Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery

Weight-loss, or bariatric, surgery helps you lose weight and lowers your risk of medical problems associated with obesity.

Classes & Events

Community Walk

Fitness & Weight Management

Springfield, MN
5-7 p.m.

Weight Management Information Meeting

Fitness & Weight Management

Eau Claire, WI
5:30-7 p.m.
Mankato, MN
5:30 p.m.

HEALTH Program for Weight Management

Fitness & Weight Management

Mankato, MN
12-1 p.m.

Bariatric Connections

Support Groups

Eau Claire, WI
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Mankato, MN
5:30 p.m.
Fairmont, MN
12 p.m. and 5 p.m.

In The News

Weight Management Services awarded in Eau Claire and Rice Lake

Each received two Health Management Resources Gold Standard Certificates of Achievement.

July 9, 2015

From The Blog

Chin up — This disappearing act can be your secret

While not harmful, a double chin can make people appear older than they are, and few people want that. Surgery is an option, but there now is an option that is not as costly and is less invasive.

James Banich, M.D. By James Banich February 22, 2017

Healthy habits before and after bariatric surgery

Weight loss surgery is not the best option for every person, but incorporating healthful habits is good for everyone. We have some tips to get you started living more healthfully.

Wendy Payson, R.N. By Wendy Payson February 16, 2017

What’s your Valentine’s Day weight management survival guide?

It’s Valentine’s Day — a day that may sabotage all plans for health improvement. Even if there isn’t a special someone, treats are all around. So what is a person to do?

Elizabeth Lindsay RN By Elizabeth Lindsay February 9, 2017

Are you struggling to drink enough water daily?

Getting a sufficient amount of water in daily is a common struggle that I, and often others, have. In fact, not drinking enough water can become a difficult habit or pattern to break.

Arlene Hrdlicka, R.N. By Arlene Hrdlicka January 16, 2017

Healthy changes you will be thankful for

This is the time of year when many people struggle to maintain their health and weight. The holidays hold many challenges to encourage us to overindulge and discourage us from exercising. What can we do?

Eileen Dutter, R.D. By Eileen Dutter November 14, 2016

Bariatric surgery and healthy lifestyle help Chippewa Falls woman lose and keep off weight

Like many of us, Leslie Swoboda has struggled with her weight for yea­rs. The 54-year-old Chippewa Falls, Wis., woman has tried various weight loss programs, dropping pounds periodically just to re-gain them after falling back into old habits.

September 9, 2016

Why has my weight plateaued when I have 50 more pounds to lose?

Does this sound familiar? "Yikes! I’ve lost 20 pounds, which is great, but the past two weeks my weight loss has plateaued, and I still need to lose 50 more pounds. What am I doing wrong?"

Diane Dressel RD By Diane Dressel August 1, 2016

Ten activities to look forward to after bariatric surgery

Individuals' motivations for having bariatric surgery are as unique as the people discussing them. If you're looking for some reasons to make the decision for yourself, here are 10 activities that people who have gone through the procedure report looking forward to after surgery.

April 14, 2016

Weight loss strategies for success

Weight management is a skill; and, like any skill, you need to practice it over and over again. You may be under the misunderstanding that you should be able to “just do it.”

Rhonda Jenson By Rhonda Jenson January 28, 2016

Q&A: Weight loss surgery

Do you have questions or concerns about weight-loss (bariatric) surgery? Megan Gilmore, M.D., bariatric surgeon, addresses a variety of weight loss surgery topics in this Q&A blog.

Megan Gilmore MD By Megan Gilmore January 12, 2016

Maintaining your weight loss over the holidays

For many of us, the holiday season brings multiple parties and family gatherings, all accompanied by favorite foods that we look forward to all year. This overabundance can be daunting for anyone, but it’s especially stressful after bariatric surgery. Taking a mindful approach to eating can help you maintain your weight loss during the holidays.

Heidi Bednarchuk C.N.S. By Heidi Bednarchuk December 9, 2015

Woman turns tragedy of spouse's death into triumph

Carleen Flettre has turned an unimaginable tragedy into an inspiring second chance. Motivated to better herself after her husband’s sudden passing, the Roberts, Wisconsin, women has lost more than 175 pounds after enrolling in the Health Management Resources (HMR) program at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

November 9, 2015