HOPE Partnership with NFL Players Association


Dr. Yadegar is proud to support the NFL Players Association, the Living Heart Foundation, and Covidien to Provide HOPE for those suffering from the disease of obesity, because the goal of HEALTH is more important than touchdowns.

Professional football players set the standard for athleticism and determination. Nothing keeps them from their goals. But once their playing days come to a close, many former NFL players struggle with keeping a healthy weight. Off the field, being big is no longer a benefit-it’s a serious health risk. Once their playing days are over, being big is as much of a problem for them as it is for the rest of us.

But HOPE is on the way.

We are excited to share our support of the HOPE: Heart, Obesity, Prevention, Education Program, a national research initiative designed to raise awareness around weight and disease management, which was launched by the NFL Players Association, the Living Heart Foundation and Covidien.

The first HOPE study occurred at Temple University Hospital, under the leadership of Gary Foster, PhD, Director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University School of Medicine, in October 2012.

The goal behind the HOPE Program is to make it easier for people suffering from the disease of obesity to get the information and tools they need to lose weight and treat weight-related diseases.

Together, we can help make ourselves and our communities healthier and create even more HOPE for the future.

In this video, former Philadelphia Eagles player, Barrett Brooks talks about how he gained weight after retiring from the NFL.

Barrett Brooks chose to have the Sleeve Gastrectomy. In this video, he discusses life after weight loss surgery.

Mr. Brooks explains why he chose to be involved with the HOPE Program and how he responds to people who tell him weight loss surgery is the easy way out.