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Support groups



The Bariatric Surgery Support Group is for current and former patients and their designated support person only. Meetings are held online or in-person. See below for specific dates, times and locations.

Our support group is led by bariatric surgery center staff and special guests.



When we meet

2nd Tuesday of every month

Discuss a variety of topics from mindfulness, emotional eating, triggers, stress and more! Learn strategies to help you reach your health goals.

3rd Thursdays of every month

Join us for Q&As with staff, walking groups, discussions about what to expect before and after surgery, and more!




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Our online meetings take place using Microsoft Teams.

Our Teams meeting ID and passcode is the same for every meeting.

  • Meeting ID: 273 ‍871‍ 429 165
  • Passcode: f2BPbi

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Upcoming meetings

Ask our dietitian all your questions

June 20, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Microsoft Teams


Get to know our wonderful dietitian, Meagan Ayoub MPH, RD, LD, as she helps answer all your common nutrition questions.



Psychology topics

July 09, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Microsoft Teams


Discuss a variety of topics from mindfulness, emotional eating, triggers, stress, and more! Learn strategies to help you reach your health goals.



Walking 101

July 18, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
606 Church St SE
Salem, OR
Pringle Park


Meet at Pringle Park (right next to Salem Hospital) for a 1–2 mile walk (or less based on your needs) with our physical therapist, Julie. Before and after we will sit at picnic tables (or feel free to bring your own chair) and discuss simple strategies to incorporate more activity into your day, how different types of exercise impact fat loss, and the role of monitoring heart rate during exercise for reaching your health goals.



Psychology Topics

August 13, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Microsoft Teams


Meet with our clinic’s psychologist to discuss a variety of topics from mindfulness, emotional eating, triggers, stress, and more! Learn strategies to help you reach your health goals. 



The role of weight loss medication and lifestyle change in pre and post bariatric care

August 15, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Microsoft Teams


Meet with Dr. Barbara Hoover who is a provider at Compass Medical Clinic to discuss weight loss medications, mindful eating, and other lifestyle changes for promoting weight loss.



Psychology topics

September 10, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Microsoft Teams


Discuss a variety of topics from mindfulness, emotional eating, triggers, stress, and more! Learn strategies to help you reach your health goals.



Walking 101

September 19, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
606 Church St SE
Salem, OR
Pringle Park


Meet at Pringle Park (right next to Salem Hospital) for a 1–2 mile walk (or less based on your needs) with our physical therapist, Julie. Before and after we will sit at picnic tables (or feel free to bring your own chair) and discuss simple strategies to incorporate more activity into your day, how different types of exercise impact fat loss, and the role of monitoring heart rate during exercise for reaching your health goals.



Psychology topics

October 08, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Microsoft Teams


Discuss a variety of topics from mindfulness, emotional eating, triggers, stress, and more! Learn strategies to help you reach your health goals.



What is life like after surgery?

October 17, 2024
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Salem Hospital Building C, first floor Conference rooms ABC


You are invited to ask questions of patients who already had surgery and have real-life insights to share about what made them successful and how they overcame challenges.



Psychology topics

November 12, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Microsoft Teams


Discuss a variety of topics from mindfulness, emotional eating, triggers, stress, and more! Learn strategies to help you reach your health goals.



Ask our dietitian all your questions

November 21, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Microsoft Teams


Get to know our wonderful dietitian, Meagan Ayoub MPH, RD, LD, as she helps answer all your common nutrition questions.



Psychology topics

December 10, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Microsoft Teams


Discuss a variety of topics from mindfulness, emotional eating, triggers, stress, and more! Learn strategies to help you reach your health goals.