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Support Groups

The Metabolic & Weight Management Center recognizes the changing needs of weight-loss patients. To ensure quality care, we offer a free monthly support group for FirstHealth patients, a free patient-led monthly support group open to FirstHealth patients and the public, and a closed Facebook group open to FirstHealth patients.


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Support group meetings assist patients in addressing the many variables they may experience in their weight-loss journey. Sessions have been shown to directly increase the chances of short- and long-term patient success.

Following weight-loss surgery, patients not only face new eating and drinking behaviors but also difficulties in making sense of the role food plays in their life. Surrounded by people who understand and have similar goals, group participants get up-to-date weight-loss information and have the opportunity to discuss personal issues associated with bariatric surgery.

Our support group focuses on developing a new relationship with food. Group topics center on dealing with nutritional and physical health as well as emotional, mental, psychological and spiritual well-being.

A typical support session includes a presentation and discussion on topics or a specific topic. Time is always set aside at the conclusion of each meeting to allow patients who are at the beginning of their bariatric surgery journey to ask questions of the group. 

Encouragement and support from your peers is an essential element to supplement your success. 

This is a free and closed support group for FirstHealth patients only.

When: 6-7 p.m., second Thursday of each month

Where: Held using Zoom.  Meeting ID and Password are posted on the closed Facebook page Weigh2Focus. In-person meeting coming soon to be held on an alternating basis. In-person meeting formats are subject to change based on COVID-19 restrictions. 

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We also have a patient-led support group.  This group is an open forum for discussion and support for those who have had weight-loss surgery or are planning to have weight-loss surgery.

This support group is free and open to the public.

When: 6-7 p.m., fourth Monday of each month

Where: Held using Zoom.  Please call Melissa Risk at (910) 235-2801 for the meeting ID and password. In-person meeting coming soon to be held on an alternating basis. In-person meeting formats are subject to change based on COVID-19 restrictions. 


Our patients are encouraged and invited to attend both groups.

For more information, please call (910) 235-4020.


Patients are also invited to join our Facebook group, Weigh2Focus.

This is a closed group created to give both post-operative and pre-operative patients of the Metabolic & Weight Management Center a forum for posting comments, questions, pictures, recipes, etc.

Just log in to your Facebook account, type Weigh2Focus in the search box and ask to be added to the group.




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