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Weight Loss Support Group Meeting Minutes

December 15, 2016 – Small Group Support Meeting Minutes

Bariatric Support Group Date: December 15, 2016 Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN, CBN   Chris reviewed some of the high points from Dr. Saradih’s talk last time and answered questions from several patients who stated their weight loss has stalled.  This can be very frustrating, and sometimes understanding how energy is managed by the body can […]

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December 1, 2016 – Nutritional Deficiencies & Follow-up

Bariatric Support Group Date: December 1, 2016 The presentation highlighted nutritional deficiencies,  the need for follow-up to prevent them and how we take in macronutrients and micronutrients in our diet. Macronutrients are: Protein – body uses it for growth, and used for energy in starvation mode – need 1 gm per kg of body weight […]

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November 19, 2016 – Small Group Meeting

Bariatric Support Group Date: November 19, 2016 Facilitator:  Laura Hernandez, RD, LD Chris shared information that she and Laura received at the annual meeting of the ASMBS and TOS (American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and The Obesity Society).  There is an enormous amount of research going on around the world regarding the metabolic […]

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October 20, 2016 – Small Group Discussions

Bariatric Support Group Date: October 20, 2016 Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN and Laura Hernandez, RD We had a small group of folks for support group, and Chris and Laura just made one circle and we had a great discussion among the group.  We had patients who were only a couple of weeks out from surgery […]

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October 6, 2016 – Macro-nutrients & Regular Exercise Help Maximize Post-Surgery Weight Loss

Bariatric Support Group Date: October 6, 2016 Facilitator:  Whitney Venegoni, NP   Nurse Practitioner, Whitney Venegoni, began with a short presentation on the 3 main macronutrients the body needs to remain healthy – Proteins, Carbohydrates and Lipids (Fats).  She started with protein, which is always stressed.  She talked about how important protein is for your muscles […]

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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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