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2012 EDITION Transform: Get fit today Continued from Page 22


Center for Surgical Weight Management. “Bariatric surgery is the most efficient way to defeat the impact of obesity and the conditions associated with it: diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, arthritis and other conditions brought on by obesity,” said Dr. Richard. “Bariatric surgery requires a complete change of lifestyle, but the benefits of the surgery are worth all the work.”


What are the potential benefits of bariatric surgery?


• Lower occurrence of sleep apnea so you can breathe and sleep better


• Increased self-image as you look and feel better


• Decreased depression • Resolved or improved blood pressure and blood sugar problems


• Slowed premature aging and disease


• Decreased acid reflux and urinary incontinence


• Reduced stress on weight-bearing joints


• Lower risk for heart disease and cancer


• Decreased menstrual irregularities or complications during pregnancy


• Increased activity levels • Improved job performance


So make 2012 the year you transform your life for good. To learn more, visit gwinnettbariatrics.org. Here you will find dates and times where you can attend a free information session with Dr. Richard or participate in an online seminar. To speak with someone about bariatric surgery, please call 678-312-6200.


Marley: A loveable giant Continued from Page 16


Mark says Marley is the star wherever they go. He’s also well known in the community because he’s always out and about bringing cheer to those he comes across.


“He has some sort of a knack,” Mark said. “Some places we go, he seems to seek out the one who is most forlorn and gravitates towards them and gives them extra kisses.” Nearly 18 months ago, Mark


and his wife, Merle, adopted Marley. He understands basic commands and is active and frisky, but he is mainly laid back for his age.


Mark and Merle decided to have Marley take a test through the Humane Society of Forsyth County for their “Humane Hearts Pet Therapy” program.


There are over 20 dogs trained in this program, but Marley has been its most active member. Marley is also active at the Bald Ridge Lodge and Jesse’s House, shelters


for displaced


boys and girls. “He’s the show," Mark said.


"I’m there to make sure I have his drool rag ready. I'd hate to have him drool all over someone.” Children’s Healthcare of


Atlanta in Forsyth County also has


recently talked to Mark


about bringing Marley in during therapy sessions.


“He loves children with


autism and Down Syndrome,” Merle Myers said. “He’s so good with them. He’s drawn to them. He has never been aggressive to anything, two or four-legged.”


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