February 7, 2014

UAMS Weight Loss Clinic to Celebrate New Location Feb. 14

LITTLE ROCK – The UAMS Weight Loss Clinic will celebrate its move to new clinic space with an open house Feb. 14 featuring free blood pressure and BMI screenings, weight loss program food samples and door prizes.

The public is invited to the 10:30 a.m. celebration to tour the new clinic located on the ground floor of the Central Building, Room G600. They will also have the chance to talk with current and former patients about their experiences with the program.

Patients will now attend health classes, visit their physician and receive lab work all in one convenient location.

“The space offers an all-inclusive, one-stop shop exclusively for our patients,” said Betsy Day, program manager. “The new location provides easier patient access and service because we do not have to send them all over the campus for classes.”

Along with a better location, the clinic has an updated look with new furniture, wider chair and exam tables, and facilities that will better accommodate patients.

“We hope to expand the scope of our services and extend our hours of operation as well,” Day said.

Those interested in joining the 16-week weight loss program will attend a free orientation where they will receive details on the program. Patients do not need a physician referral to begin the program.

Participants must receive a screening evaluation that includes a review of their medical history, a physical check of their vital signs, a review of the program, and a discussion of their individual health and fitness needs.

The program offers patients classes on behavior modification and nutrition taught by registered dietitians and is medically supervised by Monica Agarwal, M.D., a fellowship-trained endocrinologist and the state’s first and only physician board certified to treat obesity.

After completing the program, the clinic offers a weight maintenance program where patients can receive one-on-one counseling for meal planning.

For more information, call the clinic at 501-296-1074.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,865 students and 785 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.