Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery Program
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We are happy to provide another way to keep you connected to the latest news and information during your experience of Reshaping Your Life.

January 2013 Support Group

We are here for you! 
Inspiration  Education  Motivation  Fellowship
Special Announcement: There will be no meeting on January 1, 2013 due to the holiday.
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Elizabeth Rose Room
Topic: Leesa M. had weight-loss surgery almost two years ago. Join us as she shares her experience on how her life has changed.
Wishing each of you a very Happy New Year!
New Year - New You

It's a tradition that most of us start thinking about making 'New Year's Resolutions'. However, we find that most of these resolutions get lost in the busyness of our daily lives, and oftentimes make us feel like failures for not achieving them.


So let's ring out the old and invite in the new. As we say goodbye to one year, we can look forward to the hope and possibilities of another one. 


Let's make a promise to take care of ourselves on all levels - physically, mentally, spiritually, financially and emotionally. We can decide to make ourselves a priority and live life more fully.  This will require us to think differently - and maybe that is one promise we can keep. To believe that we are responsible for our own lives, and can do our best - one step, one day, at a time.


Wishing you a most Joyful New Year!


Marilyn Wadum, RD

Bariatric Nutrition Therapist

Creative Cooking

Recipe of the Month 


Fast and Delicious

 Chicken Vegetable Soup 

from the Recipe Box of Marilyn Wadum

  • 4 1/2 cups vegetable/tomato juice
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 4 cups assorted vegetables (carrots, broccoli, green beans, bell peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower, etc.)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes (or canned diced tomatoes)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped apples
  • 1 cup instant brown rice, cooked according to box directions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast, cut into thin slices (optional)

In a large saucepan, mix the vegetable/tomato juice, broth, onion, vegetables, tomatoes and apple. Bring to slow boil and add the cooked rice and curry powder.  Reduce heat and cover. Simmer 10 - 15 minutes, stirring often. If desired, add cooked chicken and heat 5 - 10 more minutes. 


Servings: 4

Nutritional content per serving (2 cups): 

226 calories, 3 grams fat, 20 grams carbohydrate,   5 grams protein, 360 mg sodium

If you have a healthy recipe you would like to share, please email to
Please include nutritional information if available.
Recipes must be original family recipes. If using another source you must send us copyright permission.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
A message from Kim Moore, President and CEO of Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center

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Making A Difference


Thank you to all of the Support Group participants who brought a gift for a child at the December Christmas Party.  


We received a thank you note from Susan Walsh RNC, MSN, Director of Children's Services at Saint Elizabeth.


"On behalf of all our pediatric patients and their families, we thank you for the two large totes of stuffed animals. Your thoughtfulness and generosity are greatly appreciated by all of us. We give them to the children when we have to start IVs or draw lab work - the children hold them during the scary procedure."  


It is good to give - for all of us receive much in return.


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

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     Change Your Life

Heidi shared her weight-loss journey with OH magazine. She changed her life by having weight-loss surgery and now can play with her children and be active. She can even outlast her children when they go to amusement parks as she has so much more energy.

Click here to read her story on the ObesityHelp website.
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