Beth Hixson, left, and Caroline Housley help local residents achieve weight-loss goals at Rhea Health in downtown Dayton.
Whether hoping to lose weight as part of a New Year's resolution or for the upcoming swimsuit season, area residents could get a little help from a local weight-loss clinic.
Rhea Health, located at 225 Second Ave. in Dayton, is currently helping nearly 200 patients achieve their weight-loss goals, according to Rhea Health co-owner Beth Hixson.
"We're here for support," Hixson said. "We treat patients like family, like we would want to be treated."
Caroline Housley, who owns the clinic with Hixson, said Rhea Health offers a wide variety of weight-loss assistance products - everything from herbal-based appetite suppressants to fat-burning injections.
Rhea Health, which doubles as a billing and collection agent for insurance companies, is open on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. for its weight loss program, and Hixson said many patients have had success with the program.
"Our passion is patient-based," she said. "We've had several people lose over 50 pounds."
While weight-loss medicine is helpful in achieving and maintaining a desired and healthy weight, Hixson said, patients should not underestimate the power and need of maintaining a healthy diet.
"Of course no medicine is going to do the trick by itself," she said. "You've got to put a little will-power behind it also."
Rhea Health recommends a daily caloric intake of between 1,000 and 1,600 calories while taking weight-loss medication, and the clinic provides sample diets to patients to help keep them on the weight-loss track.
During the weight-loss program on Thursday evenings, Hixson said a certified nurse practitioner is on hand to talk to patients and offer advice in addition to checking current weight, blood pressure and body mass index. In addition, patients will also undergo a physical examination while at the clinic.
Some medicines do require a prescription, Hixson said, and when necessary, Rhea Health prefers to keep business local by doing business with newly-opened pharmacy Dayton Drug and Wellness, located on Rhea County Highway.
"We do like to promote doing business in Dayton," Hixson said. "I know a lot of business don't do that, but we prefer to keep business local."
Injections can cost anywhere from $10 to $25 per injection, and appetite suppressants range in cost from $40 to $135 for a combination of suppressants. While hoping for increased success, Hixson and Housley said they are planning to eventually extend their hours beyond just Thursday evening.
"It's a very friendly environment here," Housley said. "And that's what we like to have."
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