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Lets Talk Health Q & A

Have a question you forgot to discuss at the doctor’s office or are too embarrassed to ask? The experts at Samaritan Health Services are here to help. Dec / Jan

Q: My weight has been a struggle my entire life, even with diet and exercise. I’m ready to take the next step, but I’m not sure what weight loss program is right for me. What advice do you have?

A: Choosing a weight loss program can be difficult, especially when faced with many fad diets or programs that offer the promise of losing weight fast. Sustainable weight loss is about looking at lifestyle and understand-ing what changes are needed to be successful for the long run. That is exactly the focus of Precision Wellness, an evidence-based, 16-week lifestyle change program offered through Samaritan Weight Management Institute.

The program centers on lifestyle changes designed to improve metabolic health factors, including high blood pressure, prediabetes, diabetes, cholesterol and many other health factors that arise from or are exacerbated by excess weight. Eligible candidates will work with experts who specialize in obesity. Participants will acquire the skills needed to gain optimal health and well-being, with a focus on nutrition, physical activity, mindfulness, sleep, hormones and metabolic optimization.

For questions or to sign-up for an upcoming session, call 541-768-4280. Samaritan Weight Management Institute also offers surgical weight loss solutions for individuals interested in exploring that option, too.

— Katy Brown, DO, Samaritan Weight Management Institute

Q. I am looking for a new OB/GYN provider and my friend suggested a certified nurse-midwife. Don’t midwives just help with pregnancy and childbirth?

A: Your friend is not steering you wrong. Certified nurse-midwives do a lot more than deliver babies. They are trained to provide comprehensive gynecologic care, including annual exams, Pap smears, contraception, miscarriage management and evaluation of gynecologic issues. If you are seeking an OB/GYN provider, a certified nurse-midwife might be the right choice for you.

Like OB/GYN physicians, certified nurse-midwives are highly trained and have demonstrated knowledge and skill, and both kinds of providers are committed to providing the best possible care. Midwives are known for their focus on pregnancy and birth as natural processes, and this philosophy often carries forward to the care they provide patients across the lifespan.

At Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology – Corvallis, our certified nurse-midwives work in collaboration with our OB/GYN physicians and are able to seamlessly refer to them for consultations or care in cases of very complex gynecologic conditions or if the patient needs gynecologic surgery. Together our certified nurse-midwives and physicians offer patients a rich, dynamic and comprehensive mix of expertise — the best of both worlds!

— Emily Zeno Yeast, CNM, Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology – Corvallis


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Call Samaritan Health Services Find a Doctor line at 800-863-5241 to find a provider who is right for you.


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