Weight Loss Surgery Patient Education Seminars & Support Groups
The Georgia Regents Weight Loss Center offers educational seminars for anyone interested in learning more about morbid obesity and weight loss surgery options. Educating yourself about weight loss surgery options, risks and benefits of surgery, and expectations of weight loss surgery programs are all key for you to have a successful experience and long-term success.
Our weight loss seminars give you the opportunity to learn about options for treatment. Most importantly, it gives you the chance to meet and talk with the people who will be providing your care and support during your weight loss journey.
Another key element to your success is your support structure of family and friends. It is important for them to learn about the journey you are thinking of going on and the role they may play in your success. For that reason, we encourage you to bring the members of your support structure to the information seminars with you.
Following your attendance at a free weight loss surgery seminar, our bariatric nurse coordinator will help you schedule a follow-up appointment at the weight loss center to begin your journey.
Seminars take place at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday each month. Seminars on the second Tuesday will be held at the Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans, GA and seminars on the fourth Tuesday will be at the Georgia Regents Alumni Center, 919 15th Street, Augusta, GA.
Weight Loss Center Support Groups
Feel like you’re alone in your struggle to lose weight? Attend our monthly support group meetings! You’ll learn more about weight loss and get to know people who’ve had surgery, are preparing for surgery or just want to lose weight.
The Georgia Regents Weight Loss Center also offers free weight loss support groups on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Support Groups are a place to give and receive emotional and practical support as well as exchage information with individuals experiencing similar obstacles as you. Presentations and classes are give by our Dietitian, Psychologist, Bariatric Coordinator, and guest speakers.
The support group meetings are held at 5:30 p.m., just before the educational seminars, on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the GRU Alumni Center. The meeting topics include:
January: Setting Goals
February: Personal Accountability
March: It's All About You!
April: Reading Labels and the Importance of Supplements
May: Portion Control and Liquid Calories
June: Exercise Can Be Done Outside the Gym
July: What Is It Like? Before and After Weight Loss Surgery
August: The Connection Between Emotions and Food
September: Getting Back on Track
October: Journaling and Keeping a Food/Exercise Diary
November: Handling Holidays After Weight Loss Surgery
December: Holiday Party & Healthy Recipes