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National Healthy Weight Week is January 15-21, 2023


Dignity Health Weight Loss Physician in Santa Maria is available for interviews about the Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Weight, Tips on Achieving Healthy Weight Loss and the Impacts of Obesity

Santa Maria, CA – January 9, 2023 – National Healthy Weight Week is observed this January 15-21, and Dignity Health's Weight Loss Institute of the Central Coast has enlisted Weight Loss Specialist Maryna Chumakova-Orin, MD, to discuss the importance of a healthy lifestyle and weight. A variety of factors such as behavior, environment, genetics, and even medications, may have an effect on causing people to become overweight or obese.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity affects more than 40 percent of American adults. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. These are among the leading causes of preventable, premature death.

Obesity takes a financial toll as well.  According to Milken Institute data, $480 billion is lost in direct health care and $1.24 trillion in productivity loss. 

Achieving healthy weight loss is not about a “diet” or “program” but a lifestyle with healthy eating patterns, regular physical activity, and stress management. 

To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, Dr. Chumakova-Orin recommends: 

  • Starting slow and making small changes over time
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Adding fruits and vegetables to your meals and snacks
  • Reducing or eliminating sugar and refined carbohydrates
  • Add cardio, like walking, to your workout
  • Include a weight or resistance workout such as yoga
  • Keep your servings small and use small plates
  • Get plenty of rest

To learn more about the health impact of obesity and tips for healthy weight loss, please contact Lori Parker at [email protected]  to arrange to interview Dr. Maryna Chumakova-Orin. 

About Dignity Health’s Pacific Central Coast Health Centers

A service of Dignity Health, Pacific Central Coast Centers (PHC) is a non-profit clinic organization comprised of nearly 50 community health centers located in cities spanning from Northern San Luis Obispo County in Templeton down to Ventura County and in The Central Valley as well.  Our experienced doctors and medical offices provide a wide range of health care services that include primary care, urgent care and specialty care medical and surgical services. PHC is a part of Dignity Health Central Coast’s award-winning network of outstanding hospitals, imaging centers, laboratories and post-acute centers composed of expert physicians and advanced practice providers. 


For media-related questions, please contact:

Lori Parker
Marketing Manager
Pacific Central Coast Health Centers
(805) 739-3574