Take off the weight, keep off the weight

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Team effort: The highly skilled team at Healthy 4 Life has extensive experience with medical and surgical weight-loss procedures. The team includes: Holly Raimondi (from left), Omar Shamsi, Kathryn Lipari, Deb Pillarella, Laurie Edwards, Michele Stanley, Anna Farmer, Lisa Almaraz, Lorri Field, Jose Madrigal, Paul Stanish and Hung Dang. | Supplied photo

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Attend one of our free seminars, “Weight Loss Surgery – Is it Right for Me?” to learn more about the variety of individualized options for those seeking to lose weight. Classes are held monthly at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, Community Hospital in Munster and at the Community Hospital Outpatient Centre in St. John. Call toll-free 1-866-836-3477 or visit our website at www.Healthy4LifeCenter.org.


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Deciding to embark on a successful weight loss journey is a life-changing decision. Critical to each patient’s success is the support and guidance of an experienced weight-loss team.

Healthy 4 Life’s individualized care program of medical weight loss, bariatric surgery, lifetime wellness, fitness, dietary and psychosocial counseling help to ensure that patients stay healthy, lose weight and keep it off.

“At Healthy 4 Life, our patients are treated like a member of the family,” says Lorri Field, R.N., director of bariatric services at St. Mary Medical Center. “Everyone on our staff is passionate about helping patients improve their health and empowering them to adopt a healthier lifestyle.”

Now available at Community Hospital in Munster as well as St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, the Healthy 4 Life Center offers convenient access to comprehensive services necessary for long-term weight-loss success.

Healthy 4 Life’s two board-certified bariatric surgeons and internal medicine physician, fellowship-trained in obesity medicine and nutrition support, work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals. Together, they have combined experience of helping nearly 2,000 patients through a variety of surgical and non-surgical weight-loss programs.

The process

The highly skilled team at Healthy 4 Life has extensive experience with medical and surgical weight-loss procedures. As part of their initial consultation, patients will explore in detail the procedures and program that will work best for them. All patients are required to attend classes to learn how to manage their diet to prevent difficulties and to achieve long-term success.

Healthy 4 Life offers medical weight-loss options with ongoing medical and personal support. The program is led by the expertise and experience of Omar Shamsi, MD, internal medicine and medical weight-loss specialist. Shamsi is one of only a few hundred physicians nationwide to complete a fellowship in obesity medicine and nutritional support through the American Board of Physicians Nutrition Specialists.

Medical weight loss

Each medical weight-loss option involves varying levels of calorie control and supplementation based on the needs of the patient. Patients are offered a complete series of educational sessions to learn more about nutrition, portion control, exercise, shopping, cooking, behavior adaptation and more. Ongoing clinic visits and follow-up are a part of each plan and patient education helps ensure successful weight loss and lifelong weight management are achieved.

Surgical weight loss

Healthy 4 Life is headed by board certified surgeons Paul Stanish, M.D., FACS and Hung Dang, D.O., who have more combined years of bariatric experience than any other program in the area. The program offers a full range of weight-loss surgery options including lap band, laparoscopic gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy. All patients are required to undergo medical management with Dr. Shamsi and attend educational classes prior to surgery.

Provided by Community Healthcare System