Largest Gift Ever for Philadelphia Free Library

The William Penn Foundation has given the Free Library of Philadelphia $25 million, the largest gift ever made to the library. (Sorry, that donation of old paperbacks you made to the Book Corner last year has been surpassed.)

The money will not go to the Moshe Safdie-designed expansion of the main branch, which is on indefinite hold. Instead, it will be spread across the entire system.

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A Father and Daughter Weight-Loss Story

Growing up in a family where obesity was the norm and she was always “a heavy kid,” Jennifer Read had seen her mother, grandmother, and aunt have bariatric surgery. By age 24, she had failed at more diets than she could count, and at just shy of 400 pounds, suffered from edema and high blood pressure. She couldn’t walk short distances without being short of breath.

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Celebs Who Lost with Bariatric Surgery

It’s easy to imagine that Hollywood A-listers all come by their perfectly slim physiques naturally—or at the very least, with the help of personal trainers, chefs, and nutritionists. That’s not always the case, though. File this under “Stars, they’re just like us” news, but plenty of well-known celebrities have achieved lasting weight-loss success through bariatric surgery. Their stories can be inspirational if you’ve ever considered a surgical procedure to help with your own obesity issues.

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Bariatric Surgery and the Bedroom

Losing a large amount of weight via bariatric surgery comes with a lot of victories, big and small. Many of them have nothing to do with the number on the scale or inside your clothing. Patients might be surprised to learn that one of the areas they may see improvement is in their love lives.

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Bariatric Surgery: Which Surgical Option is Right for You?

As patients begin exploring the benefits of weight-loss surgery, they may discover that they have more surgical options than they know about. The Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program offers a range of surgical options which, coupled with a healthy lifestyle, can help ensure lasting weight loss. Surgeons will discuss these options with their patients to determine which surgery is the best fit for their individual situation:

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