New Year, New Life

December 24, 2012

If you're anything like most people who are struggling with your weight, than you already know the limitations of dieting alone.  With the start of the New Year, now may be the time to consider other strategies — like staying active and exercising. 

Dr. Kibwe A Weaver, a surgeon at Bronson Battle Creek specializing in bariatric, metabolic, and general surgery, will offer a special presentation about ‘New Year, New Life: It's never too late to improve your quality of life and health’ on Monday, January 14, at Burnham Brook Center.  

The program is part of Senior Health Partners’ ongoing ‘Aging Well’ series, which is free to the public.  A light luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by Dr. Weaver’s presentation at noon. Seating is limited.  For reservations call toll free 1-877- 462-2247.

Studies show that regular exercise substantially reduces the risks of obesity, maturity onset diabetes mellitus, hypertension, myocardial infarction (heart attack), some forms of stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoporosis, not only in middle age but also during the retirement years. There is also the known benefit that exercise can improve your mood and help you to better manage stress.

For the greatest overall health benefits, experts recommend that a person do 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic activity three or more times a week and some type of muscle strengthening activity and stretching at least twice a week. However, if you are unable to do this level of activity, you can gain substantial health benefits by accumulating 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity a day, at least five times a week.

If you have been inactive for a while, you may want to start with less strenuous activities such as walking or swimming at a comfortable pace. Beginning at a slow pace will allow you to become physically fit without straining your body. Once you are in better shape, you can gradually do more strenuous activity.

Sometimes losing weight through diet and exercise are not enough, especially if you are substantially overweight.  If you need to lose 100 pounds or more for example — or if you are ‘less’ overweight, but are experiencing weight-related health problems — bariatric surgery may be an important option.  For these patients, bariatric surgery can offer a significantly higher chance of success both for health improvement and for long-term weight maintenance.

Senior Health Partners is a community collaboration founded by Bronson Battle Creek and includes the Area Agency on Aging, CentraCare, and Summit Pointe all working together around the shared mission of improving the health and wellness of older adults and family caregivers.

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer. 

About the Presenter

Dr. Kibwe Weaver specializes in bariatric, metabolic and general surgery.  He performs the latest weight-loss surgeries, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric banding. 

Raised in a military family, he spent the majority of his years in Atlanta.  He received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, but returned to Atlanta to complete his surgical residency at Morehouse School of Medicine.  Most recently, he performed postgraduate work at Cleveland Clinic as a metabolic surgery research fellow before completing a minimally invasive-bariatric surgery fellowship.  

Dr. Weaver is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Medical Association. He was a ‘Top Gun’ laparoscopic suturing instructor, taught and assisted in the development of the Rosser Telemedicine Mentoring program that allows physicians to train and proctor doctors in rural practices, and ‘Top Gun for Kids Mentoring program,’ designed to interest youth in scientific careers. Dr. Weaver has a special interest in adolescent obesity and the consequent metabolic disorders.


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