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Performing operations laparoscopically since 1991. His practice offers Gastric Bypass, LapBand and Sleeve Gastrectomy options. Also an Instructor for Quarterly In-Service Program of Bariatric Surgery at Emory Dunwoody Medical Center and Northside Hospital.
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Dr. Williams principal clinical and research interest include minimally invasive techniques, and the surgical therapy of morbid obesity. He has been involved in training surgeons in laparocopic techniques in the United States and the Caribbean.
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The 3rd surgeon in the world to perform the totally laparoscopic DS and the 1st bariatric surgeon in the world to present the Hand-Sewn Duedenal-Ileal Anastomosis technique.
Dr. Stapleton is a licensed clinical psychologist, received her doctorol degree from Texas A&M University in Counseling Psychology.
A Ph.D Candidate in Sport Science at East Tennessee State University and for a number of years, served as ObesityHelp's Exercise Physiologist.
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-Colleen is the author of The Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients.
- She is the president or Bariatric Support Centers International, a company that specializes in providing education and support services for weight loss surgery patients and the professionals who serve them.
- Colleen currently serves on the National Advisory board for the Walk From Obesity.
-Known as Ms. Enthusiasm, Colleen helps men and women from all walks of life recognize their extraordinary potential and then inspires then to aspire.
Today we released a couple of major updates to Health Tracker just in time for the holidays (as we continue on the path to Health Tracker world domination :). These updates include, 1) Profile display of Health Tracker - If you choose to, you are now able to display/share your Health Tracker within your personal profile. This can be kept completely private, it can be shared with only your friends or with the entire ObesityHelp community. 2) My Workouts - You are now able to build and store custom workouts that can be used over and over again. My Workouts will allow you to log multiple exercise/activity items at one time so you don't have to search for individual exercises each time you want to log your activity or exercise session.
Profile Display of Health Tracker .
The profile display of Health Tracker includes Body, Food Log, Exercise Log and the Macronutrient Report. As mentioned above, this can be kept entirely private or you can choose to share your Health Tracker information with friends, family, your bariatric surgeon or other clinicians.
In order to see the profile view of Health Tracker, when viewing your profile or another member's profile, look for the Health Tracker link to the right of the avatar. If there is no Health Tracker link, the profile view of Health Tracker has been set to private.
The privacy settings for Health Tracker can be found in the "Settings" section of My OH. To access your Health Tracker setting click My OH at the top of any page on ObesityHelp, select "Settings" on the left, click the Health Tracker tab and choose the "Sharing" option. Or, just click here to access your Health Tracker Sharing options :)
My Workouts makes it quick and easy to log routine exercise and activity. For those who perform similar exercises on a regular basis, with My Workouts you can create a workout consisting of a series of exercises you often perform and instead logging each exercise indivivudally, My Workouts allows to log a single item (a workout) that contains all of the exericses you have performed. Build it once and log it any number of times.
Under My Workouts you will see a list of workouts that you have created and saved. You can log workouts directly from My Workouts by selecting "I did this", choose the day and click "Save"
You can also search for workouts you have created directly from your Exercise Log.
One other addition
For your convenience, in this release we have also made some changes to the account deactivation process. In case you ever have the need to deactivate your ObesityHelp account, you can access this function by clicking My OH at the top of any page on ObesityHelp, select "Settings" on the left, and under the "General" tab select "Manage". Instructions for deactivating your account can be found there.
Have a great Thanksgiving and look for more updates soon!
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this release, please post them in this thread on the Main Message Board.
Last week we released two major updates. First was the public release of OH Groups where any ObesityHelp member can now create their own Group. Second was the addition of Activity Tracking to Health Tracker, which provides a robust and easy to use tool to track and monitor your exercise and activity. Today we have added My Meals and an Activity vs. Weight Loss Report to Health Tracker.
My Meals allows you to group and store multiple food and beverage items as a custom meal that can be used over and over again. If you have meals that you eat on a regular basis, you will no longer need to log each food item individually.
|To access My Meals, go to your Health Tracker in My OH and click on the Nutrition tab. You will see My Meals listed under Nutrition.
|Creating a new meal works similar to your Food Log. You can search for food items on the right and add the foods to the meal on the left. A Calorie Breakdown chart and Nutrient Summary Label are also available for each meal.
|Once a meal is created you can add that meal to your Food Log from My Meals by clicking "i had this" or you can search for the meal from your Food Log.
|When searching for a meal to add to your Food Log, all meals will be returned when "My Foods" is selected in search. So, to "drill down" on meals that you have created, select to only show "My Foods." When a new meal is created it may require up to 30 minutes for that meal to be indexed and become searchable.
Activity vs. Weight Loss Report
Adding to the Macronutrient and Export Reports previously available, there is now an Activity vs. Weight Loss Report. This report will allow to compare Average Time in Activity vs Weight over time, providing you with further insight into what impact physical activity as on weight loss and weight loss maintenance. In Health Tracker, click Reports and then select Activity vs. Weight Loss.
|We hope these additions to Health Track reduce the time required to log your daily food intake and makes it easier to view how physical activity impacts your weight.
Create your first meal now!
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this release, please post them on the Main Message Board.
The last several months have been fairly busy ones here at OH and we are really excited
about this upcoming release. First, long overdue is the public release of OH Groups. You
will now be able to start and manage your own public groups. Second, is a major update
to Health Tracker....Activity! We are planning to release these new features on Wednesday evening, October 7, 2009.
|Getting to OH Groups is easy. Just click on the Groups tab at the top of any page on ObesityHelp. OH Groups allows you to start and manage your own groups, you can find groups that suit your interests and find support groups in your area.
|If you are looking for an OH Group that focuses on a specific topic, you can browse groups by category.
To get to your Activity Tracker, click “My OH” at the top of any page on ObesityHelp, select “Health Tracker” on the left and then click the “Activity” tab.
|Understanding your total daily caloric expenditure requires more than just knowing how many calories you burned on the treadmill. In your Health Tracker settings area you are now able to estimate the caloric expenditure of your resting metabolic rate (RMR) and lifestyle. These estimates are integrated and displayed with the caloric expenditure of the activities you have logged.
|Your exercise log allows you to search for and add strength training exercises, cardiovascular exercises and general activities to your daily log. Caloric expenditure is auto calculated for a number of activities already included in our database of exercises. Pie charts display details about caloric expenditure and time for each type of activity.
|Sets can be added and subtracted from strength training exercises. Reps and weight used can be entered for each set.
|A number of details can be tracked for cardiovascular exercises and general activities. Some of these variables include, time, distance, calories burned, average heart rate, average power, altitude gained and average grade.
|If you can’t find the exercise or activity you have participated in, you can also add your own custom exercises.
|Other updates include the ability to create list of your favorite exercises, reports have been updated to include a number of activity items, the nutrition search has been enhanced and we have managed to slip in a sweet macronutrient report under the “Reports” tab.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the features in this release, please submit those here.
If your are new to ObesityHelp or have not used ObesityHelp's Health Tracker before, you can learn about the first release here and the second release here.
Need help using Health Tracker? Click here for help.
We are excited to announce a number of big updates to Health Tracker; the most exciting being the introduction of Nutrition Tracking. We are hoping to release Friday, August 7th.
While we may be a bit biased, we think the new Nutrition Log here at ObesityHelp manages to be one of the easiest around to use without sacrificing functionality. What sets it apart from the others? Most nutrition logs force you to search for foods on one page, provide the details for a food item eaten on another page, and yet another page to actually view the items you have eaten for any particular day. Bottom line, you can't search for and add items while also viewing what you have eaten. We have streamlined the food logging process so that you can find the food items you are searching for, add them to your food log, view your food log and receive summary reports all on one page. You can also build a favorite foods list, create custom foods and share your foods with the community.
Body has a new look and we have added the ability for you to manage (add and remove) the variables that you would like to track.
Tickers & Widgets
You can now specify if you would like your tickers to display "amount to go" or "amount changed". Tickers can now also be automatically inserted into your messageboard signature and/or profile introduction as you create them.
A widget displaying your macronutrient breakdown averages for various date ranges has also been added. This widget can be placed on any personal website or blog.
Custom reports can now be created using any number of variables from body and nutrition. These reports can be downloaded as a spreadsheet and make a great document to share with your physician, dietitian, personal trainer and friends.
What Are We Working On Next?
Activity tracking and other oh so fun stuff! Until then, enjoy the new features!
Comments, issues or concerns? Click here to head on over to the main message board and let us know.
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In conclusion, here is a summary of how you can help better the OH community:
What’s New at OH?
We have many new items planned for release this year! Currently we have a few items that are in testing and should be available soon:
Profanity filter for the forums: You will be able to adjust your
settings. (The same setting that is currently in place for photos.)
Move thread: This is on the administration side and will allow
us to move topics that are getting out of hand and detracting
from the individual forums.
OH Groups: This is in beta testing currently with the Support
Group leaders. Eventually in a future release, OH Members
will have the ability to create and moderate their own groups.
There’s more to come! We’re working to develop new features and enhancements, while trying to keep in mind the most fitting solutions to overall wants and needs. Thank you for being a member of ObesityHelp.com and for your commitment to helping us to maintain and build a community rich in resources, support, and empowerment!