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Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in America. Despite its lethality it is not America’s costliest health problem. That distinction goes to an epidemic that began less than 30 years ago and accounts for 20 percent of total U.S. healthcare spending. Presently this scourge affects one-third of adults. By 2030 it could affect as many as 42 percent of adults. Of the ten most common causes of death, four are influenced by this health problem.

That malady is known as the obesity epidemic.

The number of U.S. citizens who are affected by obesity is staggering – 78 million adults and nearly 13 million children.

A particularly alarming consequence of the obesity epidemic is its effect on children. Eighty percent of obese children remain obese as adults. Health problems that obese children carry into adulthood include diseases of the liver, heart, lung and joints as well as type 2 diabetes. Although type 2 diabetes formerly was referred to as “adult-onset diabetes,” this designation has become a misnomer with the recent surge in the number of children with type 2 diabetes.


The Foundation for Angel Medical Center recently held their first ever road rally to rave reviews by participants. The event, held on Saturday, May 5, raised nearly $5,000 to benefit the Outpatient Medicine Expansion project at Angel Medical Center.

“We would like to congratulate our winners, Craig and Laura Doolittle,” said Don Capaforte, foundation director. The Doolittles were awarded $350 for finishing in first place.

“Berita Fox finished in second place with Ed and Jane Shatley placing third,” Capaforte continued. They received $250 and $150 respectively in prize money. Winners were judged on the time taken to travel the course without going under a specified time.


Helen Carpenter (L) Widow of former state senator and longtime Rotarian Bob Carpenter is pictured with one of the Bob and Helen Carpenter Nursing Scholarship winners Stephanie Morgan (C).

Grace Kim (not pictured) also received the honor at the May 30th club meeting.

Club Member Susie Ledford (R) made the presentation.


Carole Peterson, MD, FACOG, has joined Dr. Jason Creel with the Angel OB/GYN practice and the hospital is hosting an open house for the community to meet her. The Open House will be held on Thursday, June 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the hospital dining room.

“The addition of Dr. Peterson to Angel’s current obstetrics providers along with the added benefit of launching full-time gynecology services in Franklin reinforces our commitment to quality healthcare services for our community,” said Paula Alter, Vice-President of Physician Services.

Dr. Peterson brings over 20 years of experience working in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Peterson comes to Franklin from Rochester, New York, where she was a founding partner of Women Gynecology & Childbirth Associates.



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