Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups

VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUPS

 

For Support Group Information: 

We offer support groups for patients who are working on weight loss and considering, preparing for weight loss surgery or have had weight loss surgery.   There is no cost for this opportunity. 

You are invited to attend the Virtual Support Groups provided by any of the following locations:

1.    Southdale via Microsoft Teams with Donna Ziemer, RN

2.   Maplewood via Microsoft Teams with Paul Bagdade, PhD, LP

3.   Maplewood via Microsoft Teams with Emily Feig, RN

4.   University of Minnesota via Microsoft Teams with Emily Kline, NBC-HWC

M Health Fairview Southdale Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

Fairview Southdale Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

The support group is a patient-lead forum that meets monthly to share experiences, encouragement and education. It is open to those who have had weight loss surgery, are scheduled for surgery, and those who are considering surgery.


WHEN: This group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5:00PM – 6:00PM virtually using Microsoft Teams.

FACILITATOR: Led by Donna Ziemer, the program's Clinical Coordinator.
TO REGISTER: Please contact the clinic via MyChart orcall the nurse line directly at 952-345-4198 to inform our staff that you would like an invite sent to you and to let us know the email you would like the invite sent to. Prior to the meeting, a link with directions on how to join the meeting will be sent to you.


2021 Meetings

August 18: "Let's Talk" a time for the group to share.
September 15: "Let's Talk" a time for the group to share.
October 20: "Let's Talk" a time for the group to share.
November 17: "Let's Talk" a time for the group to share. 
December 15: Robin Quast, RD, LD will speak, Topic TBD.

M Health Fairview Clinics and Specialty Center - Maplewood Support Groups

Connections: Bariatric Care Support Group 

This is open to all M Health Fairview (and those external to this program) pre- and post- operative bariatric surgery patients as well as their support system.


WHEN: This group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM virtually using Microsoft Teams.
FACILITATOR: Led by Paul Bagdade, Ph.D who is a Licensed Psychologist with the M Health Fairview Comprehensive Weight Management Program.
TO REGISTER: Please send an email to Paul Bagdade, Ph.D., LP at paul.bagdade@fairview.org if you would like an invitation to the group and to learn about using Microsoft Teams.


2021 Meetings


August 10: Open Forum

September 14: Guest Speaker: Emily Feig, RN,CBN, CIC, M Health Fairivew Comprehensive Weight Management Program, "Your Hospital Stay and Post-Operative Compliance"

October 12: Open Forum

November 9: Guest Speaker: Kayley Gamm, RD,LD, M Health Fairivew Comprehensive Weight Management Program,"Holiday Eating".

December 14: Guest Speaker Valerie Lemaine, MD, MPH, FRCSC, Plastic Surgery Consultants, "Body Contouring Surgery for Bariatric Surgery Patients"


 Connections: Post-Operative Bariatric Surgery Support Group


This is a support group for M Health Fairview bariatric patients (and those external to M Health Fairview) who have had bariatric surgery and are at least 3 months post-surgery.


WHEN: This support group meets the 4th Wednesday of the month from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM virtually using Microsoft Teams.
FACILITATOR: Led by Certified Bariatric Nurse, Emily Feig, RN.
TO REGISTER: Please send an email to Emily at emily.feig@fairview.org if you would like an invitation to the group and to learn about using Microsoft Teams.


M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center Healthy Lifestyle Virtual Support Group

Healthy Lifestyle Virtual Support Group 

This is 60 minutes of small group guided discussion, support and resources. All are welcome who want a healthy lifestyle.


WHEN: This group meets monthly on a Friday from 12:30 PM - to 1:30 PM virtually using Microsoft Teams.

FACILITATOR: Led by National Board Certified Health Coach, Emily Kline, NBC-HWC.
TO REGISTER: Please send an email to Emily at emily.kline@fairview.org to receive monthly invites to the group or if you have any questions about having a health coach.  Prior to the meeting, a link with directions on how to join the meeting will be sent to you.


2021 Meetings


August 27: Open Forum

September 24: Sleep and the 7 Types of Rest

October 29: Open Forum

November 19: Gratitude  

December 10: Open Forum