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Northeast Georgia Medical Center Kicks Off New Session of Weight Loss and Healthy Eating Program

Published on January 11, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – It’s time to put your well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions into practice, and if one of your goals for the new year is to begin a healthier lifestyle, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) can help with its Living Lighter program.  The next session of Living Lighter is set to begin Thursday, February 2, at NGMC’s Lanier Park facility.

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 also offer the MedGem device, an indirect calorimeter, for participants who wish to obtain a more in-depth look at their metabolism and calorie needs,” says Leslie C. Davis, MS, RD, LD, CDE, a registered dietitian with NGMC’s Bariatric Weight Loss Center.  “The MedGem, which has been featured on popular weight loss shows such as The Biggest Loser™, can be used to help customize nutrition plans specific to each patient.”

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. 

“Living Lighter has been a very successful non-surgical weight loss option for our participants in the past,” says Rita Shingleton, NGMC’s bariatric program manager.  “We are pleased to offer this program, 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; MedGem® testing is an additional $20.  Classes will be held weekly from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Blue Ridge Room at Lanier Park, beginning Thursday, February 2.  For more information, or to register, call 770-219-0597 or email
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