Health Topics

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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

Weight Management Information Meeting

Fitness & Weight Management

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

HEALTH Program for Weight Management

Fitness & Weight Management

Mankato, MN
12-1 p.m.
Mankato, MN
5:30 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.

In The News

Camp Wabi has major impact on North Dakota camper

Camp Wabi, near New Auburn, is a camp designed for young people struggling with weight issues.

April 14, 2017
Camp Wabi registration open for kids who struggle with weight

In addition to traditional camp activities, kids entering grades six through 10 receive healthy lifestyle coaching for one hour a day by specialists. 

February 21, 2017
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

Cauliflower: A powerhouse of nutrients

“Eat your vegetables!” How many times have you heard that? The good news is that one of those vegetables we put the spotlight on may be worth consuming on a regular basis.

Eileen Dutter, R.D. By Eileen Dutter May 8, 2017

Exercise benefits for bariatric patients

If your goal as a bariatric patient is to improve your health and enhance longevity, losing weight by modifying your diet and having bariatric surgery is not enough. You also need to understand the importance of increasing your level of physical activity.

Sunghwan Choi DPT By Sunghwan Choi March 28, 2017

10 things you can do during a cryolipolysis procedure

Cryolipolysis, also known as CoolSculpting, is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure that uses controlled cooling to eliminate fat cells underneath the skin that are resistant to diet and exercise. Here are 10 things you can do during your procedure.

March 17, 2017

Shedding pounds and saving cash: Bariatric surgery has life-changing benefits

Carrying extra pounds was costing Scott Decker money, and the extra weight was on track to cost him a lot more.

March 8, 2017

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