Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery Program
Welcome to your Bariatric Surgery Center E-Newsletter!  
We are happy to provide another way to keep you connected to the latest news and information during your experience of Reshaping Your Life.
Attend August Support Group
We are here for you!
Inspiration  Education  Motivation  Fellowship

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Elizabeth Rose Room
Topic: Chris Akers from Saint Elizabeth Sleep Disorders Center will present information on what you need to know about Sleep Disorders and Your Health.

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Elizabeth Rose Room
Topic: Our Patient Panel will share what they learned in the 2012 'Spring In To Action' Weight Management program. Learn about the tools they have integrated into their lives.

Bring a friend or family support person...everyone is welcome!  

Summer Hydration 
Drink More Fluids
Did you know that your body is about 70% water? Many of us have trouble drinking enough fluids during the hot summer days to stay hydrated. Thirst is not a good indicator of hydration. Signs of heat exhaustion (headaches, dizziness, heavy sweating, muscle cramps, nausea and loss of concentration) can occur rapidly. If these occur, get out of the heat; drink water, juice or sports drinks and if necessary, get medical attention.
Five Ways to Stay Hydrated:
  1. Choose water first - bottled or tap, and drink two cups every half hour when working or playing, in addition to the eight glasses of water needed each day.
  2. Sports drinks will work well due to the extra electrolytes they contain.
  3. Use non-calorie flavor boost options or squeeze citrus fruit into your water.
  4. Add sliced fresh cucumbers, sliced oranges or lemons to a pitcher of water for flavor.
  5. Freeze your favorite drink into ice cubes or popsicles for added fun.

A Word of Caution: Alcohol, energy drinks, coffee and tea are not good hydrators because they work as a diuretic in the body.


Enjoy the summer months and drink more when it's hot outside. Your body will thank you!


Used with Permission: Food for Thought, Hy-Vee July 2012

Creative Cooking
Recipe of the Month
Mozzarella Pepper Salsa

Serves 12

  • 1 (8 ounce) block mozzarella cheese, diced into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 2 green onions, cut diagonally into thin slices
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 head Belgian endive, separated into leaves

1. Combine Mozzarella cheese, red peppers, green onion, fresh basil and olive oil in medium bowl; mix well. Season with pepper.

2. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight. Serve on endive leaves with whole grain crackers

Yield: 3 cups


Nutrient Analysis Per serving61calories, 5g protein, 4g fat, 10mg cholesterol, 2g carbohydrates and 150mg sodium


Used with Permission: Midwest Dairy Association

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In the Community
 Diabetes Education
Keep Your Journal 

Writing down what you eat on a daily basis helps you evaluate your dietary intake and stay on track with your meal plan. You can look back and evaluate protein, water, carbohydrates and types of foods that you have eaten each day. 


Portion size, emotions and exercise are also helpful to document. You can bring your journal to your doctor's appointment so the team can  evaluate your eating plan. If you reach a plateau, go back and review your eating, exercise and portion size and you may find the solutions.


You can visit with our dietitian at support group. Remember, you are establishing a new lifestyle and many of these habits will take time to develop. Start now and get on the road to success in improving your health and reducing excess body fat!

Shelly Holman RN, CBN
Bariatric Program Coordinator
Spread the Word

If you have a friend that is interested in weight-loss surgery, please share information on upcoming Reshape Your Life classes.

Class Schedule
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Heidi's Weight-Loss Surgery Success
Hear how Heidi improved her blood pressure and has more energy after weight-loss surgery.
Contact Us

Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery Center Team is here to help you take steps towards a healthier you.  


For more information, or to contribute to the E-Newsletter please contact our             Bariatric Program Coordinator at 402-219-7638 or