Mercy Weight Management Changes Meeting Times and Location

Mercy Weight Management Changes Meeting Times and Location

Posted on: March 29, 2010


Canton, Ohio: Mercy Weight Management has changed the time and location of its information sessions. Open to anyone wanting to learn more about the OPTIFAST Weight Management Program, these FREE informational sessions will be offered every other Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. inside Mercy Medical Center’s Human Resources Department, 1320 Mercy Dr., NW, Canton. These sessions will help you learn more about the program and allow you to sample OPTIFAST products. Reserve your spot at the next meeting by calling 330-588-4854.
Developed in 1974 to treat obesity in a healthy and effective way, OPTIFAST is a weight-management program that combines lifestyle education and medical monitoring with a meal replacement plan. Under the medical direction of L. Bruce Hensley, D.O., participants will receive a baseline screening and medical evaluation, weekly weigh-ins and educational group meetings, membership to Mercy Health & Fitness Center, and a calorie-controlled meal replacement plan.

An estimated 30 percent of U.S. adults–over 60 million people–are considered obese. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 300,000 deaths each year are associated with obesity.

During the program, patients develop the skills needed to maintain long-term weight loss. Studies show that after two years 50 percent of patients maintained more than half their weight loss, and 75 percent maintained medically significant weight loss. For more information, visit

Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see


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