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BARIATRIC CENTER PLANS
WEIGHT LOSS HEALTH FAIR
NMMC's Bariatric Clinic will host a Weight Loss Health Fair from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday,
June 1, at 408 Council Circle, Tupelo, for anyone who is losing weight or wants to.
In addition to free screenings, mini-makeovers and more, participants can visit with
medical and fitness specialists. A free clothing swap will be ideal for those who are
changing sizes. For more information, call 662-377-SLIM (7546) or 1-866-908-9465.
Clint & Anna Beth
Lost 135 & 90 pounds
Clint and Anna Beth Hanson both had
a family history of health issues and
knew that obesity would put them
at greater risk. Both say their weight
limited what they could do or even
wanted to do.
"I felt self-conscious of my weight,
which held back my personality. I
wanted to be active, but being overweight prevented it to a certain extent,"
says Anna Beth. "I couldn't run or walk
long distances for fitness because of
knee pain, and I felt sluggish all of the
time. I also was very cautious when
doing anything for the fear of 'being
too big,' such as riding roller coasters
and other things people my age did
"After losing around 100 pounds, I
was given the OK to try and conceive.
We got pregnant in the first month of
trying," says Anna Beth. "I have had
absolutely no health issues or concerns. I like to believe that is because
I was much healthier than I would
have been had I not chosen to have
weight loss surgery."
Anna Beth now runs three to four
miles a day, free from knee pain. She
ran three 5K races last year and twice
placed in her age group. "I now have
the confidence that goes with my
personality. I do not worry if anyone
stares at me, because I feel like I
finally blend in and don't stick out
because of my weight," she says. "I
love meal planning and trying different types of workouts, especially
ones that I would have never had the
confidence to try before surgery."
Clint says he sleeps better, has more
energy and feels like a new person.
"Most of all, I am so thankful that
when my son is born, I will be able to
be there for him as a healthy parent,"
he says. "I will be able to play with him
and do all of the things a dad is supposed to do with their kids and not be
limited because of my weight."
What she tells others: "Do it and
don't think twice about it!"
What he tells others: "It was
one of the best decisions I have ever
made. I have had the chance to start
over and live my life the way I have
always wanted. I would do it again in
Lost 175 pounds
John Ferrell suffered
from high blood pressure and sleep apnea,
and was dangerously
close to diabetes.
His back and knees
"My health has
improved dramatically since surgery," says Ferrell, 31,
who teaches special education in
Prentiss County School District and
is also a sound engineer. "I'm sleeping better at night, which makes my
days better because I'm not tired
and sleepy all day. All the physical
activities I used to struggle with, I
don't even think twice about now."
What he tells others: "It's not
for the faint of heart. It took a year
and a half from my first appointment until my surgery because I
had to get cleared by my pulmonologist and other doctors first. It's
probably one of the hardest things
I've ever done in my life, but it was
worth every bit of it." n
Lean on Me
The Weight Loss Support
Group meets at 6 p.m. the first
Thursday of each month in
the NMMC Wellness Center,
1030 S. Madison St., Tupelo.
For a schedule of topics and
speakers, visit www.nmhs.
SUMME R 2017