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.

February

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

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.

April
Winter Wellness: Come ready to exercise with a fitness specialist; Melissa and Lemma will be there too to answer any questions you may have. Wear comfortable exercise attire.

  • April 13, 9:30 a.m.
  • April 18, 6:30 p.m.

May
Healthy Cooking Demonstration: We will have a special guest available to show us how to prepare healthy foods at home! If you are new to cooking, want to learn new recipes, or just want to sample healthy new dishes, this will be an event you won’t want to miss.

  • May 11, 10:15 a.m.
  • May 17, 6:30 p.m.

June
Summer Wellness: Now that it is warm and inviting in the Valley again let’s get out there and enjoy it! A fitness specialist will be on hand to walk the hospital track with us and discuss ways to keep our exercise routine challenging, but still fun!
Location: Meet in the Medical Office Building Lobby

  • June 15, 9:30 a.m.
  • June 20, 6:30 p.m.

July
Melissa and Lemma address food: Farmers Market tour! 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 at the downtown Harrisonburg Farmers Market!
Location: Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers Market

  • We will be holding the July group on Tuesday, July 11th instead of Thursday, July 13th. The time will remain 9:30 a.m.

August
Fall Wellness: As the weather changes and indoor activities consume our days and football consumes our weekends a fitness specialist 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 10, 9:30 a.m.
  • August 15, 6:30 p.m.

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 7, 9:30 a.m.
  • September 12, 6:30 p.m.

October
Healthy Cooking Demonstration: We will have a special guest available to show us how to prepare healthy foods at home! If you are new to cooking, want to learn new recipes, or just want to sample healthy new dishes, this will be a fun event for you.

  • October 12, 9:30 a.m.
  • October 17, 6:30 p.m.

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 9, 9:30 a.m.
  • November 14, 6:30 p.m.

December
RMH Behavioral Health: Combating the holidays and all the emotional things that come with it…Holiday time is happy and yet also stressful and can be an easy time to fall back into old habits. RMH psychologists will join us to discuss coping strategies for the holidays as well as keeping a positive outlook!

  • December 7, 9:30 a.m.
  • December 12, 6:30 p.m.

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