SYOSSET, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced the opening of its Center for Weight Management, which will offer a multidisciplinary approach to helping people who are overweight and obese optimize their lifestyle, health and well-being while attaining their weight loss goals.
The Center for Weight Management, on the campus of Syosset Hospital , is an insurance-based program for people who are interested in losing anywhere from 10 to 100 pounds or more and are not candidates for, or requesting to have, bariatric surgery. Additionally, the Center for Weight Management will complement the pre-operative bariatric surgery patients who are committed to a six-month supervised program to maximize their surgical outcomes.
The program features treatments and services from Christine Santori, RD, a registered dietitian; Willo Wisotsky, PhD, a health psychologist; and Maria Pena, MD, an endocrinologist. Treatments at the facility will be individualized and focus on areas such as behavioral and motivational strategies; exercise consultation; food selection and preparation; stress management; and a medical profile. There will also be ongoing educational and support opportunities for patients in both group and individualized settings.
There is no one-size-fits-all way to lose weight. At the Center for Weight Management, the medical and support staff will design a personalized program that meets all personal, health and wellness goals through the creation and utilization of multiple support tools. Approximately 150 million people in the U.S. are overweight according to the American Heart Association. When people are overweight for a while, their chances of getting diseases such as asthma and diabetes increase. Therefore the importance of proactive and humanistic healthcare is imperative to treat overweight and obese individuals.
“With the American Medical Association recently classifying obesity as a disease and bringing to light how severe this affliction and its effects are, we hope people will use our center as a resource to help them battle this disease psychologically, behaviorally, nutritionally and medically,” Ms. Santori said.
Mario Nozzolillo, administrative director of the Center for Weight Management, said, “As part of North Shore-LIJ’s commitment to the communities it serves, we are doing what we can to find practical solutions to address the obesity epidemic and provide people with resources that can help them lose weight. Weight loss can be a discouraging and difficult process but we provide many tools and resources to encourage and empower people to lose weight.”
For more information about the Center for Weight Management, call 516-496-2662.