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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

Bariatric Connections

Support Groups

Eau Claire, WI
09/26/2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.

HEALTH Program for Weight Management

Fitness & Weight Management

Mankato, MN
09/26/2018
12-1 p.m.

Weight Management Information Meeting

Fitness & Weight Management

Eau Claire, WI
09/26/2018
5:45-7:15 p.m.
Fairmont, MN
10/16/2018
12 p.m.

In The News

Mankato achieves national accreditation for bariatric surgery program

Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality...

January 26, 2018
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

From The Blog

Are you ready to change habits to lose weight?

Your success in losing weight depends, in large part, on your readiness to take on the challenge. Take this assessment to find out if you're ready.

September 17, 2018

2 simple ways to lose weight

Weight loss can be a challenging, overwhelming process. In many cases, it is difficult to know where — and how — to start. Try these two simple ways to lose weight.

June 8, 2018

Healthier, happier after bariatric surgery

Prior to bariatric surgery, Candace Clark says she felt like she was slowly dying. Now, she has a lot more energy, and is able to work and keep up with her grandchildren.

May 25, 2018

Gaining lost weight? There’s help to keep it off

If not being able to keep weight off is something that’s been discouraging you, you might gain some motivation by hearing from the more than 10,000 people who have lost more than 30 pounds and kept it off for more than a year.

Shirley Shelley, R.D. By Shirley Shelley March 26, 2018

Camp Wabi: Parent Q&A

Sending your child to a summer camp for a week can be frightening for you and your child, especially if it’s their first time. You may have questions, and we can answer them for you.

February 16, 2018

Support increases weight loss success

Losing weight is hard. Doing it alone, though, is even harder. When you choose to diet and exercise on your own, you are the only one to hold yourself accountable, which makes it easier to ease up on your health journey.

Pamela Franz, R.N. By Pamela Franz February 15, 2018

Around for the long haul: Weight loss success

Like many busy adults, Kasie Von Haden was always putting her health at the bottom of her priority list. Then came her wake-up call.

December 5, 2017

6 misconceptions about bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is an 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