So, what does it involve?
Iredell Healthy Weight, led by Yvette Pellegrino, MD, FAAFP, is a comprehensive,
individualized approach to weight loss that incorporates all components
needed for a healthy lifestyle: nutrition, physical activity and behavior change.
The program takes patients on a weight loss journey that focuses on living
a healthy lifestyle by utilizing a variety of program facilitators who
are dedicated to helping patients achieve their goals and avoid the all
too common disappointment of fad diets and over-the-counter supplements.
Iredell Healthy Weight is a safe, effective program that uses a multidisciplinary
team of professionals, including Dr. Pellegrino, a physician assistant,
wellness nurses, certified diabetes educator, registered dietician, exercise
physiologist and a social worker/counselor, to enhance success in the program.
“This program is different,” said Pellegrino. “It is
not a short-term plan. It is not a fad diet. It is not easy. It is a 6-month
educational experience to transform your life. If you are ready to commit
to change, we are ready to get you there.”
The program starts with a consultation with Dr. Pellegrino or a physician's
assistant. At that appointment, participants discuss goals, review the
program and determine if it is a good fit. Once an individual commits
to the program, laboratory tests will be ordered, and there may be
some additional questionnaires to complete to help facilitators individualize
a plan. Participants will then meet again with the physician to develop
an actual treatment plan. Once a treatment plan has been created, participants
meet with Dr. Pellegrino monthly. Additionally, participants meet with
a team member every one to two weeks for further education.
For Pellegrino, who is American Board of Obesity Medicine eligible, Iredell
Healthy Weight is more than just about helping individuals finally take
off those hard-to-lose pounds. It’s about ending a nationwide epidemic.
“I wanted to start this program because obesity has become an epidemic
in our country,” said Pellegrino. “It is a disease that is
destroying us and it needs to be recognized as a disease and successfully
treated. America has the highest obesity population percentage