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Weight Loss

A Physician-Supervised Program that Helps People Lose Weight and Regain Control of Their Lives

Effective weight management through long-term changes in lifestyle behaviors can help improve diabetes, heart disease and other obesity-related conditions. Operation Transformation is a six-month program that combines Mediterranean-style eating and a progressive exercise program to meet your health goals.

Program components

  • Initial group session with Dr. AbouAssaly

  • Operation Transformation program binder

  • 4 one-on-one visits with Dr. AbouAssaly

  • 6-month discount to Health Fitness-Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center, West Burlington

  • 6 cooking classes

  • 6 educational presentations

  • 6 Operation Transformation Support Group meetings

  • Access to Facebook support group

  • Weekly coaching sessions with a clinical health and wellness coach

  • 24 weekly weigh ins (ongoing after the program at no cost)

  • 24 weekly newsletters with tips, recipes and health-related events (ongoing after the program at no cost)

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions including abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, impaired fasting glucose levels and high cholesterol or triglyceride levels. Weight loss and exercise can reduce your risk of metabolic syndrome.

Signs of metabolic syndrome include:

  • Blood pressure greater than 130/85

  • HDL cholesterol: men lower than 40 mg/dL; women lower than 50 mg/dL

  • High blood sugar of 110 mg/dL or greater after fasting

  • High triglycerides greater than 150 mg/dL

  • Waist circumference: men greater than 40 inches; women greater than 35 inches

Check with your primary-care provider to determine your risks for metabolic syndrome.

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