Surgical Weight Loss Center Newsletter

August 2012
In This Issue
Shopping the Grocery Store Perimeter
Jill Frey's Weight Loss Journey
Staff Spotlight - Breana Mitchell
Blackened Tuna with Tangy Mustard Sauce
Exercise Corner
Support Group
Bariatric Buddy System

If you live outside the Denver metro area and would like to connect with other patients we are offering a new program called the Bariatric Buddy System.  Please contact our office at 720-848-2070 to ask for the release form.  Once you have completed the form, fax it back to our office and we will provide you with the names and contact information for other patients that are interested in the program.  You can be a mentor to someone, find a mentor or get together to watch the recorded support groups on-line.



Personal Training

Personal training sessions are held during the following times: Tuesdays from 11-2, Wednesdays 8:30-11, and Friday 1-4. If you are interested in setting one up please contact Felicia at (720) 848-2070.
Free Exercise Classes

Exercise classes are held the 4th Tuesday of every month in the AIP in room 2007/2133. Our next class will be held August 28th at 6:00 pm. For more information please contact the Surgical Weight Loss Center at (720)848-2070.

Shopping the Grocery Store Perimeter

By: Vangie Korsgarden, RD

King Soopers/City Market


Shopping the grocery store perimeter, or the outer sections of the store, is important to optimizing your health as the perimeter encompasses the five major food groups which are nutrient-dense. Although there are many different layouts in grocery stores, the foods that reside along the outer walls of the grocery store are usually considered to be within the perimeter. It is important to try and make the majority of your food come from these areas as it is here where you will receive more nutrition for your dollar. This is not to say that you should not shop the inner isles of the store. Instead, you should be aware of the fact that the majority of "whole foods" are located within the perimeter. Whole foods are foods that have had minimal, if any, processing and are closer to their original state. When foods are closer to their original state, they are more nutritious.

Let's take a minute to think about what foods are in the perimeter. First, there is produce. The produce section encompasses both the fruit and vegetable food group; important to health for many reasons: high fiber content, high water content, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and don't forget about their low-calorie benefit. Bread is also found in the outer part of the store. Breads, pitas, English Muffins, etc. are great sources of carbohydrates, B vitamins and iron. Whole-grain bread options are even richer in nutrition as they contain more fiber and vitamin E than the more processed, white breads. The next area normally found along the back walls of the store is the meat and fish section. Meat and fish are rich in protein. Many fish are considered lean proteins, such as cod, tuna, and tilapia. Fish is not only high in protein but some, such as salmon, trout and mackerel are also rich in healthy fats, omega-3 fatty-acids.   
Patient Spotlight 

Jill Frey's Weight Loss Journey


I had Gastric Bypass RNY done in August 2009.  One of the best things that came out of my weight loss was being able to get down on the floor with my baby.  When I was over 200 pounds, I could not comfortably sit on the floor and had a very hard time getting up.  Trying to pick up the baby and get off the floor at the same time was impossible.  I also couldn't fit in airline seats.  When my baby was nine months old, I flew to see my mom.  I didn't fit in the seat, and could not hold my baby in my lap.  He didn't fit between me and the seat in front of me.  I was so embarrassed. I couldn't get out of the seat holding him. I had to pass him to the flight attendant, and then get out of my seat.


The most difficult aspect of my weight loss journey has to be the change of mind set.  For the longest time I was still a fat person in my head.  I wanted to eat like I used to. I wanted to fill my plate with my favorites. 


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Staff Spotlight 

Breana Mitchell, NP


What is your role on the bariatric team?

 I see patients for initial consultations, preoperative visits and follow up.  I also assist the surgeons in the operating room.


When did you join the team?

I have been a member of the bariatric team since 2008, but have worked in the University Hospital system since 1997.


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Recipe of the Month

Blackened Tuna with Tangy Mustard Sauce


Prep Time: 15 minutes

This Recipe Serves 4 Ingredients

1 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tsp ground black pepper
  tsp garlic powder
  tsp salt (optional)
4 4-ounce tuna filets
Cooking Spray
cup non-fat, plain Greek style yogurt
cup Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

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Exercise Corner

Strength Training


It's important to incorporate strength-training exercise into your exercise routine to build muscles as you lose weight. Muscle toning exercise will help you to look and feel better as the weight drops off.  You should start slowly with light weights. Begin by lifting no more than 1 or 2 lbs. If you don't own weights or prefer not to go to a gym, you can stand in the kitchen and grab a can of soup for starters. Hold the can in one hand as you extend your arm in front, keeping your palm down.  Lift the can straight up in the air eight to 10 times no more than shoulder height. Then bend your arm at the elbow with your palm up while continuing to lift the can for 10 more repetitions. Switch hands and repeat on the other side. Eventually, you should invest in free weights so that you can increase the amount of weight you lift.


Reference:  www.livestrong.com

Support Group

Our next support group will be on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 from 5:30 - 7:00. Our featured speaker will be Kristen Engelke and her topic will be "Utilizing Positive Perceptions." This will be held in room 2007. 


If you have missed support group, please see our website for recordings of past support groups:  http://www.uch.edu/conditions/weight-metabolism/surgical-weight-loss-center/


Upcoming Events
Support Group - August 22
12605 E. 16th Ave. Room 2007
Aurora, CO 80045

Canned food drive - The Surgical Weight Loss Center is planning a canned food drive.  We want to celebrate our patient's success and help our community in the process.  Our goal is to collect canned goods equal to the amount of pounds lost by our patients.  These canned goods will be donated to a local organization.  We need your creative minds to come up with a name for this food drive.  Please send suggestions to Lisa Kassel at lisa.kassel@uch.edu  

Motivational Quote

"Run away from toxic people.  Instead, surround yourself with others who are positive, who support you and want you to succeed."   

Author unknown


Contact Info
Main Clinic Number/Appointment Line (720) 848-2070
Main Hospital (720) 848-0000
Sara Cox, Surgery Coordinator (720) 848-2240
Breana Mitchell, Bariatric Nurse Practitioner (720) 848-2057
Lisa Kassel, Registered Dietitian (720) 848-6369
Liz Daeninck, Registered Dietitian (720) 848-7287
Our website http://www.uch.edu/conditions/weight-metabolism/surgical-weight-loss-center