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

August and September 

                We are here for you! 


 Inspiration,  Education,    

Motivation & Fellowship   


Fitness Fun: Support Group meetings begin with 15 minutes of light stretching, so plan to bring comfortable shoes.  


DATE: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
TIME: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Saint Elizabeth Rose Room

TOPIC: "Hobbies and Interests Following Weight Loss Surgery"

Sharon J., post op patient, will discuss the importance of incorporating balance and purpose into our lives with the use of hobbies and interests - part of the weight loss journey.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
TIME:  6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Saint Elizabeth Rose Room

TOPIC: "Surgical Body Re-Shaping Following Weight Loss Surgery:

PRESENTER: Join Dr. Todd Orchard, Plastic Surgeon as he presents information on plastic surgery following weight loss surgery.  

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

PLEASE NOTE: Room location subject to change:
  • Room Roster is located outside of Rose/Franciscan meeting rooms
  • Hospital Front Desk has location of classes

You Can Do It  


How many times have we been told, and have told ourselves, that 'we can do it' - whatever it is. And we CAN do it, but we cannot do it alone.


In our lifelong weight loss journey we have been given many tools that are designed to help us be successful in becoming healthier. But not all of this can be done on our own - we need to have helping hands from others.


We need assistance from parents, significant others, family, friends, colleagues, professionals and more. Maybe we never learned how to involve others in our efforts. Our culture makes it very clear that we need to be self-reliant. In fact, it is considered desirable to 'make it on our own'.


Our Bariatric Program at Saint Elizabeth is designed to provide each patient with the support and education needed to make this journey. We believe very strongly in our Patient Support Group which is open to all people, before, during and after surgery. Our purpose is to provide a 'safe place' for members to feel a connection and to share many things they have in common. The people around us may not have the skills or knowledge to understand what we've been through, but we trust those who have had weight loss surgery to be empathetic, encouraging, motivating and kind to each other.


We say that 'You Can Do It'. And we invite you to attend a Patient Support Group in your area. We exist for you, and we are here to give you that helping hand.


Have a happy and safe summer. You deserve it!


Danette Larkins, RN, BSN
Bariatric Program Coordinator
Marilyn Wadum, RD
Bariatric Nutrition Therapist


Creative Cooking

Recipe of the Month

  Grilled Shrimp 

From Chef Dave 


Recipe Serves Four  



  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped fine
  • 4 skewers
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste 
  1. Peel jumbo shrimp, and place 4 ounces of shrimp on each skewer
  2. Place shrimp skewers into an airtight container, and add remaining ingredients
  3. Marinate at least 2 hours
  4. Place shrimp on grill over medium heat and cook 3 minutes each side
  5. Shrimp may take longer depending on size.   

Nutrition Analysis for one serving:

Calories: 156  

Fat: 4gm

Protein: 23gm

Carbohydrate: 5gm

Sodium: 356mg 

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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In the Community   

 New Class:  
Reshape Your Workout

This class was specifically designed by bariatric postop patients to meet the needs of incorporating daily exercise and activity. 
  • Next class begins in September at St. Elizabeth  
  • Classes meets twice per week on Tuesday and Thursday for 4 weeks.
  • Fee for Class: $45.00 for eight sessions
  • Fitness Leader: Annette Reeves, Exercise Therapist  
Details on dates of next class will be listed in next E-Newsletter. For more information and to register,

contact Annette Reeves directly at: 402-202-5219.


Spread the Word

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

Class Schedule

More Life for Gary from Grand Island

More Life for Gary S. - Saint Elizabeth Metabolic & Bariatric Accredited Surgery Center 
Gary lost 109 pounds after weight loss surgery at Saint Elizabeth.   



Click here to view more patient testimonials
Contact Us

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


If you have any suggestions for support group topics,education or would like to contribute information to this newsletter please contact Danette Larkins, Metabolic & Bariatric Program Coordinator at 402-219-7638 or


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