Chicago, IL

Chicago, aptly named the Windy City as it sits on the shores Lake Michigan, is home to some of the most fitness- and health-focused individuals in the country. Chicago sets the standard for health and well-being, placing itself year after year on the list of healthiest cities in the United States. 

It goes farther than just exercising and eating right. There is a huge focus on mental health and physical well-being. Paid time off and sick days are a huge priority with employers in Chicago. Cities are assessed on nine specific policies, from clean air and food safety at restaurants, to the accessibility of healthy food options. In 2017, Chicago received an overall gold standard. It was just one of five cities nationally to receive that ranking, and the only Midwest city to do so.  

Chicago has been voted the best American city for biking in 2016. Whether you want to work out alone or with a group, you have options. Explore parks, walk along the lake, or try out a new health spot. Check out a few great meet-ups here: 

And if running is your thing, take the time to prep and qualify for the annual Chicago half marathon and 5K:

Chicago is constantly working to improve their standards, from raising the legal age for individuals to purchase tobacco products, to providing healthy options in vending machines. There are also effective bariatric surgery options, like the LAP-BAND System, an effective weight loss procedure available for individuals who are struggling to lose weight. Surgeons in the area have the same focus on total wellness that the city of Chicago embraces. The LAP-BAND System is a non-anatomy gastric banding procedure that is performed laparoscopically, which allows patients to recover quickly and take advantage of all the fit-focused events Chicago has to offer. Enter your ZIP code below to find bariatric surgeons near you that offer the LAP-BAND, an effective, safer and customizable weight loss surgery option.

Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information

The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.

The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results, who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.

The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.

Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Most common related adverse events include: Band slippage, pouch dilation, stoma obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal dilation, cholelithiasis, incisional infection, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.

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