Jefferson University Hospitals

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

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The Bariatric Surgery Support Group is an in-person forum designed to provide education, assistance and support for a healthier lifestyle and behaviors.

Our group is a safe, positive and supportive environment where all patients are welcome before or after surgery.  Samantha Eckardt, RD, LDN and Lauren McCabe, MS, RDN, LDN, lead this group.

Discussion within the group is focused around weight management and can include topics such as:

  • Stress/emotional eating management
  • Skill-building for long-term weight loss
  • Social support/pressures
  • Goal setting
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise

How Do I Attend?

This virtual series will continually rotate throughout the year. Topics will vary.

Attendees include those who are interested in bariatric weight loss surgery, pre & post-operative bariatric patients, as well as friends or family support are welcome.

Registration Instructions:

Due to COVID-19, we will be holding a virtual-only support group via Zoom.

To join, follow the links under each event below.

Disclaimer: Please read our Zoom Terms of Service for Community Sessions.



Dates Offered:


Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Registration is required for this event time.
To register, or for more information, contact Cristin.Polizzi@jefferson.edu or 609-707-7298.


Meeting ID: 93721786635

Delivered via Zoom video Link

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Registration is required for this event time.
To register, or for more information, contact Cristin.Polizzi@jefferson.edu or 609-707-7298.


Meeting ID: 93721786635

Delivered via Zoom video Link

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

How to Join:


From the app: Click the blue button that says “Join a Meeting." You do not need to sign-up or sign-in. Enter meeting ID when prompted: 319 225 1121. The passcode is: 211402.

From a computer: Use the Following Link: https://zoom.us/j/319-225-1121. You will need to download the desktop application for Zoom to join the meeting.

Delivered via Zoom video Link

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Topic: Men’s Bariatric Peer-to-Peer Meeting

This group is made up of and led by Bariatric patients. Our group leader will engage you in topical conversations, give inspiration, and discuss common lifestyle changes that men face post-bariatric surgery. We take inspiration from our attendees on what topics to cover so every member of the group feels heard.


For more information, contact Cristin.Polizzi@jefferson.edu or 609-707-7298.

https://jefferson.zoom.us/j/93721786635

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Topic: Mindfulness and Meditation Meeting

This group teaches mindfulness and self-care techniques to improve your wellbeing after bariatric surgery, such as recipes for lasting habit change, mental diet, routines for success, and more. Meetings will end with a five-minute meditation session.


For more information, contact Cristin.Polizzi@jefferson.edu or 609-707-7298.

https://jefferson.zoom.us/j/93721786635

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Registration is required for this event time.
To register, or for more information, contact Cristin.Polizzi@jefferson.edu or 609-707-7298.


Meeting ID: 93721786635

Delivered via Zoom video Link

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

How to Join:


From the app: Click the blue button that says “Join a Meeting." You do not need to sign-up or sign-in. Enter meeting ID when prompted: 319 225 1121. The passcode is: 211402.

From a computer: Use the Following Link: https://zoom.us/j/319-225-1121. You will need to download the desktop application for Zoom to join the meeting.

Delivered via Zoom video Link

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Registration is required for this event time.
To register, or for more information, contact Cristin.Polizzi@jefferson.edu or 609-707-7298.


Meeting ID: 93721786635

Delivered via Zoom video Link

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Topic: Men’s Bariatric Peer-to-Peer Meeting

This group is made up of and led by Bariatric patients. Our group leader will engage you in topical conversations, give inspiration, and discuss common lifestyle changes that men face post-bariatric surgery. We take inspiration from our attendees on what topics to cover so every member of the group feels heard.


For more information, contact Cristin.Polizzi@jefferson.edu or 609-707-7298.

https://jefferson.zoom.us/j/93721786635

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Topic: Mindfulness and Meditation Meeting

This group teaches mindfulness and self-care techniques to improve your wellbeing after bariatric surgery, such as recipes for lasting habit change, mental diet, routines for success, and more. Meetings will end with a five-minute meditation session.


For more information, contact Cristin.Polizzi@jefferson.edu or 609-707-7298.

https://jefferson.zoom.us/j/93721786635

Tuesday, December 28, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Registration is required for this event time.
To register, or for more information, contact Cristin.Polizzi@jefferson.edu or 609-707-7298.


Meeting ID: 93721786635

Delivered via Zoom video Link