DayOne Health Launches Its Second LAP-BAND® Giveaway Contest

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DayOne Health, Chicago’s premier weight loss program, is launching its second LAP-BAND® Giveaway Contest. The lucky winner will receive a LAP-BAND® procedure at no cost and twelve months of follow up care at DayOne Health’s downtown location. DayOne Health currently has three locations in and around the Chicago area: 900 North Michigan Avenue, South Side, and the Western Suburbs.

We can’t wait to hear our entrants’ stories and help one of them to fulfill his or her dreams of long-term weight loss.

Between March 1st 2012 and June 30th 2012, prospective patients may enter the DayOne Health LAP-BAND® Giveaway Contest by submitting a 500 word essay on why they should win a free LAP-BAND® surgery. All submitted essays will be reviewed by DayOne Health staff and a team of former patients. The winner will be announced in August 2012 and will receive a free LAP-BAND® surgery and twelve months of follow-up care at the DayOne Health location at The 900 North Michigan Surgical Center, Chicago, IL.

“Our first contest was such a great success for our winner Amy that we wanted to make this opportunity available again for our prospective patients,” says Guita Griffiths, President of DayOne Health. “Last year we heard many compelling stories but unfortunately we could give away only one band. Our second contest provides a great opportunity to all of those who didn’t win or didn’t submit their entries last time to try again. We can’t wait to hear our entrants’ stories and help one of them to fulfill his or her dreams of long-term weight loss.”

Amy, the last DayOne Health LAP-BAND® Giveaway Contest winner, showed that there is no doubt that the LAP-BAND® procedure can be life changing. In a little less than twelve months, Amy lost over 100lbs. This amazing transformation is wonderful, and Amy notices it too, “I’ve lost a lot of weight, gained a new sense of freedom and self-confidence and now I can buy the stylish and fun things I’ve always wanted to wear.” Throughout her weight loss journey Amy shared her day-to-day experiences with the LAP-BAND® and DayOne Health via her blog postings and video entries on DayOne Health's website. Anyone reading the blog and looking at pictures can see Amy’s success with DayOne’s LAP-BAND® program documented over time. As Amy herself admits, she was happy to be able to share her experience with others and hopes that her account of her LAP-BAND® journey will help others in their quest to lose weight and keep it off.

Like last year’s contest, this year’s event is sponsored fully by DayOne Health’s 900 North Michigan Avenue location. DayOne Health’s downtown office is located at The 900 North Michigan Surgical Center, a JCAHO-Accredited, state-of-the-art outpatient facility just down the street from the John Hancock Center. The 900 North Michigan Surgical Center is also where the lucky winner will receive his or her free LAP-BAND® and a year of follow up care from Dr. Jonathan Myers.

“This is a great program and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” says Dr. Myers, a LAP-BAND® surgeon and a Medical Director at DayOne Health’s downtown location. “I love DayOne Health’s idea to launch the LAP-BAND® Giveaway Contest and I am very excited to participate. It is amazing that we can give someone a life changing procedure for free. Finally, the whole undertaking is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of obesity and show how to fight it effectively through surgery. I can’t wait to see who is going to be this year’s winner.” Dr. Myers has been performing adjustable banding for almost a decade and is one of the city’s most experienced bariatric surgeons. With over eight hundred LAP-BAND® procedures done and counting, Dr. Myers partners with DayOne Health in delivering the highest standards of bariatric care in the Chicago area.

When asked for advice to those who are looking into the LAP-BAND®, Amy answers without hesitation, “I hope you all are encouraged and that you are thinking about getting the surgery. But it’s definitely not easy. There are some changes that you yourself have to make. It’s not a miracle weight loss. The lap-band is definitely a partnership with yourself. As long as you do what it takes to make it work, it will work.” If you’re up to the challenge you should definitely give it a try and submit your contest entry. After all, it’s not every day you get a chance to win a procedure that can give you so much without you spending a dime.

The DayOne Health LAP-BAND® Giveaway Contest is open to all entrants who are 18 years of age or older and meet the medical eligibility requirements. Full contest rules and entry can be found at http://www.DayOneHealth.com.

About DayOne Health

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, DayOne Health performed its first outpatient LAP-BAND® surgery at 900 North Michigan Surgical Center in November 2001, shortly after the procedure was approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (June 5, 2001). In March 20 2008, DayOne Health was designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). DayOne Health is home to some of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in the country and specializes in the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding or LAP-BAND® procedure, a safer and less invasive bariatric surgery alternative to gastric bypass. As part of their program, DayOne Health provides its patients with a comprehensive pre-surgical patient education program, nutritional counseling, state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facilities, expert medical staff and extensive after care support. Further information about DayOne Health and its outpatient LAP-BAND® surgical weight loss program can be found at http://www.dayonehealth.com.

About The 900 North Michigan Surgical Center

The 900 North Michigan Surgical Center opened its doors in February 1999 and has become a leader in outpatient surgical care. The 900 North Michigan Surgical Center consistently meets the needs of area specialists by providing state of the art equipment and technology in a convenient and cost-effective setting. This pairing of an outstanding team of doctors and nurses with the latest surgical equipment and facilities is why The 900 North Michigan Surgical Center is a recognized leader in outpatient surgery in Chicago. This Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory surgery center manages three operating suites, currently performing approximately 5,000 surgeries annually. Further information about The 900 North Michigan Surgical Center can be found at http://www.900northsurgical.com.

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If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact DayOne Health at 312.239.3838 or email pcc-Chicago(at)dayonehealth(dot)yecom

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