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

HEALTH Program for Weight Management

Fitness & Weight Management

Mankato, MN
12-1 p.m.
Mankato, MN
7 p.m.

Bariatric Connections

Support Groups

Menomonie, WI
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Bariatric Connections

Support Groups

Eau Claire, WI
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Mayo Clinic Diet Program: Jan-April

Fitness & Weight Management

La Crosse, Wis.
Weight in at 3:45 p.m. – Class time 4 to 5:15 p.m.
Mankato, MN
5:30 p.m.

Mayo Clinic Diet Program: Feb-April

Fitness & Weight Management

La Crosse, Wis.
Weight in at 4:45 p.m. – Class time 5 to 6:15 p.m.

Mayo Clinic Diet Program: March-June

Fitness & Weight Management

La Crosse, Wis.
Weight in at 4:45 p.m. – Class time 5 to 6:15 p.m.

Mayo Clinic Diet Program: Sept.-Dec.

Fitness & Weight Management

La Crosse, Wis.
Weight in at 3:45 p.m. – Class time 4 to 5:15 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

From The Blog

Hard work, determination help woman prepare for successful knee surgery

For over a decade, Ann Statz endured substantial knee pain that restricted her activity. Her weight kept surgery out of reach. Learn how determination helped her overcome that hurdle.

November 26, 2018

Tips for staying on track during 'national eating season'

This time of year marks the beginning of what often is referred to as “national eating season” — the time between Halloween and New Year’s Day. You can stay in control. Here's how.

Pamela Franz, R.N. By Pamela Franz November 21, 2018

Setting SMART goals

Whether you’re starting a new exercise program, trying to eat healthier or find some time for yourself, setting a SMART goal positions you for success

November 20, 2018

Fuel for your mind

When you pay attention to what you are eating and how you eat, it can not only improve your health, but also your mind.

November 15, 2018

Think outside the cereal box

Are you skipping breakfast because you think it will help you lose weight? We'll explain why you should think differently.

Eileen Dutter, R.D. By Eileen Dutter October 22, 2018

Weight loss, knee surgery have man living active lifestyle

The need for knee replacement surgery prompted Mike Leduc to lose 100 pounds. With determination and the help of a maintenance program, he's kept the weight off and is active again.

October 10, 2018

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