At the BMCC, we offer monthly support groups to help you before and after surgery.
We understand that bariatric surgery is an emotional process. Even though surgery is very safe, the lead-up can be scary. After weight loss surgery, you’ll have to stick to a strict diet and exercise regime, which can be hard at times when you crave unhealthy foods.
Many of our patients report that bariatric surgery has given them their life back, and it’s an exciting time. At the same time, many still carry the emotional scars from their battle with obesity.
Surgery is an enormous transition, and it helps to go through it with other people. Our patients report that these support groups often feel like their second family. Each support group has an open discussion format, which lets our patients truly support and be there for each other.
You can find a full schedule of support groups here:
Bariatric Surgery Support Group Events
Additionally, we also offer FREE support group events that offer valuable education about weight loss. Some of our past events have taken people to a Denver grocery store to learn how to plan and cook healthy meals, or discussed mindfulness and coping skills that can help with lifestyle transformation. One of our most fun events was going to a local Denver art studio to paint, and sip and share protein shakes.
Open to the Public
All of these events are 100% open to the public. We’ve had lots of people come from Parker and the greater Denver area. Our goal is to help people lose their unwanted weight, and our free Denver/Parker events for the public are part of that. You can come whether or not you’re a patient; and bring friends, family, and anyone else who might be interested.
Most of the seminars are hosted in Parker Adventist Hospital, at the southeastern corner of the Denver Metropolitan Area. We’re just an easy half-hour drive from main Denver.
Directions From I-70
Take CO-470 E to Crown Crest Blvd in Parker. Take exit 5 from E-470 N
- Head east on I-70 E
- Take exit 260 to merge onto CO-470 E toward Colo Springs
- Keep left to stay on CO-470 E
- Keep left to stay on CO-470 E
- Continue onto E-470 N
- Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 5 for CO-83 N/Parker Rd
Drive to Crown Crest Blvd
We’ll also go, “off-campus” and host events in Denver, like the, “paint ‘n sip” event or a trip to a local grocery store or Denver restaurant.
Parker Support Group Events
March 23rd, 2017: Body Contouring and Reconstructive Surgery After Weight Loss
After weight loss, your body will change—and all the weight you’ll lose will leave you with excess skin. There are a variety of surgical and non-surgical solutions, which you can find here.
Presenter: Dr. Matthew Baker
Location: Pine room A&B, Parker Adventist Hospital
To participate by phone, please call: 866-382-0408 and use Access Code: 9254293
April 27th, 2017: Grocery Store Tour
Sticking to a healthy diet means planning ahead and learning to decipher labels so you can find the healthiest foods. On this Denver grocery store tour, we’ll show you how.
June 22nd, 2017: Bariatric Meal Planning
This is a fun look at planning, prepping, portioning, and partaking after surgery to lose weight!
August 24th, 2017: Dining Out
Dining out when you’re trying to lose weight is a challenge. We’ll help you decode and decipher restaurant menus so you can have fun without derailing your diet.
October 26th, 2017: Supplement Party
Supplements are critical after surgery, to make sure you’re getting all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs.
December 28th, 2017: Celebrating Success
Let’s have some fun and celebrate your weight loss success!
Each of these events is open to the public, however dates, times, and locations may change and we do ask that you RSVP. To RSVP, please email Heather Szaroleta at [email protected]
Please note: these support groups are run by the Center for Bariatric Surgery at Parker Adventist Hospital, and patients from all programs—as well as the public—are invited.
You can of course show up in person, but for some events you can also participate by phone. This can be a good option for our non-Denver patients.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Colorado team.