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Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, our usual in-person support group meetings have been canceled.

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Bariatric weight loss surgery support groups

This group is tailored to people who have had weight-loss surgery at Salem Health in the past or who are currently undergoing evaluation in our program.

Meetings are held:
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
In-person support group meetings are canceled, due to COVID-19, until further notice.
Virtual meetings are being held via Zoom meetings listed below.

About our leaders:

  • Steve Besing, PhD, the clinical psychologist at the Bariatric Surgery Center for over 10 years.

2021 support group sessions

Date

Day

Facilitator

Topic

Jan. 12

Tuesday

Steve Besing, PhD

Stress Management Approaches

Jan. 21

Thursday

Julie PT
Jordain OT

Meet with our clinic therapists to talk about getting active.

Feb. 9

Tuesday

Steve Besing, PhD

Practicing Mindfulness

Feb. 18

Thursday

Brenda Burnette, RN 

Ask a Salem Hospital, Building B, 5 South post-op nurse about your recovery

Mar. 9

Tuesday

Steve Besing, PhD

Triggers and Solutions for Emotional Eating

Mar. 18

Thursday

 

Find out how to get active and have fun with Susan Gallagher at Gallagher Fitness Resources

Apr. 13

Tuesday

Steve Besing, PhD

Overcoming Body Image Issues

Apr. 15

Thursday

 

On hold

May 11

Tuesday

Steve Besing, PhD

Stress Management Approaches

May 20

Thursday

 

Ask our dietitian all your questions

June 8

Tuesday

Steve Besing, PhD

Practicing Mindfulness
Mindfulness means being aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Learn practices to relax the body and mind and help you focus on your health goals.

June 17

Thursday

Dann Leonard, MD

Leonard Plastic Surgery
Dr. Leonard will discuss options for post weight loss body contouring.

July 13

Tuesday

Steve Besing, PhD

Triggers and Solutions for Emotional Eating
Emotional eating can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. The good news is you can take steps to regain control of your eating habits and get back on track with your weight-loss goals.

July 15

Thursday

Salem Health Community Health Education Center

Empowered Relief
Learn simple tools you can use at home to reduce and manage pain.

Aug. 10

Tuesday

Steve Besing, PhD

Overcoming Body Image Issues
Identify what body image issues are and what you can do to heal from them.

Aug. 19

Thursday

Note: No Zoom meeting;
Meet at Riverfront Park at 6:30 p.m.

Walk with Willamette Wanderers
Meet at Tom McCall statue at Riverfront Park for a 2-mile walk (or less based on your needs). Learn about weekly walks for fun and friendship happening in Salem. Bring water. Summer Strolls happening now:

https://willwander.weebly.com/walk-wus.html

Sept. 14

Tuesday

Steve Besing, PhD

Stress management approaches
Stress can trigger a host of problems, but
there are things we can do to overcome
these feelings. Find ways to decrease
stressors, increase coping skills and
increase your resiliency.

Sept. 16

Thursday

Leah Burkhart, Community
Health Education Center
(CHEC) health educator

What is your "why?"
What is motivating you to reach your goals? Leah, from Salem Hospital’s Community Health Education Center (CHEC), introduces S.T.R.O.N.G skills.

Oct. 6 Wednesday Leah Burkhart, CHEC health
educator
*New! Support group for patients who've had surgery
Welcome to the first post-op support group! We will have a new topic each month. This month: Creating an exercise schedule.

Oct. 12

Tuesday

Steve Besing, PhD

Practicing mindfulness
Mindfulness means being aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Learn practices to relax the body and mind and help you focus on your health goals.

Oct. 21

Thursday

Bariatric Surgery Center

Ask the clinic nurse
Get to know our wonderful nurse, Michelle, as she helps answer questions about our program and your needs before and after surgery.

Nov. 3 Wednesday Leah Burkhart, CHEC
health educator 

*New! Post-op support group (for patients who've had surgery)
This is a support group designed especially for our post-op patients! We'll have a new topic each month. This month: Navigating the holidays

Nov. 9

Tuesday

Steve Besing, PhD

Triggers and solutions for emotional eating
Emotional eating can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. The good news is you can take steps to regain control of your eating habits and get back on track with your weight-loss goals.

Nov. 18

Thursday

Community Health
Education Center (CHEC)

Chair yoga class (Zoom or live class)
Meet at the CHEC (Building D, first floor). This chair-based yoga class is perfect for everyone, especially those with limited mobility or chronic pain. Try a new exercise to help you meet your goals before and after surgery.

Dec. 1 Wednesday Leah Burkhart, CHEC
health educator

*New! Post-op support group (for patients who've had surgery)
No matter how long ago you had surgery, this support group is designed especially for you! As the new year approaches, what do you want to focus on? This month: Celebrations and opportunities for change. 

Dec. 14

Tuesday

Steve Besing, PhD

Overcoming body image issues
Identify what body image issues are and what you can do to heal from them.

Dec. 16

Thursday

 

To be determined — check back soon!