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June News - Passport 55 presents Information About Surgical Weight Loss


NEWS RELEASE  -  May 30, 2017  -  Contact:  Betty S. Weemes ... 787.5117

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase.  Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks.  Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.  Dr. Aimee Henley will be leading a discussion on surgical weight loss options at Passport 55, Thursday, June 15, at 10:00 a.m., at Roby Adult Center.  She will be answering questions related to weight loss as time permits.


Photo:  Dr. Aimee Henley 

Dr. Henley is a graduate of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Tennessee with a research focus on weight loss and preventative care.  She is employed with Laughlin Medical Group General Surgery where she assists with bariatric patients under the surgical care of Dr. Mark Patterson.  She also assists with general surgery patients.

Attendees will receive educational, printed material to help understand bariatric surgery. 

Additionally, a featured book from the Health Information Library at Laughlin Memorial Hospital will be recognized as part of Passport 55.  The book, “Complete Weight Loss Surgery Guide & Diet Program” by Sue Ekserci.  There are four additional books on weight loss surgery available in the library.  These books, along with over 450 other health-related books, can be checked-out at the Health Information Library, located in Laughlin Center for Women’s Health.  In addition to books, there are videos, magazines, newsletters, and other educational material on health-related issues available at the Health Information Library.  Membership is free.

Passport 55 is a health-related, free program, open to the public as a community service.  It is presented each third Thursday of the month at Roby Adult Center, 203 College Street, by Laughlin Memorial Hospital.

For additional information, contact the Laughlin Health Care Foundation at 787.5117.