Spring Hill, Florida (October 7, 2014) – Access Health Care Physicians, LLC announces that it has developed an Obesity Outreach and Prevention Service (OOPS!) Program to reach out to those who physically demonstrate the need or desire to lose weight in order to improve their health and physical well being. The program is an idea conceived by Access founder and CEO Pariksith Singh, MD as a way to reach out to his patients and assist them in preventing chronic conditions caused by obesity. The service provides an individualized program that is approved by the patient’s primary care provider and provides guidance, support, encouragement and tools that the patient will need for success.
The program includes many components and takes into account the fact that there is no one approach that works for everyone. It does not make guarantees or promises. It requires that the patient become engaged with their own needs in both the nutritional and activity components of their own health care.
Counselors investigate the patient’s likes and dislikes, physical limitations, allergies, ability to get food, barriers to care or self-care, etc., and attempt to make referrals to appropriate resources available to address each issue as it becomes apparent.
Access decided to make this program public after two Access officials, Chief Quality Officer Lynda Dilts-Benson, RN, CCM, LHRM and Medical Director Dalton Benson, MD demonstrated how their approach worked for them and expressed the desire to share that approach with others.
Their story goes like this:
Lynda Benson was struggling with the fact that she was getting ready to turn sixty. At that time, she was taking multiple medications for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. “I wore size 3X clothing and I had just developed osteoporosis of the spine,” she says.
“Dalton was luckier,” she adds, “He only had joint problems which affected his mobility; however, he could not do a lot of things we both enjoy doing, such as riding roller coasters. He was wearing size 6X clothing and had a 62” waist!”
Both Dr. Benson and Mrs. Benson, were struggling with the very same things and the biggest motivator was that they were about to become grandparents. “We needed to take care of ourselves because we are loved and needed,” said Lynda Benson. Therefore, both Dalton and Lynda were ready to do whatever was needed to finally get control of their obesity problem. They realized that, for themselves, diets do not work, nor did bariatric surgery. “We both have ‘failed’ lapbands…that is, they function perfectly but we never reached our weight loss goals with them and, in fact, we put the weight back on despite having them. We needed to find a way to make lifestyle changes in the way we eat and exercise that we may live with for the rest of our lives,” added Mrs. Benson.
The OOPS! program is based on making lifestyle changes that the individual can live with. The Bensons invested in themselves by hiring a personal trainer; they made adjustments in how and what they ate, and they continued to remain flexible, always learning and making changes as needed. “It is a marathon and not a sprint. We put all of the weight on a little at a time and that is how it needs to go away… there is not a ‘magic pill or bullet’ and nothing is one size fits all.’”
The Bensons believe that the OOPS! approach is sound for everyone. All that is needed is the desire to change and the knowledge that little changes can result in big results. One year later Mrs. Benson wears a size 14 in some things and has lost over 70 pounds. Dr. Benson now wears her 3X golf shirts and has lost 12” in his waist. He also lost over 100 pounds.
“We are not done…and thanks to Dr. Singh we have developed a way to share our success with our patients. If we can help even one person out of the many that suffer with obesity and all its complications it would be a victory.”
The program involves an initial visit where patients are introduced to the concept of the obesity outreach program. Patients are asked to complete dietary logs and keep track of their activities. If the patient agrees to the program, they are scheduled for a two week follow up for initial measuring, body fat analysis, and weight and height/BMI data.
Between the initial and first follow up visits the counselor consults with the patient’s primary care physician to discuss intake information and ascertain if there are concerns about the plan or activity or dietary restrictions that may not have previously been discussed with the patient. During the second visit, weight, height, BMI, body fat and target measurements are conducted. The visit lasts for an hour and consists of both interview assessment and instructions for the ongoing month.
The patient then meets with the counselor on a monthly basis where weigh-ins and measurements are taken and to determine whether program adjustments or referrals to other team members (i.e., personal trainers, dietitians, etc.) are needed.
Attached photos: Dr. Dalton Benson and Lynda Dilts-Benson before and after.
About Access Health Care Physicians, LLC
Access Health Care Physicians, LLC is a multiservice medical practice consisting of over 190 health care providers and more than 700 employees in over 70 locations throughout Florida. Our healthcare professionals provide a wide range of services not only in our offices but within patients’ homes. Yes, we make house calls.
Our medical services include:
· Blood Draws
· Holter Monitor
· Physical Therapy And Rehab
· Vascular Study
· Nuclear Stress Testing
· Carotid Doppler
· Venous Doppler
· Arterial Doppler
· Bone Density Testing
· Pulmonary Function Testing
· Anodyne Treatment
· Treatment of injuries resulting from automobile accidents including soft tissue injuries
Access Health Care Physicians, LLC’s main office is located at 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, Florida 34606. For more information call 352-688-8116 or go to www.AccessHealthcareLLC.net.