The Fairview Southdale Hospital Weight Loss Surgery Support Group is a patient-lead forum that meets monthly at the hospital. Facilitated by our staff, the support group shares experiences, provides encouragement and education, and is open to those who have had weight loss surgery, are scheduled for surgery, and those considering surgery.
Support group sessions take place the third Wednesday of the month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Fairview Southdale Hospital in the Au Fait Nursing Education Room.
January 20th – We welcome Victoria Stromme, licensed Zumba instructor who is also a weight loss patient. She will share her weight loss journey and how it empowered her to become more physically active.
February 17th – Back by popular request: “Big Pants” night. This is a night when patients share their journeys and successes. Bring pictures of your journey if you’d like to share.
March 16th – Let’s try some nutritional supplements and protein bars before you buy. There will be several provided for tasting, and if you would like one to share, please bring it along.
April 20th – Robin Quast, RD, LD will discuss and bring recipes as requested.
May 18th – We welcome Victoria Stromme, Licensed Zumba instructor, who is also a weight loss patient. She will share her weight loss journey and how it empowered her to become more physically active.
June 15th – David F. Ruebeck, MD, FACS, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, will share information regarding post-operative plastic surgery procedures for bariatric surgery patients.
July 20th – Our annual summer picnic in the Au Fait Room. Please bring a dish to share if you wish. Beverages and tableware provided. This will be a time to socialize, share experiences and talk as a group.
August 17th – Let’s talk – a day devoted to answer questions about surgery and to discuss both the pre-op and post-op journeys.
September 21st – Laura Nielsen, Psy.D. LP and Julia Reid, PhD, LP, clinical psychologists – topic TBD.
October 19th – Fairview dietitian Janelle Melgeorge Anderson, RD, LD, MEd – topic TBD.
November 16th – A physical therapist will talk about exercise recommendations for post-operative patients.
December 21st - We will have our annual Holiday Party in the Au Fait Room. Please bring a dish to share if you wish. Beverages and tableware provided. This will be a time to socialize, share experiences and talk as a group.
January 18th – Let’s talk about last year’s successes and plan for 2017.
* We will devote at least four sessions per year to group sharing / talking instead of speakers.