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.

June Support Group

We are here for you! 
Inspiration  Education  Motivation  Fellowship
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Elizabeth Rose Room
Topic: Plastic Surgery after Weight-Loss Presented by: Dr. Todd Orchard
Webinar presentation available in Grand Island - Contact Gary S. at 308-379-0535 for more details.
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Elizabeth Rose Room Topic: Patient Picnic and Open Forum
Purchase food in the cafeteria or bring a sack lunch. We will meet on the patio outside of the cafeteria.
My challenge to you: Call and invite someone to support group in June. It may be the call they need to reconnect. One never knows how we may touch another until we reach out and think of others. You will be blessed in return.
The Art of Bariatric Medicine
What is a bariatrician? A bariatrician is a physician with special training in bariatric medicine, the art and science of medical weight management and comprehensive obesity treatment. Dr. Leon Jons started Nebraska Bariatric Medicine (8445 Andermatt Drive, Suite 102, Lincoln.)  
Bariatricians use current research and science to establish an individualized plan of care. Services include:
1. Full medical exams
2. Nutrition and diet guidelines
3. Individual or group counseling
4. Patient education
5. Behavioral therapy
6. Bariatric medication prescriptions
7. Pre- and post-surgery care
How can a bariatrician help you before or after a weight-loss surgery procedure? If you are contemplating surgery, Dr. Jons can assist with supervised dieting and health stablization prior to weight-loss surgery. Some post-op weight-loss surgery patients often slip back into ineffective coping skills, making poor food choices and experience the fear of regaining weight. Dr. Jons has worked with bariatric surgical patients for many years and understands the post-op challenges many experience in the pursuit of long-term success.
We are all responsible for taking care of ourselves after weight-loss surgery. The responsibility of work, family and daily life can distract us from focusing on ourselves. It is at this time we can seek out tools that will help us refocus and get inspired to take better care of ourselves. 
Obesity is a chronic disease and weight-loss surgery is just one intervention to improve our health problems. It is not a cure, it doesn't go away. I heard a surgeon say that the first year or so the surgery is responsible for 80 percent of weight-loss and the patient 20 percent. Once the "honeymoon" is over (between 12 - 18 months after surgery), the patient is 80 percent responsible for success and the surgery itself 20  percent.
It is important that we have a plan and know about resources to help us progress to better health.
For further information on Nebraska Bariatric Medicine go to or call Shelly at 402-219-7638.
Springtime blessings,
Shelly Holman RN, CBN

Creative Cooking

Recipe of the Month 


   Strawberry Spinach Salad

1 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar (or sugar substitute)

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


In a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil. Add sugar and cook until syrupy, about three minutes. Remove from heat and stir in olive oil. It may appear to separate.



4 cups of baby spinach (fresh is best!)

2 cups of strawberries (whole if they are small, halved or quartered if large)

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion


Wash and dry spinach. Put into a large salad bowl with strawberries and onion. Pour warm (not hot) dressing over spinach salad. Toss and serve immediately.


This is a great salad to accompany grilled fish, chicken, turkey or your favorite protein meat. You receive a small serving of greens, fruit from the berries and spinach as your vegetable.


Nutritional Value for a 1 cup serving:

Carbohydrate: 2 grams 

Protein: 2 grams

Fat: 2 grams

Calories: 50

Berries are full of flavor and flavonoids, those little plant chemicals that are good for you! Berries are low-calorie, virtually fat free and good for your general well-being.


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



Don't Miss this Day!
Patient Reunion
Saturday, September 28
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Stretch For Success!
We are excited to announce the keynote speaker:
Marty Wolff
Marty is a past participant on "The Biggest Loser"  
This reunion is for all individuals that have had surgery or are in the process of preparing for surgery. More details to come! 


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

You can view the Reshape Your Life class from home. We encourage you to attend in person to receive answers to your questions and meet the specialists.  

Reshape Your Life - Presented by Dr. Raymond Taddeucci at Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery Center
 Dr. Raymond Taddeucci


Contact Us

The Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery Center team is here to help you take steps towards a healthier you. We appreciate your feedback and comments.


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 

Metabolic & Bariatric Program Coordinator at 402-219-7638 or