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Let's Go for Science: Lymphedema, Obesity and Treatment This is a past event.

Let's Go for Science: Lymphedema, Obesity and Treatment

Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Des Moines University Clinic, Physical Therapy Clinic, 8th Floor

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Iowa is among seven states with an obesity rate among adults that is greater than 35 percent. It it expected to grow by 50 percent by 2030. Obesity is well known for its association with many diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. It is also highly correlated with lymphedema and lipidemia due to fat cells influencing lymphatic function. Unfortunately, the traditional approach for the treatment of obesity with diet and exercise fails 95 percent of the time and we need to do more! Learn about the science behind lymphedema and obesity along with an effective science-based, comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach for its treatment among obese patients by DMU physical therapist, Kate Cardamon. A HyVee dietitian, Courtney Slater, will provide information about a 10-week Begin Program, a lifestyle management program.



Kate Cardamon, P.T., M.P.T., CLT-LANA, PYT-C, is a physical therapist in the DMU Physical Therapy Clinic. After working two years in acute care, she moved to the outpatient physical therapy realm where she has continued to provide physical therapy services. Kate provides outpatient orthopedic services and has specialized in pelvic physical therapy and treatment of lymphedema. She is a certified lymphedema therapist with LANA certification. She is also certified in professional yoga therapy and is a trigger point dry needling therapist. She has been treating pelvic floor dysfunction and lymphedema for over 20 years. She earned her M.P.T. degree at the University of Iowa.


Courtney Slater, R.D., L.D., CDE, is passionate about helping customers make positive changes in their lifestyles, one small step at a time. Her goal at HyVee is to increase awareness in the surrounding community of the impact nutrition can have on disease treatment and prevention, well-being and quality of life. She specializes in diabetes and has special interests in intuitive eating, corporate wellness and chronic disease management.

Courtney received a bachelor of arts degree in education from Grand View University and a bachelor of science degree in dietetics from Iowa State University, where she also completed her dietetic internship.

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Students, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Prospective Students, Public


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Sandi Schroeder

Sandi Schroeder left a positive review 7/17/2019

I thought the Lymphedema portion of the presentation was very good and informative! The Hy-Vee portion just seemed like an advertisement for their services and could have been a little shorter.

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