Most of us are aware of the continuing rise in the incidence of being overweight or obese in our society. It is known that obesity is the culprit of many chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. According to the World Health Organization, overweight and obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in our country, second to tobacco use or smoking. In an effort to fight this epidemic and to improve our community's health, Trinity Regional Medical Center's Healthy Living Department will be offering a new weight loss/weight maintenance program called Healthy Weight 4 Life. The goal of this program is to create a healthy community by giving health information, motivation and increased momentum toward reaching individuals goals through group participation. This program is not just another "weight loss" program, but could be better described as an "improvement in lifestyle habits" program. By improving lifestyle, weight loss often occurs.