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Content provided by Samaritan Health Services Losing 130 Pounds Leads to New Outlook on Life N ot everyone’s weight management needs are the same, and for Amie Brewer, 38, of Albany, this held true. Amie had always been an athletic kid, she loved to run and compete in cross country – weight wasn’t an issue. As an adult, she competes in dressage with her horse King and enjoys sporting activities with her family. But, despite her mental drive to be physically active, she struggled to keep up and her weight continued to climb. gastrectomy would be Brewer’s best option. A sleeve gastrectomy is a procedure that reduces the size of the stomach allowing for a sense of fullness with a smaller amount of food. care team – even the minor stuff, because it does matter.” has proven to improve health related issues, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, plus many others. Samaritan Weight Management Institute is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Want to know if weight loss surgery The weeks immediately after Brewer’s Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery weight loss surgery were incredibly Accreditation and Quality Improvement is right for you? Attend a free information session offered by tough. It required her to be mentally and Program. The program combines Samaritan Weight Management emotionally strong, and to rely on her outstanding medical care with Institute. Sessions are a offered twice support system. Food reintroduction compassion and quality, ensuring a month in Corvallis. Registration is was the most difficult, but Brewer is greater outcomes and long-term required and can be done online at back to eating normally and staying the success for patients. or by calling course of the program. For eligible patients, bariatric surgery 541-768-4280. “I’d tried every diet under the sun – “I’ve lost nearly the size of an adult eating 1,000 calories a day – coupled human,” joked Brewer. Having dropped with daily workouts but nothing worked” 130 pounds since having her procedure said Brewer. in April 2018. The final straw for Brewer was the Community classes to keep you healthy Brewer has established a healthy day she went to exercise King and balance with food and exercise and had a misstep on the mounting block, positive approach for channeling stress. resulting in a ruptured ACL. Her weight Instead of binge eating or consuming had increased so much, she could no the wrong types of food, she takes longer enjoy this physical aspect of her walks, engages with her horses or does life and knew a change was needed. something physically active with her family. After researching weight loss surgery options, immersing herself in Brewer shared this advice for anyone information, joining a support group considering weight loss surgery. “It’s on Facebook and connecting with critical to understand your coping a therapist, Brewer reached out to Find support while grieving Learn mental health first aid mechanism for stress and your Samaritan Health Services. She later If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, Learn how to help individuals who may relationship with food – until that’s had a consultation with Don Yarbrough, Samaritan Evergreen Hospice offers free be experiencing symptoms of a mental sorted out, surgery won’t do a lick of grief support groups in Albany and Lebanon illness or crisis. May 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MD, a bariatric surgeon at Samaritan good. Make this choice for you, and only Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for adults. Each group meets twice a month. Weight Management Institute. It Information and meeting schedules: Registration: you. And lastly, listen to your medical was recommended a vertical sleeve 541-812-4680 or 866-243-7747 Livinghealthy Pain Solutions: First Steps Be prepared to Stop the Bleed Spring spinning event funds gym memberships, supports cancer survivors Join a free six-week program to help you learn tools to manage your pain. April 11, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Registration: or 866-243-7747 early March, SamFit’s Albany location looked a little bit different for a Saturday morning. The fitness facility’s classroom was lined with cycling bikes, the lights were dimmed, and music blared as team members and visitors alike filed in sporting SamFit glasses and bright blue pom poms. Discover weight management options Learn the skills to help if you are near a life-threatening bleeding emergency. Topics include packing a wound and using a tourniquet. May 7, 6 to 7 p.m., Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Registration: or toll free 866-243-7747 In The gym’s first annual event, Spin for Survivors, consisted of hourlong sessions packed with fun, inspirational testimonials, and of course, spinning. “Thanks to our supportive community, we were able to raise enough money to cover 86 monthly memberships for the SurvivorFit program,” said SamFit Health and Fitness Director Alyssa Wink. In partnership with the Samaritan Cancer Program, SamFit’s SurvivorFit program offers memberships and health coaching to cancer survivors. “Our SamFit team really pulled together to support this program,” said Wink, “So many of our members are survivors, and we want to continue supporting them through their journey as they regain strength after cancer treatment.” The SurvivorFit program is open to anyone who has undergone cancer treatment, no matter type of cancer or where and when you received treatment To learn more about the SurvivorFit program, contact your local Samaritan Cancer Resource Center, 541-768-2171 – Corvallis or 541-812-5888 – Albany. To learn more about SamFit, visit Join us for a free seminar and learn about weight loss surgery, the steps involved, program benefits, insurance coverage and more. April 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Registration: or 541-768-4280 Nutrition series offered to cancer survivors Join “That’s My Farmer,” a nutrition series for cancer survivors that offers tips about healthy shopping, eating locally and the impact of fresh, wholesome food. The Corvallis-based series runs from April 24 to May 22, Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 to 10 a.m., Samaritan Pastega Regional Cancer Center. Registration: 541-768-2171 or 541-812-5888 Eat your way to better heart health A heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, full of fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, is linked to better heart health, lower cholesterol and a host of other health benefits. Learn why eating these kinds of foods can improve heart health. May 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Samaritan Albany General Hospital, Reimer conference room. Registration: or call 855-873-0647 Visit for a complete list of classes and support groups in your community.

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