Great River Health System Living Clinic

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Great River Health System Living Clinic is a physician-supervised clinic that helps people lose weight and regain control of their lives. Effective weight management through long-term changes in lifestyle behaviors can help improve diabetes, heart disease and other obesity-related conditions.

Operation Transformation

Operation Transformation is a six-month program that addresses metabolic syndrome. It combines Mediterranean-style eating and a progressive exercise program to meet your health goals. The diet incorporates lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, dairy and whole grains to promote long-term weight loss. The initial appointment with Healthy Living Clinic Director Michael AbouAssaly, MD, begins with a one-hour group session explaining the components of the program. After the session, Dr. AbouAssaly meets with patients individually for a medical assessment that includes a brief physical, blood work (if needed) and bicep, chest, hip, thigh and waist measurements.

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions including abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, impaired fasting glucose levels and high cholesterol or triglyceride levels.

Signs of metabolic syndrome include:

  • Blood pressure greater than 130/85
  • HDL cholesterol: men lower than 40 mg/dL; women lower than 50 mg/dL
  • High blood sugar of 110 mg/dL or greater after fasting
  • High triglycerides greater than 150 mg/dL
  • Waist circumference: men greater than 40 inches; women greater than 35 inches

Check with your primary-care provider to determine your risks for metabolic syndrome and get a referral to Operation Transformation.

Program components

  • Initial group appointment and three follow-up appointments at one, three and six months
  • Progressive exercise plan
  • Nutrition guidance
  • Bi-weekly educational sessions and cooking demonstrations
  • Weekly weigh-ins
  • Pre- and post-program body composition and circumference measurements

Most insurance programs are accepted. Check with your provider to determine your level of coverage.

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