Bariatric Support Group Sessions

Every Month

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions: PLEASE CALL 312.355.1493 OR EMAIL 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 2024

DATE LEADER TOPIC LOCATION
March 6,
12:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Jamie Appelbaum Setting Effective Goals for Lifestyle Changes
April 3,
12:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Alina Kraft Non-Scale Victories
May 1,
12:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Elena Henderson Self-Compassion and Bariatric Surgery
June 5,
12:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Rich Severin Pain Management
July 10,
12:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Reed Berger Vitamins
August 7,
12:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Ann Quinn “Let’s Talk About Your Big BUT…”
September 11, 12:00 pm Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Janette Cino Bariatric Grocery List and Meal Prep
Ideas
October 2,
12:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Jeremy O’Neal Eating Over the Holidays
November 6,
12:00 pm
Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Amy Bachman Bariatric Surgery 101
January 2025 Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 VIRTUAL SESSION 
ZOOM MEETING
Alison Newman Putting Yourself First in 2024
February 2025 Rich Severin EXERCISE 101 VIRTUAL SESSION
ZOOM MEETING
Heather Eisele Emotional Eating

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.