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

January

Melissa and Lemma address food: Resetting for the New Year; pot luck and recipe exchange with one another.

  • January 14, 9:30 a.m., MOB 2
  • January 19, 6:30 p.m., CR2

February

Melissa and Lemma address food: Grocery store tour! Meet at Martin’s on route 33 in Harrisonburg for a guide to healthy shopping!

  • February 4, 9:30 a.m., Martin's on 33
  • February 9, 6:30 p.m., Martin's on 33

March

RMH Behavioral Health: How to deal with invasive questions from acquaintances and other issues for bariatric patients; bring any question or concerns you would like to discuss with our psychologists.

  • March 10, 9:30 a.m., Hahn A
  • March 15, 6:30 p.m., MOB 2

April

Winter Wellness: come ready to exercise with a staff member of the Wellness Center; Melissa and Lemma will be there too to answer any questions you may have.

  • April 14, 9:30 a.m., Hahn A/B
  • April 19, 6:30 p.m., Sugery Waiting Room

May

Family and Friends Day! Bariatric surgery affects everyone around you…why not let them in on a meeting too? This will be more of an open house format to allow for exchange of personal stories about how weight has affected us as well as for those post-op how the weight loss has allowed more freedom to enjoy your family and friends! Let’s celebrate the journey! Clothing swap too!!!

  • May 12, 9:30 a.m., Hahn A/B
  • May 17, 6:30 p.m., MOB 2

June

Summer Wellness: Now that it is warm and inviting in the Valley again let’s get out there and enjoy it! A staff member from the Wellness Center will be on hand to walk the hospital track with us and discuss ways to challenge ourselves in our summer exercise programs!

  • June 9, 9:30 a.m., Hahn A/B
  • June 14, 6:30 p.m., CR1

July

Melissa and Lemma address food: Seasonal cooking can be fun and colorful! Come explore all the ways we can make seasonal dishes that are easy to prepare, flavorful and use local in season ingredients! Pot Luck and recipe exchange.

  • July 14, 9:30 a.m., Hahn A/B
  • July 19, 6:30 p.m., CR4

August

Fall Wellness: As the weather changes and indoor activities consume our days and football consumes our weekends a staff member of the Wellness Center will be on hand to exercise with us and share some great indoor activities to keep us moving as we retreat to the warmth of the indoors!

  • August 11, 9:30 a.m., Hahn A/B
  • August 16, 6:30 p.m., CR4

September

RMH Behavioral Health: Getting back into the swing of things as summer draws to a close… any issues you struggle with related to weight loss/ maintenance as fall draws near and we prepare for cooler weather, heartier foods and more indoor activities…let’s prepare for the changes together!

  • September 15, 9:30 a.m., Hahn A/B
  • September 20, 6:30 p.m., CR4

October

Family and Friends Day! Bariatric surgery affects everyone around you…why not let them in on a meeting too? This will be more of an open house format to allow for exchange of personal stories about how weight has affected us as well as for those post-op how the weight loss has allowed more freedom to enjoy your family and friends! Let’s celebrate the journey! Clothing swap too!!!

  • October 13, 9:30 a.m., Hahn A/B
  • October 18, 6:30 p.m., CR4

November

Melissa and Lemma address food: the holidays are upon us! How to navigate Thanksgiving and Christmas and the baked goods that come along with the season! Explore with us healthy alternatives to traditional offerings! Friendsgiving Pot Luck!!

  • November 10, 9:30 a.m., Hahn A/B
  • November 15, 6:30 p.m., CR4

December

RMH Behavioral Health: Combating the holidays and all the emotional things that come with it. RMH psychologists will join us to discuss coping strategies for the holidays as well as keeping a positive outlook!

  • December 1, 9:30 a.m., Hahn A/B
  • December 6, 6:30 p.m., CR4

Location Key

  • Hahn A/B = First floor Medical Office Building, 2006 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • CR 1-4 = Lower Level Main Hospital
  • MOB 2 = Second floor Medical Office Building, Surgical Clinic

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