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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 the 4th Monday of the month.

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 2024 meetings/topics are scheduled as follows: 


January  22              Self-Talk: Is it what you're eating, or what's eating you?

February 26             Success at the Grocery Store

March 25                  Key Factors for Success 

April 22                     Hunger and Cravings

May 20                      Portion Control

June 24                     Summer Fun -- Staying cool, hydrating and healthy meals

July 22                       Non-scale Victories

August 26                 Cravings and Emotional Eating

September 16          Movin and Groovin - Ways to Stay Active This Fall

October 28               Holidays - Ways to Manage Difficult Situations

November 25           I Am Thankful For...

December 16           Importance of Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation