The Healthy Living: NOW (Nutrition &Optimum Weight) program at St. Catherine of Siena was established to provide a comprehensive weight loss approach, offering the essential elements for individuals seeking long term successful weight loss and healthy weight.
An unhealthy weight can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma, certain types of cancer, as well as social discrimination.
67% of American adults are overweight or obese, a number that is steadily rising – and rapidly affecting the younger population. In the fast-paced, multitasking 21st century world, maintaining proper nutrition can be very difficult. Even for those who do eat well and exercise, plenty of other factors - stress, genetics, etc. - can keep the pounds from coming off. At its most severe, obesity becomes a chronic condition, which is difficult to treat through diet and exercise alone.
Bariatrics is the area of medicine that deals with prevention and treatment of obesity. Severe obesity is a chronic condition. For some, it is more than battling just a few extra pounds; it could be a matter of life or death. Obesity not only increases mortality rate but also escalates the risk of other major health problems and diseases.
St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Healthy Living: NOW (Nutrition & Optimum Weight) program is designed to help those who are at an unhealthy weight (BMI at or above 25).
Healthy Living Lifestyle is a treatment option for anyone who has a BMI at or above 25.
Healthy Living Medical may be a treatment option for someone who has a BMI of 25 or above and can include Healthy Living Lifestyle treatment options as well.
Healthy Living Surgical may be a treatment option for someone who has a BMI of 30 or above and can include Healthy Living Medical and Healthy Living Lifestyle treatment options as well.
Anyone considering surgery should be well informed of the risks involved. Patients must also participate in therapy and follow-up after surgery. They must demonstrate that they clearly understand how their lives can change following surgery.
Potential weight-loss candidates are determined to safeguard their future and eradicate their struggle with this lifelong, life-threatening weight problem. However, successful results depend on knowledge, personal motivation and behaviour
St. Catherine’s supportive staff of health care professionals, (including a board certified bariatric registered nurse program coordinator, board certified bariatric surgeons, registered nutritionists, registered nurses), and our community partners are dedicated to providing patients with the help needed to reach their healthy weight goals. The Medical Center offers ongoing education and support for those who are at an unhealthy weight.
Please contact us for questions, support group and education schedule, or to discuss treatment options.