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Bariatric Support Group Sessions

Every Month

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions: PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL 312-355-1493 / elrodi@uic.edu to register for the support groups. Support Group sessions are now being held virtually over Zoom instead of in-person.


The Bariatric Surgery Program hosts a monthly support group for patients who have undergone any type of bariatric surgery and for potential bariatric surgery candidates.

Our Support Group Sessions include several sections/topics and are offered for both patients interested in bariatric surgery and those who have already had bariatric surgery. The Support Groups cover the following:
 
1) Exercise 101 with Physical Therapist that will provide guidance on exercise for bariatric patients.

2) Bariatric Topic of the Month Presentation that is led by different members of the bariatric surgery team (dietitian, bariatrician, physical therapist, psychologist, plastic surgeon [post-op]) and focus on a specific topic each month.

3) Bariatric Surgeon Presentation that covers services offered in the Bariatric Surgery Program, the health risks of obesity, and how our team of bariatric health professionals will support and guide you through your journey.

Time is allotted for Q&A and for participants to share their journey with and support other attendees.

Location

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions: PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL 312.355.1493 / elrodi@uic.edu to register for the support groups. Support Group sessions are now being held virtually over Zoom instead of in-person.

Time

Evening Sessions: 5:00 pm

Bariatric Support Group Schedule

DATE LEADER TOPIC FACULTY LEADER LOCATION
January 4th
5:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 Dr. Mario Masrur VIRTUAL SESSION 
ZOOM MEETING
Alison Newman How to Get Back-On-Track
February 1st
5:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 Dr. Chandra Hassan VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Jamie Appelbaum Setting Effective Goals for Lifestyle
Changes
March 1st
5:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 Dr. Huy Hoang VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Heather Eisele Emotional Eating
April 5th
5:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 Dr. Francesco Bianco VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Alina Kraft Non-Scale Victories
May 3rd
5:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 Dr. Lisa Shimotake VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Ann Quinn Mindful Eating
June 7th
5:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 Dr. Chandra Hassan VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Rich Severin Pain Management
July 5th
5:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 Dr. Mario Masrur VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Mario Masrur Surgical Treatment in Patients
Suffering from Obesity
August 2nd
5:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 Dr. Huy Hoang VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Reed Berger Vitamins
September 6th
5:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 Dr. Francesco Bianco VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Janette Cino Bariatric Grocery List and Meal Prep
Ideas
October 4th
5:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 Dr. Lisa Shimotake VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Amy Bachman What to Expect Before and After
Bariatric Surgery
November 1st
5:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 Dr. Chandra Hassan VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Jeremy O’Neal Eating Over the Holidays

Connect to Virtual Bariatric Support Group
If you are interested in participating in any of the Virtual Bariatric Support Group Sessions listed on the schedule above, please contact Irene Rivera for Zoom Meeting connection details at: 312.355.1493 or elrodi@uic.edu.