Community Invited to ‘Living Well/Eating Better’ Luncheon and Dinner on Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health invites residents to jumpstart their New Year’s resolutions at two free Living Well & Eating Better community gatherings on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Special Guest Donald Hensrud, MD, Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program Director, will motivate guests as he brings to life the essentials of The New York Times bestselling book, The Mayo Clinic Diet. Each guest will receive a complimentary copy of the hardcover book to bring home for continued use.

A special nutritious lunch will be served during the afternoon program from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and a delicious, healthy dinner will be prepared for the evening program from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. – all featuring recipes from The Mayo Clinic Diet. Lakeland Regional Health dietitians, physical therapists and community health experts will be on hand to screen guests for balance, blood glucose levels, blood pressure, body mass index and weight.

In addition, Mayo Clinic Clinical Dietitian Elizabeth Bailey, RDN, LD/N, will make a special appearance to lead breakout sessions on the best ways to apply the book’s messages to everyday life and talk one on one with guests.

71.5% of residents in Polk County are obese or overweight, according to the Florida Department of Health.

“Obesity among the youth and adults in our community continues to be a concern, as does ensuring that families have access to nutritionally adequate foods,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center President and Lakeland Regional Health Chief Medical Officer. “Lakeland Regional Health is committed to providing education and wellness outside of the walls of our patient exam rooms and strengthening the health of our community.”

As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Lakeland Regional Health physicians have convenient access to Mayo Clinic’s respected expertise, knowledge and resources.

Dr. Hensrud is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. He writes and lectures on lifestyle and nutrition topics and has written several books, including The Mayo Clinic Diet and two award-winning cookbooks.

“Why did we write The Mayo Clinic Diet? Because you wanted it,” Dr. Hensrud writes in the book’s foreword. “Bogus Mayo Clinic diets have been circulating for decades. These diets have no connection to Mayo Clinic, but their popularity told us that people are hungry for a diet based on Mayo’s research and clinical experience.”

Those who attend the event will receive participatory gifts and enrollment in an ongoing discussion on healthy eating and active living.

To RSVP for the events, call 863.687.1400 or Space is limited. Deadline to RSVP is January 10.


About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health, affiliated with the nationally recognized Orlando Health system, reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 849-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine and the nation’s busiest single site Emergency Department.

About Mayo Clinic

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