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Cleveland Clinic Launches Ground-Breaking Wellness Program To Reverse Effects of Common Chronic Diseases
Date:2/9/2009

essions over the next year and are eligible for additional sessions in the years ahead.

Average findings from Lifestyle 180 pilot classes showed that after the six-week program, participants:

- Reduced their body weight by four percent

- Reduced their body mass index (BMI) by four percent

- Reduced their LDL cholesterol levels by six percent

In addition, three of the pilot participants no longer needed five of their prescription medications after the six-week program, and overall, about one-third of participants are able to come off at least one drug within 10 weeks of starting the program.

"As one of the world's most respected academic medical centers, we see first hand the consequences of certain preventable conditions and their effects on the healthcare system," said Michael F. Roizen, M.D., Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic. "Our experience treating the sometimes life-threatening conditions that emanate from unhealthy habits has motivated us to offer several innovative, proactive wellness programs like Lifestyle 180 to our employees, participants and the community."

The next session of Lifestyle 180 begins March 16. For more information on Lifestyle 180, visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org/lifestyle180/.

About Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute is one of 26 institutes at Cleveland Clinic that group multiple specialties together to provide collaborative, patient-centered care. Its members are dedicated to making preventive care the driving force in medicine, minimizing the physical, emotional and economic costs of illness through health and wellness services and education. Cleveland Clinic is a nonpr
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