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.

March 2013 Support Group

We are here for you! 
Inspiration  Education  Motivation  Fellowship
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Elizabeth Rose Room
Topic: "Cook It Once - Eat It Twice"
Join Alice Henneman from UNL Extension and learn how to get more out of your cooking. Recipes and handouts will be available.
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Saint Elizabeth Rose Room
Topic: "Grief - What is it, and how does it affect our daily living"
Join our grief counselor and gain insight into how the grief process affects our lives.
 Celebrate Nutrition Month!  


Marilyn Wadum, RD

Bariatric Nutrition Therapist


March is National Nutrition Month when we celebrate our health and focus on the importance of making informed choices. 


This year's theme is "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day." This includes developing sound eating and physical activity habits.


Does this sound familiar? For anyone who has had weight-loss surgery, this is a message we hear over and over again. The message gets old after awhile, so it is up to us to make and keep the message fresh.


What are we doing now to make each day the best day? How are we taking care of our bodies? Where do we put ourselves in our list of priorities?


We often hear patients say, "the surgery is just a tool - the rest we have to do ourselves." This is the reality - and it applies to everyone, not just to those who have had weight-loss surgery.


So what can we do to make our goals fresh?

  1. Get out and do something new - don't let the winter blues get you down.
  2. Try a new food - the same old food can get tiring.
  3. Reach out to a friend or family member - is there something you can do for them?  
 Wishing good health to
   each and every one of you!

 Creative Cooking

   Recipe of the Month  


 Seafood Chowder Made Easy

From the Recipe Box of Marilyn Wadum


-2 cups chicken broth (boxed or from cubes)

-1 tablespoon reduced fat margarine

-1/2 cup finely chopped onion

-2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2- inch cubes

-2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped fine

-1 pound fish fillets (tilapia or haddock), cut into 1-inch pieces

-1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

-1/4 teaspoon black pepper

-2 cups skim milk


1.  Add chicken broth, margarine, onion, potatoes, carrots, fish, thyme and pepper to a large saucepan. Cover and bring broth to a boil over medium heat.

2.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender and fish flakes easily with fork (about 10 - 12 minutes).

3.  Add milk. Cook chowder over medium heat, uncovered and stirring until chowder begins to bubble and is heated through.


Serves: 4

Nutrition Analysis per serving:  255 calories, 7 gm fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 580 mg sodium, 25 gm carbohydrate, 23 gm protein.


Seafood for the Season! 

  • Seafood contains healthy nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, iron, B-vitamins and does not have saturated fat.
  • Eating 2 - 3 servings a week can offer big health benefits such as maintaining brain health and reducing heart disease by 30 percent.
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.
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In the Community


Making A Difference -  

Sign Up for the 2013 Cornhusker Games!


Make your plans to sign up for the 5K Energy Walk on Saturday, July 20. 

The proceeds will support 'Teach A Kid To Fish' - a non-profit foundation promoting movement to prevent childhood obesity.


Registration Information: Register by Monday, June 17 and receive an early entry fee of $25.00, a $5.00 savings.

Click here for more information. 



Save the Date!
Annual Reunion
Saturday, September 28 

Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery Center is excited to announce our annual reunion will be held again at Hillcrest Country Club. 


The Patient Advisory Board is already busy working on providing an inspirational and exciting day for all.


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


You can read previous newsletters on the Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery Center website.


For more information, or to contribute to the E-Newsletter, please contact our 

Bariatric Program Coordinator at 402-219-7638 or