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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 the clinic nurse

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


Get to know our wonderful nurse, Michelle, BSN, RN, CBN, as she helps answer questions about our program and your needs before and after surgery.



Healthy cooking fundamentals

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


Join us for a live cooking class from the comfort of your own home. We will discuss healthy meal options with clinic nurse, Lisa, and diabetes educator, Jordain.



Psychology topics

April 09, 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.



Families and Obesity

April 18, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Microsoft Teams


Bariatric surgeon, Catherine Boulay, MD, discusses adopting a healthy lifestyle for the whole family. This is a great group for your support person and even your children to participate in.



TBD

May 14, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Microsoft Teams


TBD



Heart health: Feel the healthy beat

May 16, 2024
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Microsoft Teams


Learn about the American Heart Association’s Essential 8 — eight factors that affect personal health and how you can make small changes in your health for lasting impact.



Psychology topics

June 11, 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

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.



Post-surgery patients only

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


No matter how long ago you had surgery, we designed this group especially for you! Darryl Ray, psychology, will be your host.



Ask the surgeon

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


Our bariatric surgeon, Raj Nair, MD, answers all your questions about life before and after surgery.