Dietitians Achieve Certification in Obesity and Weight Management

Three registered dietitians from the UC Health Weight Loss Center have completed Interdisciplinary Specialist Certification in Obesity and Weight Management from the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Only 23 dietitians in the state of Ohio hold this certification.

Valerie Brookbank, RD, LD, Haylee Hannah, MS, RD, LD and Sonal Hill, MS, RD LD, have added “certified specialists in obesity and weight management” or CSOWM, to their credentials as they are health professionals who possess comprehensive knowledge of, and expertise in, obesity and weight management.

A CSOWM professional educates, supports and empowers patients and clients to understand and manage their weight and risks associated with being overweight or obese through nutritional, physical, psychological, behavioral, medical and/or surgical interventions.

Brookbank, Hannah and Hill provide dietary and nutritional treatment to patients in the medical weight loss and surgical weight loss programs at the UC Health Weight Loss Center.

“Becoming a board-certified specialist in obesity and weight management (CSOWM) is an indicator of an experienced provider within the field of obesity,” says Haylee Hannah, RD, LD, CSOWM. “Obtaining the credential requires a rigorous review of the provider’s education and experience, as well as passing an examination demonstrating the provider’s comprehensive knowledge of and expertise in obesity and weight management.”

UC Health Weight Loss Center patients have access to a team of experienced specialists to guide them through their weight loss journey. Hannah adds, “Our staff provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to obesity management that takes into account each patient’s individual medical, nutritional and psychosocial needs. Our goal is to guide and support patients as they make lasting lifestyle changes that not only promote healthy weight, but more importantly, reduce disease risk and improve quality of life as a whole.”

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