Bariatric Surgery Support Group

The SRMH Bariatric Support Groups provide an opportunity for program participants to meet fellow patients and receive helpful information on important topics from the program's expert team.

Our support groups are moderated by mental health professionals, the registered dietitian, exercise experts, and the bariatric navigator. Topics that will be covered in the support groups include:

  • Grocery store tours
  • Tips on eating healthy
  • Emotional issues with weight loss
  • Taste testing and fun snack ideas
  • Behavioral changes for long-term success
  • Coping with holiday stress
  • Establishing an exercise routine
  • Importance of strength training
  • Exercise progression
  • Cardiovascular fitness

Meeting Schedule


Winter Wellness: Let’s start this year off right with some indoor fitness! Our fitness coordinator will be joining us. Wear comfortable exercise attire.

Location: Online & Hahn Conference Room A/B

  • January 11, 2018 - 12:00pm
  • January 17, 2018 - 6:00pm


Grocery Store Tour: Lemma addresses food.

Learn how to shop for healthy meals & snacks. You don’t want to miss this!

Location: Martin’s Foods 2035 E Market Street

  • February 1, 2018 - 9:30am
  • February 7, 2018 - 6:00pm


Cooking Demonstration: Spring is on the way!

Lemma & Haley will be showing you how to cook healthy meals at home. This is a great meeting for anyone who is new to cooking or wants to try some healthy dishes.

Location: Online

  • March 15, 2018 - 12:00pm


Spring Wellness: Who wants to be a yogi?

It’s yoga time! We will be working on beginner poses. Wear comfortable exercise attire.

Location: Hahn Conference Room A/B

  • April 18, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.


RMH Nutrition: Lemma discusses mindful eating.

Are you a stress eater? Do you find yourself stopping for fast food or eating late at night? Do you wish you could slow down & enjoy your meals? We will teach you ways to avoid bad eating habits.

Location: Online

  • May 10, 2018 - 12:00 p.m.


Summer Wellness: Let’s get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather! We will be walking the outdoor hospital track. Wear comfortable exercise attire.

Location: Meet outside of the MOB entrance

  • June 12, 2018 - 9:30 a.m.


Farmers Market Tour: Lemma & Haley address food. Meet us downtown to explore all of the local fruits and vegetables available to us!

Location: 228 S Liberty Street, Harrisonburg

  • July 12, 2018 - 9:30am


Round Table Discussion: Former bariatric surgical patients will talk with us about how they were successful after their procedures. Are you nervous about having surgery? Do you have questions about how to best navigate life after weight loss surgery?

Location: Online

  • August 9, 2018 - 12:00pm


Fall Wellness: It’s almost time for pumpkins and scarecrows. Join us as we walk the outdoor hospital track before the weather changes!

Wear comfortable exercise attire.

Location: Meet outside of the MOB entrance

  • September 19, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.


Cooking demonstration: Lemma & Haley will be teaming up with some special guests. This is a great meeting for anyone who has questions about preparing healthy meals at home.

Post your favorite recipes for an exchange!

Location: Online

  • October 18, 2018 - 12:00pm


Friendsgiving Potluck: Lemma & Haley address food. We will talk about navigating the holiday season & preparing for social events.

Bring your favorite healthy dish!

Location: Hahn Conference Room A/B

  • November 14, 2018 - 6:00pm


RMH Behavioral Health: Holiday season can be a stressful time. Let’s get together to discuss weight loss challenges. Please bring any questions or concerns that you might have!

Location: Hahn Conference Room A/B

  • December 6, 2018 - 9:30am

For more information, call us at 540-689-5619 or 540-689-5646, or check our Sentara RMH Weight Loss Surgery Facebook group.