Published on November 11, 2016

Parkview Medical Center takes aim at obesity

Parkview Medical Center wants to help educate the community on ways to reduce obesity and risk factors associated with diabetes.

Parkview’s Spirit of Women organization hosted “Overcoming Obesity,” an educational seminar for men and women in the community interested in getting answers and tips on how to proactively manage diet and protect against diabetes and the dangerous complications that result from the disease.
The free event was held Nov. 9, at REPS Union Avenue Sports Gym, 110 S. Union Ave.

“Obesity is caused primarily by what we eat and lack of physical activity,” said Rhonda Lewis, director of diabetes care at Parkview Medical Center. “That means that obesity is largely preventable and people can do a lot to reduce their risk of developing diabetes.”

Lewis spoke at the event.

In addition to providing tips to fight obesity, including diet and lifestyle changes, the forum also provides a fun and friendly environment for people to get their questions answered.

Other highlights of the event included screenings, a presentation about overcoming your gym fears and prizes to finish the night.

Type 2 diabetes can lead to blindness, limb amputation, kidney and heart disease. Obesity is a good predictor of developing type 2 diabetes.

In the U.S., approximately 35 percent of American adults are obese.

According to statistics from the Pueblo City-County Health Department, 29.6 percent of adults in Pueblo are obese. Broken down by gender, 30.1 percent of men are obese while 29.1 percent of women fall into that category.

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.