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Weight Loss Support Group Meeting Minutes

September 18th, 2018 – Mind Over Body Image

  Dr. Sabapathy started by defining body image as “…the perception of how we see ourselves or are taught to see ourselves.”  It is linked to our self-esteem and shaped by our experiences.  It is not gender based, and is usually either positive or negative.  We tend to see the following characteristics with a positive […]

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September 4th, 2018 – Rachelle Vigna’s Journey and the Susan G. Komen Event

Rachelle is one of our patients who had a gastric sleeve surgery about 2 years ago.  She came to share her journey and her experience with walking 60 miles in 3 days only 3 months after surgery. Rachelle had a lap band placed elsewhere a number of years ago, and had problem with vomiting after […]

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August 25th, 2018 – Sleep Apnea: When Will It Go Away?

Facilitated by: Dr. Eveloff, Sleep Medicine Dr. Eveloff is a sleep medicine physician and works with patients who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  He said that  most explanations of sleep apnea are incorrectly saying that a person stops breathing at night while asleep.  It isn’t that you stop breathing, but that you have an episode […]

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August 7, 2018 – Sleep: an Essential Element for Weight Loss

Katie presented information on how essential sleep is to weight management.  Research shows that adults need between 7 – 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. That means that over a third of the population is considered sleep deprived, getting 6 ½ hours or less a night.  The reasons include: We live in a very […]

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July 26, 2018 – Group Feedback & Suggestions

Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN & Program Coordinator Had a small group today and continued with getting feedback on subjects patients want to hear more about, suggestions for making changes to support groups, and things patients need to know.  Some of the items patients would have liked to know at discharge are: Directions for taking omeprazole […]

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July 3, 2018 – Support Group Roundtable

Facilitated by:  Laura hernandez, RD and Chris Bovos,  RN The July 3rd support group was designed to be a feedback session to better learn the support group needs of our patients.  We identified and discussed topics that patients felt would be the most helpful to have more  information on.  Chris shared a sheet with “The […]

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June 16, 2018 – Exercising Away Those “Jiggly” Underarms

Facilitator:  Barb Cashman, PT Bariatric Center of Kansas City Physical Therapist, Barb Cashman, came to support group to talk about excess skin and ways to decrease the amount of excess skin that hangs from the underarm after weight loss.  The elasticity plays a large part in how much you can decrease that, including genetics, how […]

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June 5, 2017 – Vegetarian Options after Bariatric Surgery

Facilitator:  Annie Epp, RD, LD While many people prefer a vegetarian lifestyle, it is difficult to meet the protein needs without eating too many carbohydrates.  Also, because some patients struggle with eating meat after surgery, and others get tired of just eating meat.  It is helpful to add in some vegetarian options that may be […]

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May 1, 2018 – Tai Chi for Core Strength and Balance

Facilitators:  Sensai Janelle and Gary from USSD Lenexa Sensai Janelle first explained the two different styles of martial arts classes that they teach. First being Kempo, an active style- the yang version; and Tai Chi, a slower focused style- the ying version. She went on to explain that during Tai Chi one uses slow, relaxed […]

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April 21, 2018 – Back on Track with a 5 Day Pouch “Re-set”

Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN, CBN This support group information is intended for patients who are at least 1 year out from surgery and have experienced weight regain. This information is not intended for patients who are still losing weight or are less than a year out from surgery and their weight loss is stalled – […]

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