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Free Weight Loss Seminars

Obesity is a significant problem in South Carolina. With the 4th highest obesity rate in the nation, statistics show that one out of every three South Carolinians is obese. The New Year is the perfect time to think about losing weight and being healthy. To help, the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, will host a series of seminars in January to inform our community about weight loss surgery options.

The seminars will be on Thursday, January 8 and Saturday, January 10 at 9:00 a.m. and on Tuesday, January 20 at 6:00 p.m. inside Lexington Medical Park 2, Suite 430, on the Lexington Medical Center campus in West Columbia. There will also be a seminar in Florence on January 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. Attendees will learn about weight loss surgery including the risks and benefits. To register for the seminar, please call 866-560-4415.

scale and tapeThe South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center offers a comprehensive weight management program with all the resources to ensure successful weight loss. It is the longest standing American College of Surgeons Bariatric Center of Excellence in South Carolina. A dedicated team of highly skilled surgeons, nutritionists, nurses and other caregivers who understand obesity and weight loss surgery deliver care that addresses every aspect of obesity and its related health conditions in a caring and supportive environment.

While eating a balanced diet and exercising will help us lose weight, many people need some extra assistance. The South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center offers several minimally invasive surgical options for weight-loss patients. Each of the procedures involves creating a smaller stomach pouch for the patient. By doing so, the patient feels full after eating a smaller amount of food. Over time, they take in fewer calories and lose weight. With a comprehensive team of clinicians, the physician practice also teaches people how to eat properly – leading to a lighter, healthier future.

The South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. The first practice in the Midlands to offer bariatric surgery, its physicians have performed more than 5,200 surgical procedures. That’s more than any other program in South Carolina.

For more information on weight-loss options, visit SCObesity.com. You can learn more about weight-loss surgery, read a blog with health tips and calculate your BMI. And visit the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center on Facebook for nutrition tips and healthy recipes.

Cauliflower Rice

Lexington Medical Center has begun to host a new diabetes support and wellness group called “D2 & Me” for type 2 diabetes patients and their caregivers. The meetings, which are open to the public, help diabetics manage the disease by offering helpful information, including healthy recipes. Here’s one from the class. It’s perfect for your next family meal.

Cauliflower Rice in Two Simple Steps
1. Grate one head of cauliflower into a microwavable bowl.
2. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes and serve.

cauliflowerYou might find that people have no idea that this “rice” is actually cauliflower. You can serve it in place of normal rice, potatoes or pasta. 100g of cauliflower rice is only 24 calories. 100g of regular rice is 355 calories.

“D2 & Me” classes take place on the Lexington Medical Center hospital campus, at the hospital’s community medical center in Lexington, or off site for special events. Clinicians and experts who have special training in caring for people who have diabetes lead the classes and meetings. Our next classes are coming up!

December 9 & 16
Diabetic-Friendly Holidays

Laura Stepp, MA, RD/LD, CDE
December 9th class will be in the Lexington Medical Center hospital campus inside Lower Level Classroom 3 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
December 16th class will be at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center at 811 West Main Street in Lexington inside the first floor conference room from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Free and open to public