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For release: March 4, 2014

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014, amy.kilgore@akrongeneral.org
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681, kelly.wardsmith@akrongeneral.org

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 akrongeneral.org/obesity.


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 serves as the hub for Cleveland Clinic’s Southern Region and includes a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center in downtown Akron; Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group; three Health & Wellness Centers; Lodi Hospital; Visiting Nurse Service; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the ninth best hospital in Ohio. For more information, visit akrongeneral.org.

About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 49,000 employees are more than 3,400 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2015, there were 6.6 million outpatient visits, 164,700 hospital admissions and 208,807 surgical cases throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 180 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.



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