Pro Player Health Alliance Is Helping America Lose Weight Through Treating Sleep Apnea

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By hosting free educational public events throughout the country, Pro Player Health Alliance, is showing individuals how to lose weight by getting treated for the deadly disorder that is sleep apnea.

David Gergen With Carl Eller ppha pro player health alliance sleep apnea nfl

David Gergen With Carl Eller

I believe by doing these events and screenings we are saving lives.

While sleep apnea itself is not dangerous, it can be the cause of very serious health risks such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, lowered immune system and many others. David Gergen, President of Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) and Gergen's Orthodontic Lab, has set out on a mission to to educate the public on easy treatments available for the sleep disorder known as the "Silent Killer". By teaming up with NFL legends and elite organizations such as the NFL's HOPE Program sponsored by Covidien along with the Retired Players Association, PPHA is determined to improve the overall health of former professional athletes as well as the general public. Mr. Gergen says, "I believe by doing these events and screenings we are saving lives."

The HOPE program is an obesity management awareness program aimed at healthy lifestyles and weight management for retired professional football players. NFL players are more likely to have cardiovascular and other health problems than smaller sized men.

In 2009, researchers from Sweden's Karolinska Institute showed that overweight and obese men who lost weight on a severely calorie restricted diet over nine weeks had big improvements in their sleep apnea symptoms. On the other hand, treating sleep apnea can be a huge factor in managing the weight of an individual particularly in reducing body weight from an unhealthy state by giving a way for more energy during the day. By staying active, one is able to burn more calories and keep their weight at a manageable size.

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About Pro Player Health Alliance

The Pro Players Health Alliance (PPHA) is an organization dedicated to helping former NFL players, through providing testing and treatment options for those who suffer from sleep apnea. In addition, the PPHA is dedicated to integrating education and raising sleep apnea awareness, in a fun and memorable way. In addition to the campaign, the PPHA is dedicated to testing and getting people treated who suffer from sleep apnea. The PPHA was created by David Gergen, President of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab and Former NFL legends. To follow the latest on Pro Player Health Alliance, visit

About David Gergen

David Gergen, CDT and President of Pro Player Health Alliance, has been a nationally respected dental lab technician for over 25 years. He received the award for “The Finest Orthodontic Technician in the Country” given by Columbus Dental in 1986. He also has been appointed chair of the dental wing of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, a national interdisciplinary academy dedicated to sleep training and education with over 60,000 members. He has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004.

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