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Paradise Valley Hospital to Treat Obesity

Obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges we face today.  According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health, more than 64 percent of adults in Arizona are overweight, with 24 percent suffering from obesity.  In Maricopa County alone, about 200,000 individuals suffer from Severe Obesity.

Last month, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced its decision to formally recognize obesity as a medical disease. In doing so, the AMA joins numerous other medical organizations and government agencies which have either officially recognized obesity as a disease or asserted such through their leadership representatives.

In mid-August, Abrazo Health will open its comprehensive bariatric surgery center at Paradise Valley Hospital in collaboration with Dr. Kurt W. Sprunger of the Phoenix Bariatric Center.  Dr. Sprunger and his team are dedicated to the proper treatment of those suffering with obesity who have for too long endured criticism and discrimination and felt frustration and shame after the failure of inappropriate and ineffective treatments.

Dr. Sprunger sees the decision by the AMA as a significant milestone in helping to remove societal misconceptions about obesity and improve access to proper medical care for the millions of Americans struggling with this disease, including the 24 million Americans suffering from Severe Obesity and its serious related conditions, for whom bariatric surgery has proved to be the most effective and lasting treatment.

The services offered by Paradise Valley Hospital and Phoenix Bariatric Center will help Arizonans suffering from obesity to reverse the effects of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, infertility and a host of other medical conditions associated with obesity and reduce their risk of certain cancers and heart disease.

Scottsdale Entrepreneur Launches FreedomRefined.com

Scottsdale entrepreneur Candyce Henry, an Arizona resident and former vice president of AT&T before continuing her career at Hewlett-Packard and American Express, found herself increasingly disenchanted by the lack of comprehensive retail outlets offering senior products to aid her mother and other family members. After extensive research of the market, Henry was compelled to found FreedomRefined.com, a web-based store offering all-encompassing solutions for the aging and physically impaired. Deep product categories include mobility products such as wheelchairs, medical walkers, bathroom safety, medical equipment, sleep disorder systems, bariatric and healthy living products that support freedom and independence.

“As both a daughter and a consumer, I knew there must be a better way to address the growing needs of mature individuals like my mother, by providing high levels of customer service with extended hours, information and products that exceed expectations,” according to Henry, CEO. “It became my mission to become part of the solution that preserves freedom and independence, even if it has to be refined to accommodate physical challenges.”

FreedomRefined.com will feature over 5,000 products when fully scaled, to aid both seniors and individuals of all ages who face mobility and health challenges including permanent and temporary disabilities, and morbid obesity. Highly respected brands have been selected based on quality, durability and comfort. Since the average caregiver in the U.S. is a 49-year-old woman who typically works at another job and has a family of her own to care for, highly trained and knowledgeable Relationship Managers will be available extended hours, seven days a week to serve as a support system. The FreedomRefined.com website itself features easy-to-navigate large, legible type with deep product categories grouped into good, better and best ratings. Products on the site are also accompanied by how-to videos, articles, and a directory of licensed and bonded companies that install ramps, lifts and renovate living environments.

“Our team is proud to launch a unique business model that delivers value through outstanding, compassionate service and the creation of long-term, trusted relationships with our customers,” Henry said.

To view their life-enhancing product lines, visit FreedomRefined.com or Facebook.com/FreedomRefined. Contact Customer Care at 602-374-1000 or toll free at 855-877-1010.