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Bariatric Support Group

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Monday, May 20, 2013by millie.lange

St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital and Alliance for a Healthier Effingham County are partnering to offer a free support group for those who contemplate or have undergone Bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery includes surgeries designed to promote weight loss such as lap band surgery and gastric bypass surgery. The next Bariatric Surgery Support Group meeting will be held Monday, May 20 at 5 p.m. in the Auditorium.

The purpose of the support group is to educate those contemplating bariatric surgery about the options, benefits, lifestyle changes and potential problems with the surgeries, provide encouragement and support to those who have had the surgery to maintain lifestyle changes, provide a place to obtain prerequisite support group meeting prior to surgery (many surgeons require attendance at a support group as a prerequisite for the surgery) and provide short educational sessions regarding nutrition, fitness and wellness.
For more information, phone Marilyn Boone, Women's Wellness Manager at 217-347-1305. For more information about other St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital community programs, visit the hospital's Website at