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Weight Loss Support Group Meeting Minutes

September 17, 2016 – Small Groups & Pumpkin Pudding

Bariatric Support Group Date: September 17, 2016 Facilitator:  Laura Hernandez, MBA, RD, LD As we move into fall, Laura wanted to share a pureed pumpkin pudding that patients can make when they start the pureed foods in their post-operative diet progression.  It does not contain sugar so is something any of our patients can make.  […]

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September 1, 2016 – Music Therapy for Stress Control

Bariatric Support Group Date: September 1, 2016 Facilitator:  Janalea Hoffman, Music Therapist   Janalea Hoffman has been providing music therapy at Shawnee Mission Medical Center for 12 years, and works with oncology patients, surgical patients, and patients experiencing pain or stress.  She spoke about how music can be used therapeutically and for recreation, and there […]

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August 18, 2016 – Changing Habits

Dr. Sabapathy discussed changing habits with the group. He used the acronym CARE to explain the change process. C – Concern: first we have a concern about something that makes us want to make a change. For our patients it is usually a concern about their health. This starts the process. A – Awareness: Becoming […]

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August 4, 2016 – Food & Family / Eating Disorders after Surgery

How Family and Friends Affect Bariatric Surgery Success A great support system is critical to the long-term success of a post-operative bariatric surgery patient. Part of a patient’s responsibility, starting even before surgery, is to plan for and create the support structure that will help them reach their weight loss goals. Support and motivation from […]

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July 23, 2016 – Anti-inflammatory Foods

Bariatric Support Group Date: July 23, 2016 Facilitator:  Laura Hernandez, MBA, RD, LD  A large percentage of our patients take or have taken NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Advil and Aleve for inflammation in their joints.  When you have surgery, those are no longer an option except on a very rare occasion or with approval […]

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June 2, 2016 – Hair Loss

Bariatric Support Group Date: June 2, 2106 / Facilitator: Chris Bovos, RN, CBN / Chris reviewed how hair grows, why you go through a period of hair thinning about 3 – 4 months after surgery, and what things you can do if it doesn’t start growing back after that happens. All hair goes through 3 […]

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May 21, 2016 – HIIT Exercise Training

Bariatric Support Group Date: May 21, 2016 / Facilitator: Greg Justice, M.ED. Greg talked to the group about metabolism, how to boost it, and the importance of mixing strength and resistance training into your routine. Greg started by explaining that metabolism is the total sum of all the chemical reactions that take place in your […]

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May 5, 2016 – Weight Loss Process & Expectations

Bariatric Support Group Date: May 5, 2016 / Facilitator: Dr. Hassan Saradih Dr. Saradih began his discussion of what happens in the body when you lose weight by reviewing what we know about energy.  Energy is measured in calories, and calories are composed of Proteins, Fats, Carbohydrates and Alcohol.  The energy you burn, or Total […]

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April 7, 2016 – Meditation for Inner Peace

Bariatric Support Group Date: April 7, 2016 Facilitator: Rosie Dominguez and Chris Bovos, RN, CBN Chris introduced Rosie Dominguez, who is a spiritual and wellness coach.  Rosie shared her story of how she used to have a very stress filled job for many years, and then with the illness of her mother, began a shift […]

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March 26, 2016 – Cortisol and How it Affects You

Bariatric Support Group Date: March 26, 2015 Facilitator:  Laura Hernandez, MBA, RD, LD Laura spoke about cortisol, the “fight or flight” hormone that is released by the adrenal glands when we are stressed.  Normally when we get into a stressful situation or become afraid, our adrenal glands produce cortisol and adrenaline.  The cortisol helps to […]

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