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Patient Support Groups

Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups

Support group meetings are offered once a month and designed to assist in the lifetime journey of post-surgery weight loss. Each meeting will offer an educational topic followed by an opportunity for patients to share their success and pitfalls with fellow attendees.

Those welcome to attend our bariatric support groups:

  • Hands in a huddleWeight-loss surgery investigators seeking information and the “real-story”
  • Pre-op patients waiting for weight loss surgery
  • Early post-op patients or “newbies”
  • Long-term veteran patients to support others and just checking in
  • Back on trackers seeking to re-lose pounds
  • Friends or family members
  • Professionals-medical or other

Our support group meetings are intended for post-surgical weight loss patients of the UF Health Weight Loss Surgery Center; however, anyone new to the Gainesville area who is receiving or considering care with us is welcome to attend. There is no charge for attending the meeting and parking vouchers are available if needed. Reservations are not required.

Upcoming meeting dates and times


6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., every third Thursday of the month


UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital
1515 SW Archer Road, Room 1204
Gainesville, FL  32608

2017 Schedule

Date Day and Time Topic
1/19/2017 Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm Getting back on track or Diet recovery after the holidays
2/16/2017 Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm Reshaping your taste
3/16/2017 Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm Modifying meals and recipe conversions
4/20/2017 Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm Jarrod-Rethinking your Pouch
*5/18/2017 Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm Walk with the Doc
6/15/2017 Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm Healthy choices on the Go and Eating out
*7/20/2017 Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm Grocery Shopping and family meal planning- Meeting at the Walmart in West Butler Plaza
8/17/2017 Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm Body Contouring After Weight Loss with Dr. Adam Katz
9/21/2017 Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm The Finishing Touches with Chelle Williams
10/19/2017 Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm Meeting at Dillard’s in the Oaks Mall
11/16/2017 Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm Body Contouring After Weight Loss with Dr. Adam Katz
12/21/2017 Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm Annual Holiday Party

*Not meeting in 1205 –alternate meeting location


Please contact Gwen Hasse, MSN, RN, UF Health bariatric coordinator, for further questions, concerns or topics of interest at or 352.265.0111 x29634.

If you are a member of the media or a journalism student who would like to report on this seminar, you must make prior arrangements with Katrina McAfee at 352.594.4135 or UF Health policy states that all reporters must be escorted while on Shands-owned or UF-owned and -operated property.