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Bariatric Surgery Support Groups

Bariatric Surgery Local Support Group

Upstate's Bariatric Surgery Center hosts free support group sessions for patients that are pursuing bariatric surgery, or have had bariatric surgery. 

Each session will offer an educational topic. The support group atmosphere provides the opportunity for participants to ask questions, as well as share tips and success stories with the group in a safe space. Open discussion of additional topics is encouraged. 

Support Groups are currently being offered virtually, from 4pm to 5pm once a month on Monday*.


If this is your FIRST REQUIRED SUPPORT GROUP, please email Jackie Turner at barisupport@upstate.edu with your name, date of birth, and preferred attendance date for scheduling.


For all other attendees, you may use the link below to join the support group up to 15 minutes before the 4pm start time. 

Bariatric Support Group Meeting Room


Our 2023 meetings/topics are scheduled as follows: 


January  23             Self-Talk: Is it what you're eating, or what's eating you?

February 27            Success at the Grocery Store

March 27                 Key Factors for Success 

April 24                     Hunger and Cravings

May 22                      Portion Control

June 21*                    Summer Fun -- Staying cool, hydrating and healthy meals

July 24                       Non-scale Victories

August 28                 Cravings and Emotional Eating

September 25          Movin and Groovin - Ways to Stay Active This Fall

October 23               Holidays - Ways to Manage Difficult Situations

November 27           I Am Thankful For...

December 11           Importance of Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation


* June meeting will be held on the 3rd Wednesday, June 21.