Bariatric Care Center Celebrating Less Is More

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Sept. 18, 2007 – The Bariatric Care Center at Southeast Georgia Health System will host its second annual “Celebration of Less is More” on Saturday, Oct. 6. This celebration is intended for any weight loss surgery patient and his or her support persons regardless of where their surgery was performed as part of the Bariatric Care Center’s commitment to offering high quality services and programs to all bariatric surgery patients.

Daytime events will take place in the Southeast Georgia Conference Center on the campus of Coastal Georgia Community College, 3700 Altama Ave., Brunswick, while the evening dinner/dance will be held at the Embassy Suites, 500 Mall Blvd., Brunswick. Last year, approximately 50 Bariatric Care Center weight loss surgery patients attended the inaugural event and touted a total weight loss of 5,481 pounds.

The daylong event will feature nationally renowned speakers, Melodie K. Moorehead, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist specializing in bariatric surgery psychology, Chef Dave Founts, a culinary expert in bariatric meal planning, and Jamie Yasko-Mangum, a certified image consultant.

Moorehead was the first woman and non-surgeon and to receive the Golden Circle of Excellence Award from the American Society of Bariatric Surgery. She is currently the lead psychologist at the JKF Hospital Medical Wellness Center in South Florida. Chef Fouts graduated from the Florida Culinary Institute and is a weight-loss surgery patient. He has written two cookbooks—Culinary Classics: Essentials of Cooking for the Gastric Bypass Patient and Cookwise. Yasko-Mangum is a national speaker and corporate trainer and is an image columnist for, Hot Moms Club Magazine and Moms Network Connecting@Home magazine.

In addition to the lectures and Chef Fount’s holiday cooking demonstration, attendees will be able to view vendor exhibits, have lunch, enjoy a fashion show, register for door prizes, and more. The events activities will conclude with a dinner dance from 6:30-10 p.m.