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For release: March 4, 2014

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Considering weight loss options?
Akron General offers free information sessions

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:

  • March 18, 6 p.m., Akron General Medical Center, 1 Akron General Ave. (formerly 400 Wabash Ave.), Board Room, Akron
  • April 15, 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. 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 Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Cleveland Clinic Akron General is a nonprofit healthcare organization that has been improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves since 1914. Akron General includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation, 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 Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. For more information about Akron General, visit

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