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Advancing Care - 2024 Issue 1

weight loss


Get a Fresh Start on Your Healthy-Weight Goals

If you're looking to press the restart button on your health, you're not alone. Each year, one in three Americans resolve to get healthy and lose weight. The fact that losing weight is among the most popular resolutions suggests just how difficult it can be.

Being overweight isn't simply a result of overeating. Contributing factors include genetics, heredity, environment, metabolic factors and eating disorders. Losing weight can help improve and sometimes cure many health conditions associated with obesity, including cancer risks, diabetes, fatty liver, high blood pressure, joint disease, sexual health and sleep apnea.

Where do I start? 

Weight-loss surgery in combination with the required lifestyle changes can be an effective treatment for obesity. We know that losing weight is not easy – and choosing weight-loss surgery is a life-changing decision. Participating in one of our webinars is your first step.

Each week, Yale New Haven Health’s board-certified bariatric surgeons host live, free webinars for those interested in bariatric surgery and their families to learn more about the latest advances in weight-loss surgery provided at Yale New Haven Hospital. We also offer a recorded version that you can watch at your leisure. Webinars are offered in both English and Spanish. 

Our experts answer key questions: What types of surgery are available? Does it hurt? How fast will I lose weight? Will insurance cover the cost of the surgery? When can I go back to work?

“We have available tools to assess the risk and benefits of each procedure and these tools help us to make the best decision for the patient,” said John Morton, MD, medical director of bariatric surgery at Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS) and vice chair of surgical quality for the Yale School of Medicine and YNHHS.  

Our weight-loss surgery program serves those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40+, or 35-39 with accompanying health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea. Check to see if you are eligible.

I’m not ready for surgery. What about non-surgical options?

The Yale New Haven Health Center for Weight Management supports you throughout your weight-loss journey with medically supervised, non-surgical weight management options that are safe and effective. This includes nutritional counseling, medication, meal replacement programs, individual and endoscopic procedures.

“Our program is comprehensive and offers both surgical and medical weight management. It includes dietitians, exercise physiologists, mental health providers, advanced practice providers and nurses. Together, we support the physical health and psychological needs of our patients as well as educate them about healthy behavior and wholesome diets, both before and after surgery,” Dr. Morton said. “Part of the process is making sure each patient understands that they are ultimately in charge of their weight-loss success.”

Safe Sleep Guidelines for Babies Parents Need to Know

Every parent wants to protect their child from harm. While the first few weeks and months with a newborn baby can be hectic, one of the most important things a new parent can do is learn how to put their baby to sleep safely. In Connecticut, unsafe sleep is the leading cause of preventable infant death. What should you do to keep your baby safe? Learn more with our safe sleep guidelines.

Safe Sleep Guidelines for Babies Parents Need To Know

YNHH Auxiliary Offers Scholarships for Healthcare Majors

The Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary is offering 10 scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each to area high school students planning to pursue a career in a health-related profession. 

Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence; financial need; personal statement that describes the applicant’s interest in healthcare; and community service, including school and community activities and/or employment.

Applicants must be high school seniors who are residents of one of the following towns: Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, West Haven or Woodbridge.

Applications are available online or may be requested at [email protected]  or 203-688-5717. Submission deadline is March 15, 2024. 

Registration Open for Smilow “Beyond Beauty Program” Workshops

The Beyond Beauty Program is a free service for current Smilow Cancer Hospital patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment and experiencing temporary visual changes to their hair, skin and nails. The interactive program, sponsored through The Cingari Family Boutique, features  licensed cosmetologists, certified hair and wig specialists who are experienced in helping patients promote self-care and wellness during their cancer journey and beyond.

If you are a current Smilow patient, you may register for an interactive workshop at one of the following dates and locations:

  • Feb. 21 from 2 - 4 pm at Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center – North Haven Medical Center, 6 Devine St., 2nd floor., North Haven 
  • March 6 from 2 - 4 pm at Smilow Cancer Hospital – Shoreline Medical Center, 11 Goose Lane, Guilford 

You must pre-register to receive your makeup toolkit on the day of the class. Sign up for the Beyond Beauty Program online by calling the Cingari Family Boutique at 203-200-2273 (CARE) or asking your social worker or nurse for details. 

Additional workshops are available at Smilow Cancer Hospital locations in Trumbull, Waterbury, Stamford, Waterford, Torrington and Derby. Call for details on dates and times.   

Kick Your Cholesterol to the Curb

Yale New Haven Health offers “Curb Your Cholesterol," a self-monitoring program to help you reduce your cholesterol levels. This program gives you tools to improve your cholesterol numbers and includes weekly coaching sessions. The program is ideal for those diagnosed with high cholesterol levels or other heart-related conditions.

Learn more about the “Curb Your Cholesterol" program by calling 203-688-9010. 

Find a provider at YNHH

Are you looking for a physician? Call 888-700-6543 or visit our Find a Doctor feature for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. Many of our physician practices offer telehealth video visits for your convenience.

Billing questions? 

Yale New Haven Health offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are also available. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 855-547-4584.