Support Group Minutes

Facilitator:  Dr. Ravi Sabapathy Dr. Sabapathy started by explaining that since a scale is just a unit of measurement, it can become an interference in our weight loss process if we let it.  He wanted to address how you keep it from becoming a mental hurdle. He pointed out that there is a process to learning anything we achieve, and that this process goes beyond just a metric, like our…

April 3, 2018 – Beyond the Scale's Story »

 

Facilitated by Chris Bovos, BSN, CBN 91% of hair is made of a structural protein called keratin, with the rest being trace vitamins and minerals and melanin for color. You are born with about 5 million hair follicles on your body and the average hair will grow about ½ an inch a month or 6 inches a year. There are 4 stages of hair growth: • Anagen stage – lasts…

March 22, 2018 – Hair Loss After Weight Loss Surgery's Story »

 

Facilitator:  Kari McKeown, RPT Kari is one of the physical therapists in the Comprehensive Care Office of the Bariatric Center of Kansas City, and has been a physical therapist for many years.  She said the research and her own experience demonstrate that patients who begin physical therapy and become active prior to a surgery have better outcomes after surgery.  There is a new area of research that is discovering why.…

March 6, 2018 – Muscles & Myokines's Story »

 

Facilitator: Laura Hernandez, RD, LD Laura Hernandez, lead dietitian at the Bariatric Center of Kansas City, explained that the human microbiome is the collection of all the microbes in the human body.  Microbes are tiny living organisms such as bacterium, fungus, viruses, etc, and there are over 300 species of bacteria alone.  Our intestinal tract, mostly the colon, contains about 100 trillion microbes. These microbes control some of the body’s…

February 24, 2018 – Human Microbiome: GI Health After Bariatric Surgery's Story »

 

Facilitated by Greg Justice, M.ED, Owner AYC Fitness Greg talked to the group about metabolism, how to boost it, and the importance of mixing strength and resistance training into your routine.  Metabolism is the total sum of all the chemical reactions that take place in your body. The four components of metabolism are: Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) – what your body burns due to normal breathing, heart pumping, resting activity…

February 6, 2018 – HIIT Training to Increase Metabolism's Story »

 

Facilitated by Dr. Michelle Coker, Clinical Psychologist One of the triggers for eating is our emotions.  We use food to soothe ourselves in many stressful situations, but it can be controlled with some awareness.  Dr. Coker talked about a simple way to clarify why we are eating called HALT:             H – Hungry:     Do I need something physically or emotionally?  Find what will fill you.             A – Angry:       What…

January 25, 2018 – HALT Emotional Eating's Story »

 

Facilitated by Chris Bovos, BSN, CBN The following is an outline summary of the food label presentation given at the January 2nd support group meeting.   This information has been written up in more detail and presented in a blog article that can be viewed on our blog page:  Healthy Eating - The Importance of Understanding Food Labeling Certified Organic Most meaningful Cannot be grown with fertilizers, synthetic pesticides or sewage…

January 2, 2018 – Food Labels – What Does It All Mean?'s Story »

 

Facilitated by:  Kari McKeown, RPT  and Barb Cashman, RPT Our two new physical therapists in the office were introduced and they spoke briefly about how they would be meeting with all patients pre-operatively to do a physical evaluation of mobility and making recommendations for activity that can be started prior to surgery.  Kari shared the information from an article that states “Sitting is the New Smoking,” and how we spend…

November 7, 2017 – Setting & Meeting Activity Goals's Story »

 

Facilitators: Laura Hernandez, RD & Anne Epp, RD [caption id="attachment_3454" align="alignright" width="300"]                 Bariatric Apple Pie Protein Bars[/caption] Laura and Anne, our new dietitian, made some no-bake bariatric Apple Pie Protein Bars.  The recipe is below.  Everyone got to try them, and discussed ways that the recipe can be modified for individual tastes.  One 1” square of the bars contained 38 calories, 1.9…

October 19, 2017 – Making Seasonal Protein Bars's Story »

 

The different components that the body is composed of are: Bones Organs Muscles Fat Along with water, these are what our bodies are made up of.  When we talk about your “fat free mass” we are talking about water, bones, organs and muscles.  Once you have finished growing, your bones and organs don’t grow anymore – they continue to weigh about the same throughout adulthood.  The two areas that you…

October 3, 2017 – Body Composition's Story »