Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Accredited Center  
Welcome to your Metabolic & Bariatric Accredited 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.

Support Group Schedule

for June and July 

                We are here for you! 


 Inspiration  Education   Motivation Fellowship  


FITNESS FUN will start out our meeting, so please bring comfortable shoes.


Date: Tuesday, June 3
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Saint Elizabeth Rose Room 
Topic: "Coaching for Living Life" - plan to join us to hear Laurie Weber, Health Coach, as she offers us insight into living a full life.

Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Saint Elizabeth Tapestry Room
Topic: "Putting Movement First". Anthony Sobotka, Exercise Physiologist will present and help inspire us to be more active. 

All patients, family members and support persons are welcome to attend. If you are preparing for your surgery, please join us as well!

Men's Health Night  

Get Back in the Game!



This is your challenge: get out and do a fun sport or game and do something good for yourself!

We welcome you to join us at Saint Elizabeth for a free event that invites men to learn about exercise, grilling, golf techniques and health tips all with a focus on fun. Get inspired and back in the game with healthy eating habits.

To celebrate Men's Health Week, Saint Elizabeth is hosting a Men's Health Night on Monday, June 16. The goal is to empower men to make their health a priority and encourage them to take steps to improve their physical and mental health.

Join us anytime between 5:30 - 6:45 p.m., and  choose between several activities, such as a healthy grilling demonstration that includes sampling and exercise tips from fitness experts from the YMCA. Health care providers from the community will also be available to answer health questions from guests. In addition, you can learn how to improve your golf swing.

After the activities, a light dinner will be served followed by a short program. Dr. Robert Rhodes, family physician, will be the emcee for the evening, and the UNL Huskers Defensive Coordinator Coach Papuchis will share some motivational messages with us. Followed by Dr. Reggie Thomas, gastroenterologist and Dr. Sagar Damle thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon presenting information about how men can keep their heart, lungs and GI system on track.

The event will be held in the lower level of Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Wednesday, June 16 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. and it's free.

Registration is required. Please click here to register or call 402-219-7000.

We hope you can attend these fun events for your health. Best wishes for a Happy Spring!

Danette Larkins, Bariatric Program Coordinator


Marilyn Wadum, RD


Creative Cooking

Recipe of the Month


Fresh Strawberry and  

Cheese Delights

From the Recipe Box of Marilyn Wadum


4 Reasons to eat Strawberries:

  1. One cup has only 45 calories, 3gm fiber and more Vitamin C than an orange.
  2. Provides nutrients that help control high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
  3. Contain antioxidants which may help slow or prevent age-related decline in mental function.
  4. Contains ellagic acid which may reduce the growth and spread of certain cancers.

Source: The American Diabetes Association 



Serves 12 (one each)



12 medium strawberries, hulled and sliced

1 teaspoon Splenda (or sugar)

cup (2 oz) reduced-fat cream cheese

cup crumbled blue cheese

1 - 2 teaspoons water, if needed

1 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives

teaspoon ground pepper

12 slices whole grain baguette (1/4 inch thick), warmed or toasted

  1. Combine strawberries and sugar in medium bowl and let stand while making cheese spread.
  2. Combine cream cheese and blue cheese in a small bowl using a fork. Add water, if necessary, for a thick but spreadable consistency. Stir in chives and pepper.
  3. Spread about 1 teaspoon of the cheese mixture on each baguette. Top with sliced berries. Enjoy! 

Nutrition Analysis for one serving:

Calories: 66

Fat: 2 gm

Protein: 2 gm

Carbohydrate: 10 gm

Sodium: 139 mg 

If you have a healthy recipe you would like to share, please email to If available, please include nutritional information.


Recipes must be original family recipes. If using another source, you must send us copyright permission. 
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