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Methodist Weight Management Institute Brings NBC's 'Biggest Loser' to Dallas and Mansfield

Thursday, January 8, 2009 General News J E 4
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DALLAS, Jan. 8 Bill Germanakos, the 4th-season winner in the popular reality TV series The Biggest Loser will be the special guest at two weight management workshops Saturday, January 24 at Methodist Dallas and Methodist Mansfield Medical Centers. The workshops, hosted by Methodist Weight Management Institute, are designed to inspire, motivate, and educate people who want to make a healthy change through medically-managed or and surgical weight loss.



(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090108/DA56532)



"I became half the man, so that I could be twice the man," says Germanakos, who lost 164 pounds. After having been re-educated about diet and exercise, his goal is to "pay it forward" by helping educate those who also struggle with obesity.



The first workshop will take place Saturday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Hitt Auditorium at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Following a private lunch with participants from the Methodist Weight Management Institute's Coaches Challenge (www.coacheschallenge.org), Germanakos will speak at a second public weight-loss workshop Saturday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. Participants at the events will also be eligible to win one year's tuition in Methodist's To Life! (TM) Program, a physician-led, multidisciplinary lifestyle change program that combines behavioral modification with nutrition and fitness, a $1,695 value.



Both events are free of charge with complimentary parking. Reservations are suggested. To register for this event, call 214-947-0004 or 866-500-1852. Or visit www.methodisthealthsystem.org/weightmgmt or more information.



Note to editor: Photo of Germanakos available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/biggestloser



About the Weight Management Institute

The Methodist Weight Management Institute is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. It is believed to be the only comprehensive program in the Metroplex to offer or arrange for the full gamut of behavioral, medical and surgical options for obesity. Services address the many facets of weight management and include: lifestyle change management, a supportive program that teaches methods for managing food consumption and making the proper choices for long-term weight management; psychological counseling to address the pivotal role that self-esteem and psychological health play in weight management; nutritional counseling for patients who need guidance in developing healthy diets and recipes; support groups for sharing like experiences; programmed rapid weight loss for dangerously overweight individuals needing to lose 20-50 pounds in advance of surgical procedures; and weight loss surgery for qualified patients. For more information about the Methodist Weight Management Institute, visit www.methodisthealthsystem.org/weightmgmt or call 214-947-0004.



About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) uses some of the latest medical technology and research to bring quality health care to individuals and families throughout North Texas. Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org.



Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.





SOURCE Methodist Health System
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