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Support Groups

About Our Support Groups

About Our Support Groups

We know that patients participating in weight loss surgery benefit from support received from many sources – including family, fri ends, physicians and the entire medical team at AtlantiCare. But equally important is the support that patients get from others, like themselves, who have actually experienced weight loss surgery.

Studies have shown that bariatric patients who regularly attend support group meetings and follow up with their surgeon have the greatest long-term success.

Therefore, at AtlantiCare, we sponsor an active support group program, with moderators facilitating sessions for patients scheduled to receive surgery and those who have already had surgery. Often the two groups will meet together.

Meetings are held monthly* and provide:

  • Education on nutrition, behaviour and lifestyle
  • Assistance
  • Reinforcement
  • Friendship
  • Quarterly cooking demonstrations
  • "WOW" moments

The feedback regarding our support group has been overwhelming positive. By participating in the group, patients have achieved success faster than if they had tried to do it alone. In fact, many patients develop lifelong relationships that extend past our regular support group meetings – with individuals staying in touch by phone, e-mail and casual get-togethers.

Because the support group significantly impacts program participants’ success, we require all of our patients to attend at least one support group meeting prior to surgery. And, we strongly recommend that patients continue participating in the group after surgery.

AtlantiCare’s Bariatric Support Groups are open to anyone who has had either gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric banding surgery, regardless of where the procedure was performed.

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Gastric Bypass & Sleeve Gastrectomy Support Group Meeting Schedule (Pre-Op and Post Op

The Gastric Bypass Support Group is held on the first Monday of each month.  All support group meetings begin promptly at 6:00pm and end at 7:00pm.  Meetings are held in the Community Room at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter and childcare is available for $3 per session (a session is two hours). Please check the schedule for meetings that fall on a holiday week.

All meetings are held at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter.

Download a printable version of this schedule.

2012 Gastric Bypass & Sleeve Gastrectomy Support Group Schedule
Date Time Agenda
Jan 3 6:00 PM -7:00PM Open Forum
Feb 6 6:00 PM -7:00PM "Back on Track"
Mar 19 6:00 PM -7:00PM "Nutrition Nuggets"
Apr 2 6:00 PM -7:00PM "What's Cookin?"
May 7 6:00 PM -7:00PM "Relationships"
Jun 4 6:00 PM -7:00PM "Out of the Box Exercise"
Jul 16 6:00 PM -7:00PM Speaker-Dr Onopchenko-Bariatric Medical Director
Aug 6 6:00 PM -7:00PM "What's Cookin?"
Sep 17 6:00 PM -7:00PM "Protein Power"
Oct 1 6:00 PM -7:00PM "The Season of the Feasts"
Nov 5 6:00 PM -7:00PM "What's Eating YOU?"
Dec 3 6:00 PM -7:00PM Support Group Party/Open House

*Dates and times subject to change, please check the site for updates.

Gastric Bypass Support Group Meeting Location

AtlantiCare LifeCenter
2500 English Creek Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(609) 677-LIFE (5433)

Click here for a map and directions

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LAP-BAND® Support Group Meeting Schedule (Pre-Op and Post Op)

The LAP-BAND® Support Group is held on the third Monday of each month.  All support group meetings begin promptly at 6:00pm and end at 7:00pm.  Meetings are held in the Community Room at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter and childcare is available for $3 per session (a session is two hours). Please check the schedule for meetings that fall on a holiday week.

Download a printable version of this schedule.

2012 LAP-BAND® Support Group Schedule
Date Time Agenda
Jan 16 6:00 PM-7:00PM Open Forum
Feb 20 6:00 PM-7:00PM "Back on Track"
Mar 19 6:00 PM-7:00PM "Nutrition Nuggets"
Apr 16 6:00 PM-7:00PM "What's Cookin?"
May 21 6:00 PM-7:00PM "Relationships"
Jun 18 6:00 PM-7:00PM "Out of the Box Exercise"
Jul 16 6:00 PM-7:00PM Speaker-Dr Onopchenko-Bariatric Medical Director
Aug 20 6:00 PM-7:00PM "What's Cookin?"
Sep 17 6:00 PM-7:00PM "Protein Power"
Oct 15 6:00 PM-7:00PM "The Season of the Feast"
Nov 19 6:00 PM-7:00PM "What's Eating YOU?"
Dec 03 6:00 PM-7:00PM Support Group Party/Open House

*Dates and times subject to change, please check the site for updates.

LAP-BAND® Support Group Meeting Location

AtlantiCare LifeCenter
2500 English Creek Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(609) 677-LIFE (5433)

Click here for a map and directions

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How to Get Involved

If you would like to become involved in our support group or participate in one of the following activities, please notify:
Debbie Gullo, RN, CBN Bariatric Coordinator, Dietician, Support Group Moderator, Co-Organizer Walk From Obesity
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(609) 441-8017 p
Allen Beier, RD Bariatric Program Registered Dietician, Support Group Moderator
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(609) 441-8017 p

*Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Please check this site for changes.

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