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Northeast Georgia Medical Center to Help the Community Live Lighter

Published on September 13, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — As the fall season quickly approaches, the mindset of “a new year, a new you” is already in the air.  Let Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s  (NGMC) Living Lighter program help you start off the cooler weather with a new, healthier lifestyle.  The next session of Living Lighter is set to begin Thursday, September 29, 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 offer the MedGem device for our participants who wish to learn more about their metabolism and calorie needs,” says Mindy Bell, RD/LD, a 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, program 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 weekly from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Blue Ridge Room at Lanier Park, beginning Thursday, September 29.  For more information, or to register, call 770-219-0597 or email
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