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25-Sep-2013

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Contact: Caroline Auger
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Cleveland Clinic
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Cleveland Clinic's 2013 Obesity Summit explores causes, prevention and treatment of obesity

Interactive sessions will provide scientific and practical tools to manage obesity

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, Cleveland: Cleveland Clinic's 8th Annual Obesity Summit will bring together a diverse mix of healthcare practitioners Oct. 16 and 17, 2013, at the InterContinental Hotel and Bank of America Conference Center in Cleveland to examine the key issues surrounding the escalating obesity epidemic in the United States.

An estimated one in every three adults and one in every six children are obese. In addition to causing health problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, obesity costs the American healthcare system around $147 billion per year.

"The summit was designed for healthcare practitioners who focus on obesity-related fields and who want to tackle the key issues surrounding obesity," said Philip Schauer, M.D., Director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute and of the Obesity Summit. "Participants will discuss approaches to help solve this epidemic, such as newly approved drugs and surgical techniques to treat obesity, as well as how to change the human behaviors that contribute to it."

Highlights of the summit this year include interactive workshops, a meet-the-professor luncheon, a focus on obesity in young women, and a presentation of the Look AHEAD study that shows the impact of diet and exercise on obesity.

The summit is comprised of six sessions.

The Obesity Summit agenda includes 13 nationally and internationally renowned experts and more than 15 top Cleveland Clinic physicians who will participate in the discussions.

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Learn more about Cleveland Clinic's 2013 Obesity Summit: http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/live/courses/obesity/default.asp

Registration for the Obesity Summit is now open: http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/live/courses/obesity/default.asp

Prior to the Obesity Summit, Cleveland Clinic's 2013 Medical Innovation Summit will explore the obesity, diabetes and metabolic crisis between Oct. 14 and 16, 2013, at the new Global Center for Health Innovation. Learn more about Cleveland Clinic's 11th Annual Medical Innovation Summit: http://www.clevelandclinic.org/innovations/summit/default.htm

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and, currently under construction, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2012, there were 5.1 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at http://www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

Editor's Note: Cleveland Clinic News Service is available to provide broadcast-quality interviews and B-roll upon request.

Contacts:

Caroline Auger
216.636.5874
augerc@ccf.org

Andrea Pacetti
216.444.8168
pacetta@ccf.org



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