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For release: January 9, 2014

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Considering weight loss options this New Year?
Akron General offers free sessions regarding available options

Obesity is more than a weight issue – it’s a health issue with long-term effects, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 35 percent of Americans are obese and that percentage is projected to grow over the next few years.

A wide range of factors can contribute to obesity, including medical conditions, lifestyle habits and environmental influences. Similarly, treatment should involve a multi-dimensional approach that addresses each patient’s individual circumstances, which could include weight-loss surgery. If you or someone you love is considering weight-loss options, make plans to attend a free information session hosted by Akron General’s Bariatric Center:
  • January 21, 6 p.m., Akron General Medical Center, 1 Akron General Ave. (formerly 400 Wabash Ave.), Board Room, Akron
  • February 18, 6 p.m., Akron General Medical Center, 1 Akron General Ave. (formerly 400 Wabash Ave.), Board Room, Akron
Led by surgeon and Bariatric Center Medical Director Walter Chlysta, MD, FACS, each session will give an overview of the different types of weight-loss surgeries offered, who may qualify and the support provided by Akron General’s Bariatric Center before and after surgery. In addition, attendees will hear about the patient journey first-hand from post-operative patients, and an insurance coordinator will be on hand to answer any questions regarding coverage, eligibility and average cost. There is no cost to attend, but registration is appreciated and can be completed by calling 330-344-2462 or by registering online at

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization that has been improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves since 1914. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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