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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

Fairmont, MN
11/21/2017
12 p.m.

HEALTH Program for Weight Management

Fitness & Weight Management

Mankato, MN
11/22/2017
12-1 p.m.

Weight Management Information Meeting

Fitness & Weight Management

Eau Claire, WI
11/22/2017
5:45-7:15 p.m.
Mankato, MN
12/06/2017
5:30 p.m.
Mankato, MN
12/12/2017
5:30 p.m.

Bariatric Connections

Fitness & Weight Management

Eau Claire, WI
12/27/2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.

What's the Deal with Detox Diets?

Fitness & Weight Management

La Crosse, WI
01/02/2018
Noon (25 min.)

In The News

Bariatric surgery program in Eau Claire earns national accreditation

The program is accredited as a Low Acuity Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.>/p>

October 10, 2017
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

From The Blog

6 misconceptions about bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is the only available treatment for severe obesity that consistently achieves and maintains substantial weight loss, and improves health and quality of life. Let’s review some misconceptions.

November 16, 2017

Record keeping can help you lose weight — and keep it off

Does it seem like you are eating all the right foods, exercising and your weight still isn’t going down? If you’re not keeping track of what you’re eating and what you’re doing for exercise, you need to start.

Shirley Shelley, R.D. By Shirley Shelley July 24, 2017

A new me: Making good habits stick (finally)

Like many people, Melody Reuter had an on-again, off-again relationship with healthy habits. That changed after she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome.

July 5, 2017

Pay attention to those aha! health moments

When it comes to making changes in our behavior, there are many opportunities to have aha! moments. As we become more aware of our thoughts and how they affect our decision making and choices, we then can experience some of these moments, which can be life altering.

Pamela Franz, R.N. By Pamela Franz June 30, 2017

A new me: Small steps lead to big changes

Pam Horlitz was in a place that’s familiar to many of us. She was tired and stressed. There were a few too many pounds on the scale. Many of us stay in that place. Horlitz, herself, had stayed there for years. But, two years ago, she decided to change, and she knew she needed help to do it.

June 26, 2017

Get more veggies with a spiralizer

Using a spiralizer is not only a great way to cut down or control carb intake, but it also is great for getting more of those nutrient-rich vegetables needed in your diet.

May 31, 2017

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.

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