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Living Lighter in 2011

Published on May 24, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Does the thought of summer fill you with dread as you think about squeezing into shorts, bathing suits and sundresses?  Don’t let those extra pounds give you the summer blues!  Start a healthier lifestyle with the help of Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s (NGMC) Living Lighter program.  The next session of Living Lighter is set to begin Thursday, June 23, at NGMC’s Lanier Park Campus.

A non-surgical weight loss program of NGMC’s Bariatric Weight Loss Center, Living Lighter is a program that consists of eight weeks of classes led by a registered dietitian.  Classes will focus on improving overall wellness and quality of life through healthy eating, while also helping participants distinguish fact from fiction about common weight loss myths.  Through Living Lighter, participants will have the opportunity to learn and master new lifestyle and weight management skills that result in permanent change. 

“We are also excited to now offer the MedGem device for our participants who wish to learn more about their metabolism and calorie needs,” says Mindy Bell, registered dietitian with NGMC’s Bariatric Weight Loss Center.  “The MedGem is an indirect calorimeter that helps us customize nutrition plans for individuals, and has been used on popular weight loss shows like The Biggest Loser ™.”

After completion of the eight classes, participants have the opportunity to continue periodic weigh-ins for an additional six months to support long-term success. 

“This program has been very successful for our participants in the past, and we are pleased to be able to offer it again,” says Hannah Day, RN, CDE, bariatric and diabetes coordinator of NGMC’s Bariatric Weight Loss Center.  “Living Lighter allows us to offer a non-surgical weight loss option, in addition to the gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding surgical procedures we perform, with all of the same clinical expertise and support systems that have made our surgical programs so successful.”

The total cost of the program is $50.  Classes will be held each Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Blue Ridge Room at Lanier Park, beginning Thursday, June 23.  For more information, or to register, call 770-219-0597 or email
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