Heart & Vascular Institute offers Weight Management Program

July 14, 2005

More than 60 percent of Americans are overweight. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the academic medical center of central Pennsylvania, provides a resource to help individuals achieve control of their weight. A 12-week Weight Management Program, offered through Penn State Heart & Vascular Institute, begins Wednesday, Aug. 10, and meets weekly from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the I.O. Silver Cardiovascular Specialties Clinic, Hershey, Pa.

The program helps individuals identify factors of weight gain and develop strategies to lose weight. It examines how family predisposition, behavior patterns, dietary habits and lack of exercise contribute to weight gain.

Being overweight is a serious health hazard that increases a person's risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer. The Weight Management Program is of greatest benefit to those who need to lose fewer than 50 pounds. Led by experts in the fields of behavioral modification, nutrition and exercise, the program presenters include John Horn, Fran Hadley and Michael Zehner.

The program is offered to the public at a cost of $200. Registration is required and may be made by calling the medical center's 24-hour CareLine at (800) 243-1455.

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