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    HEALTH CONNECTION SEPTEMBER 2011 1

    HEALTH

    CONNECTION

    HEALTH

    CONNECTIONINDEX

    10 changes you can make10 changes you can make

    to help your heartto help your heart

    PPage 12age 12

    Delicious garlic dishes!Delicious garlic dishes!

    PPage 14age 14

    Extra help in battlingExtra help in battlingpregnancpregnancy depressiony depression

    PPage 20age 20From 585 to 211 pounds 7

    Advertiser index 2

    AtlantiCare:A routine for your heart 4

    Health profession classifieds 24

    Healthy eating: Garlic 14

    Heart-healthy choices 12

    Keep your baby cool when the weather is warm 3

    Local help,support groups 22

    South Jersey Healthcare: Community service 18

    ON THE COVER: Adam Slack of Mays Landing shows the dramatic difference in his clothing size after losing

    almost 375 pounds.Photo by Craig Matthews. Cover design by Joe Moore.

    Health Connection is published by The Daily Journal. It contains news and information about local healthissues,options, tips,profiles of people in our health communities and more.

    The next issue will be published Sept. 21.

    If you would like to submit information or suggest a story idea for Health Connection,please contact editor Melissa Pileiro at mpileiro@gannett.com or (856) 563-5249.

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    HEALTH CONNECTION6 September 2011

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    HEALTH CONNECTION September 2011 7

    By MELISSA PILEIROStaff Writer

    mpileiro@gannett.com

    Adam Slack was lying to himself.He told his family and friends he was

    only 450 pounds. But one day, as hestruggled onto an MRI table afterinjuring his back, he would have to facethe truth.

    The machine had a weight limit of525 pounds. It whirred to life, only topromptly shut down again. And thats

    when he knew he was in trouble.In the most condescending, rude

    way, the technician said they wouldrefer me to a veterinary clinic, Slacksaid. The machines they used therewere for horses. I never went I could-nt stand the humiliation.

    Yet even that wasnt enough motiva-tion. He was too big, he figured, and itwas just too late.

    Instead, he kept eating the same wayhe had for years: two family-sized bagsof potato chips; a whole pizza loaded

    with toppings then dipped in ketchupand mayo; salad bowls piled full of fries.

    Most of the time, he said, those werethe snacks.

    I was never hungry because I wasalways eating, said Slack, 37, of MaysLanding. Eating was just something Idid because it was there.

    The moment that changed his lifearrived in June 2008.

    While working the night shift as asecurity guard at the Trump Plaza casi-no, the floor started to seem like it was

    bubbling and tilting.I just went to my knees, he said. I

    dont even remember getting to theambulance.

    At the hospital, Adams blood pres-sure was more than twice the healthyrange for a man. The doctor at his sideasked if would prefer a long or shortobituary.

    He weighed 585 pounds. Thats a size68.

    Infuriated, Slack kicked the doctor

    Staff photo/Craig Matthews

    Adam Slackof Mays Landing,now at 211 pounds, puts on an old shirt to demonstrate just how much weight hes lost.I was never hungry because I was always eating, he said.

    From 585585 to 211 pounds

    See 585 POUNDS on Page 8

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    HEALTH CONNECTION8 September 2011

    out of his hospital room and spent thenext two hours alone with his thoughts and the doctors brutal truth.

    Everyone wants to leave a legacybehind, he said. All I knew was that Ididnt want to leave my wife and kidswithout a father.

    He woke up the next morning with anew agenda.

    If he wanted to see his next birthday,he needed to lose weight.

    Michele, his wife of 15 years and highschool sweetheart, was skeptical.

    I didnt think he could do it, sheadmits now. I didnt think he had theself-control.

    In the end, it was their