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St. Joseph's, Essentia offering weight management retreat

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Center for Weight Management and Essentia Health Park Rapids Clinic partner to bring A Weekend in the Pines retreat for anyone interested in weight management.

This includes surgical or non-surgical weight-loss patients or anyone interested in learning about weight-loss treatment options available to them.

The retreat will be held Friday afternoon and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, at the Smokey Hills Wilderness Retreat and Conference Center in Osage. It is a perfect fall setting for a luxurious fall atmosphere with coaching from the Center for Weight Management professionals available to you at a five to one ratio.

Register now and take advantage of early-bird rates.

This year, A Weekend in the Pines theme will take participants on a journey to "Let Go... Heal Your Soul."

We will have weight-loss experts from a variety of medical disciplines comprising a "Dream Team" question and answer panel, a motivational speaker, education, spa treatments, mentor groups, cooking demonstrations, movement, a Walk From Obesity geocaching event and opportunities for all to let go of the past and embrace a new life.

The Walk from Obesity is a public event to be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. The Center for Weight Management will provide all of the equipment you need to join in on a fun walk that helps to raise funds for obesity research, prevention, education and treatment. Recruit your friends and colleagues to participate in a multiple of ways.

You can do the walk and scout for geocaching "treasures" using GPS devices or make a difference in the lives of those touched by obesity and donate online at

A Weekend in the Pines is designed to leave participants inspired. It allows for personal reflection, forgiveness, healing, strength and resolve to embrace a positive outlook going forward.

For more information or to register, contact Arlys at 237-5588 or

Information can also be found at weightmanage