North: Bariatric support groups
Community Hospital North bariatric services offers a variety of support groups and exercise classes for pre-op and post-op weight loss surgery patients. The groups are led by members of the bariatric services team to provide additional support for patients undergoing lifestyle changes before and after bariatric surgery, including adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve procedures.
Groups are held at Community Hospital North and Community Hospital Anderson. Exercise classes are held at Community Hospital North in suite 210 (second floor). Please check the calendar above for monthly bariatric support group and exercise class dates, times and locations as well as class/group descriptions.
Ease into exercise habits
Not certain how to fit exercise into your busy schedule? Our certified exercise physiologist, Kelly Drew, suggests small changes that can make a big difference toward a healthy lifestyle! Read: Easing into exercise habits >>
Who: All bariatric patients are welcome!
What: Fun exercise classes including strength training and cardio geared toward bariatric patients held by our own exercise physiologist, Kelly! We have two class options available!
- Level One - This low-intensity 45-minute class is geared toward patients who are just beginning an exercise program and have issues with mobility. Participants will not be required to get on the floor, and we can accommodate patients that need to be seated for most of the class.
- Level Two - This moderately intense 60-minute class is geared toward patients who have been exercising on their own, or are looking for a little bit of a challenge. Participants will be asked to get on the floor at the end of class for core exercises.
- Level One - Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
- Level Two - Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: 7250 building on Community Hospital North campus, Suite 210
Post-op support groups
Anderson support group
The Community Anderson group is for all pre- and post-op patients to share ideas, discuss issues and answer questions that may arise before or after weight loss surgery.
When: Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.
Where: Community Hospital Anderson Education Center, 1923 N. Madison Avenue, Anderson, IN 46012
Program facilitators: Our dietitians and Nicole Hersberger, surgery scheduler, facilitate on a rotating basis.
North support group
(Formerly Lifestyle Class and Staying on Track) This class helps participants learn about the initial lifestyle changes required for long-term success. Participants are able to express concerns and walk away with first-hand knowledge of what it takes to be successful at weight loss surgery. In this group, you will have the opportunity to focus on behavior modification, nutritional plans and lifestyle changes. *Strongly encouraged—8 classes are strongly encouraged for post-surgery patients.
When: Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. (Thursday group is no longer offered, effective October 17, 2013)
Where: Community Hospital North Bariatric Clinic (suite 210)
Program facilitators: Audrey Ball, CHES, PAPHS and Jenny Johnston, RD, CD