Have a Heart: Lose Weight, Gain Better Health

With three great medically integrated weight-loss options to choose from at Saint Francis Medical Center, what have you got to lose? From exercise at Fitness Plus, to medically monitored diets with The Healthy Weigh, all the way to bariatric surgery with Weight Loss Solutions, any or all of these programs will improve your overall health – and your heart health, too.

Nguyen_Duc_MG_0062“Heart disease is a national epidemic due to unhealthy diets and lifestyles,” says Duc T. Nguyen, DO, interventional cardiologist at Saint Francis. “We are seeing cardiovascular issues with young patients more than ever; things we used to see mainly with older people. The fundamental thing I look at in patients is can they exercise and work on losing weight, because that affects everything we do. It is one of the best things we can ask them to do.”

Fitness Plus is the only medically integrated fitness facility in Missouri, offering three weight-loss programs: Exercise is Medicine, which combines structured resistance and balance training, as well as nutrition and health-risk reduction education, and access to Fitness Plus facilities on class days; Fit Kids, a diet and exercise program aimed at fighting childhood obesity; and Move It and Lose It, a wellness program that helps patients lose weight and create healthy lifestyle habits.

The Healthy Weigh incorporates diet solutions provided by Health Management Resources (HMR®), a weight-loss management company that specializes in lifestyle education, personalized attention and follow-up. The program offers a comprehensive approach to weight loss that includes intensive lifestyle education and the option of medical supervision for those with weight-related medical conditions. Weight Loss Solutions, led by Ryan A. LeGrand, MD, bariatric and general surgeon, offers a comprehensive program featuring multi-factorial support, along with two weight-loss surgery options: roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.

With any of these programs, what you lose in unhealthy pounds and pants sizes, you’ll gain in years of life – and heartbeats.

For more information, visit www.WhatDoYouHaveToLose.org
or call 573-331-3996 or 855-4MY-SFMC.

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