On Monday, August 10, an innovative program to deliver obesity services at DHS facilities garnered local news coverage on ABC Channel 7, Los Angeles News. Sponsored in part by a CTSI-LA County Department of Health Services grant, doctors at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital are trying a new program to help obese patients lose weight and keep it off forever. Groups of patients meet twice a month with doctors and other health professionals to exercise and learn how to eat in a healthy way.
Watch ABC Channel 7 Health Specialist Denise Dador's full report.
The overall objective of the study is to test the effect on body weight
of attending a group weight loss program that serve an underserved
population. The group setting is more likely to be successful than
traditional physician patient encounters as it incorporates two crucial
aspects of the patient?s health experience: the patient's own
effectiveness in managing medical problems together with his or her
health care team, and the patient's own community for support in
integrating medical recommendations into his or her daily life. View a slide presentation on the program here.