Provider Spotlight: Bethany Enoch, MD

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas has been chosen to participate in an obesity study conducted by the University of Kansas Medical Center.       The study is focused on rural areas and is targeted at examining and helping researchers determine the best way to treat obesity, according to Dr. Bethany Enoch. The Pittsburg-based health provider will be involved through finding 40 Southeast Ka  nsas residents who volunteer to be counseled one-on-one, she said. 

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas has been chosen to participate in an obesity study conducted by the University of Kansas Medical Center.

The study is focused on rural areas and is targeted at examining and helping researchers determine the best way to treat obesity, according to Dr. Bethany Enoch. The Pittsburg-based health provider will be involved through finding 40 Southeast Kansas residents who volunteer to be counseled one-on-one, she said. 

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Filler text: "Once the patient is approved by KU to participate an appointment is made here at the clinic," she said.

Letters have been sent to some CHC-SEK patients to see if they are interested, McNay said.

"Letters were sent to 400 patients between the ages of 20 and 75 and whose BMI (body mass index) fell into the range of 30-to-45," McNay said.

The first patient meeting the criteria has already been met with, she said.

The BMI rating is commonly used as a barometer of obesity. CHC-SEK Director of Community Relations Bob Burk said statewide studies indicate about 30 percent of Kansans have a BMI of 30 percent or more.

"The percentages for the nine county (Southeast Kansas) area are higher, including Cherokee County which has the highest percentage in the state," Burk said.

The average BMI for Cherokee County is 39 percent, he said.

About 35 percent of Crawford County's population has a body mass index of 30 or more. Bourbon and Labette counties have about 36 percent of the population with a BMI of 30 or higher; Montgomery County has 35 percent; Allen County, 34 percent; Neosho County, 33 percent; Wilson County, 31 percent; and Woodson County had the lowest population with a BMI index of 30 or more with 30 percent, he said.

Enoch said the counseling focuses in part on scientifically driven patient-centered programs that promote healthy eating, physical activity and successful long term weight control.