World's First Bariatric Chef, 'Chef Dave' Fouts, Partners up with Bariatric Partners, Inc. and JourneyLite to Provide Delicious Meal Ideas and Guidance for Lap Band Patients

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"Chef Dave" Fouts, the world's first chef focused on Weight Loss Surgery Patients will serve as Executive Chef for each of JourneyLite's specialty Lap Band surgical centers across the United States. Lap Band Surgery is the most innovative and least invasive way to lose weight safely with the guidance of bariatric specialists. An adjustable band is inserted around the stomach through laparoscopic surgery. No complicated bypass surgery is required and the procedure is completely reversible. JourneyLite currently operates lapband centers in Houston, TX, Tampa, FL and Thousand Oaks, CA with plans to expand to other cities this year.

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Bariatric Partners, Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, NC, announced today that it has signed an agreement with the world's first bariatric chef, David Fouts, to serve as Executive Chef for each of Bariatric Partners, Inc.'s specialty Lap Band surgical centers across the United States, operating under the brand name JourneyLiteSM.

"Chef Dave is undisputedly the most respected bariatric chef in the world, and we're thrilled to be able to share his knowledge, expertise, and culinary skills with our patients all across the country," said Jamie Carr, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations for Bariatric Partners, Inc. "In his role as Executive Chef with JourneyLite, Chef Dave will participate at our live support group meetings, sponsored events, and will have a strong online presence on the new JourneyLite website which will launch later this month," stated Carr. "At JourneyLite, we know that patient education and behavior modification are key to someone's success after lap band surgery. As an organization, we are committed to providing the best resources available to those participating in our program. When it comes to teaching about making healthy food choices and how to best prepare foods for the bariatric patient, Chef Dave is hands-down the best," said Carr.

Fouts received his degree in Culinary Arts from the Florida Culinary Institute and went on to apply his culinary skills in a five star, five diamond resort, at a vegetarian health institute, and as personal chef for a private family. In 2002, Fouts, at five feet, eight inches tall and nearly 400 pounds, underwent weight loss surgery, lost over 200 pounds, and has never looked back.

"I believe I bring a compassion and understanding to JourneyLite patients because I've walked in their shoes. I know what it's like to live with http//:morbid obesity - the struggle, the frustration, the discrimination - and I know what it's like to overcome," stated Fouts. "The practical life skills we are sharing at JourneyLite are essential to long-term success and I'm honored to be associated with the JourneyLite program."

Prior to joining JourneyLite, Fouts served as Executive Chef at U.S. Bariatric Management Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he oversaw and directed the bariatric culinary program for several years. After relocating to Oklahoma, he took on a similar role with Foundation Bariatric Affiliates. In addition, he has worked with such motivational speakers in the WLS field as Barbara Thompson, Colleen Cook and Carnie Wilson. He is the author of Culinary Classics and Cookwise with Chef Dave, and is a contributing author of Weight-Loss Surgery for Dummies. He is a featured writer in WLS Lifestyles magazine and has been featured at weight-loss surgery conferences and events all across the country. To date, Fouts has worked with over 30,000 bariatric patients.

"Clinical excellence and outstanding patient education and support services are critical to our growing leadership position in outpatient http:lap band surgery," stated Edmund C. Bujalski, Chief Executive Officer of Bariatric Partners, Inc. "Chef Dave brings a robust background and a passionate commitment to patient education in this new role with JourneyLite. We are delighted that he has joined our team."

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