September 30

For information, please contact Melissa at 282-2268 or mgarza@broadlawns.org.


This group is open to persons with fibromyalgia, lupus or any type of chronic pain disorder, as well as their family and friends. This support group provides a wealth of knowledge, support, friendships and fun.  Please join us.  A light refreshment is served.

This group meets monthly on the 4th Thursday from January through November in the Medical Office Building Conference Room (LL) from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free membership.

For information, contact Mark at 515.282.5726 or mjacobs@broadlawns.org.

Anger Management Program

Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion.  But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems - problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life.  And it can make you feel as though you're at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.

If you feel that your anger is really out of control, if it is having an impact on your relationships and on important parts of you life, you might consider our training program to learn how to handle it better.

This is an on-going 8 week program facilitated by Melvin Bobo, LISW, Mental Health Services.  Please contact the BMC Academy at 282.2458 for current dates and times of the program.  The cost to participants for the 8-week program is $45 which covers the cost of materials.



La Leche League Mother-to-Mother Breastfeeding Support Meetings

La Leche League meetings provide a time for mother-to-mother support in a friendly, accepting atmosphere, and they include expectant, new, and experienced mothers.  Meetings are held bi-monthly and typically involve a group discussion about the selected topic followed by a time for questions related to breastfeeding and mothering issues. After the formal meeting is concluded, light refreshments are offered and mothers are given a chance to chat with other mothers in a warm and welcoming environment.  Babies are always welcome at our meetings and we also welcome toddlers and older siblings at our Saturday meetings.

We currently meet at Broadlawns on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM and the fourth Monday of every month at 7pm. We use the meeting space in the Naurine Room just inside the Sands Center entrance off of parking Lot A.

Attending La Leche League Meetings can help you learn about breastfeeding from other nursing mothers.  At these monthly meetings, mothers share not only their questions and concerns but also the benefits and joys of breastfeeding. Knowing other women who have breastfed their babies can be helpful and reassuring. It is also important to have accurate, up-to-date information.

For more information please contact one of our La Leche League Leaders:

Jen Haidar  - jenhaidar@gmail.com  515.306.4590
Caitlin Hainley - caitlinhainley@gmail.com 515.490.8047


Wise Mind is a mental health therapy group. It operates using an open, 12-week format.  The group will introduce participants to the concepts of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.  The group will explore these concepts towards achieving a wise mind, balancing our thinking and emotions.

Client Requirements:

  • Need to have a referral from a current Broadlawns Mental Health Provider
  • Need to be interested and able to participate in mental health group therapy
  • Are residents of Polk County
  • Have or can obtain transportation to and from Broadlawns
  • Need to have a funding source for mental health services

The following topics will be explored in group on a rotating basis:

  • Mindfulness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotion regulation
  • Interpersonal effectiveness


Clients new to group need to arrive at approximately 1:00 p.m. on their first day of group to complete the registration process.

Please contact group facilitator at 515.282.6926 if you have further questions about Wise Mind Group or your referral.



Diabetes Education

Broadlawns offers quarterly educational workshops on managing diabetes through exercise and nutrition. The workshops are offered at 10 am and at 2 am.  To find out about upcoming workshops and/or to register to attend, please call:  (515) 282-2273.


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