Borgess Bariatrics
1717 Shaffer Street Suite 124
Kalamazoo, MI 49048 |

Bariatric Classes & Events

The Borgess Bariatric Center connects with patients on many levels to help achieve weight loss goals. Beginning with free bariatric seminars, our goal is to help you make the best decisions – and give you the best chance for success.

When you become a bariatric patient at Borgess, you become part of a dedicated team. We offer a variety of classes, events and support groups to help you achieve and maintain your weight-loss goals.

Here are a few examples of the ongoing support you can receive from the Borgess Bariatric Center:

Bariatric Support Group

At Borgess, we are dedicated to providing the information, encouragement and support network to help ensure the best weight loss outcomes possible. Bariatric support groups put you in touch with others who have had bariatric surgery, so you can ask questions as well as share your successes and lifelong commitment to losing weight and gaining life.

Our free support groups are led by licensed medical professionals and are held every second Tuesday and third Saturday of the month at the Borgess Health & Fitness Center. No registration is required. For more information call (269) 226.6863. For up-to-date schedule information, download our bariatric support group flyer.

Bariatric Cooking Class

Healthy nutrition is critical for bariatric surgery patients. To help make it tasty and fun, the Borgess Bariatric Center offers a free cooking class to help patients make good food choices, and achieve balanced nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

Bariatric Cooking Class features recipes from the Borgess “Light-Hearted Living Cookbook,” which are prepared by a local chef who explains each step. A registered dietitian will also discuss different aspects of the bariatric diet.

Classes are held on a quarterly basis. Registration is required and is available 30 days in advance of each class. To register, call (800) 828.8135 or (269) 226.8135. For up-to-date schedule information, download out bariatric cooking class flyer.

Fitness 101

Fitness 101 is a 60 to 90 minute class focused on guiding bariatric surgery and medical weight loss patients through the proper steps to living a healthier and more active lifestyle. Participants will be given education and support tools for the following topics:

  • How to set short and long term goals
  • How to increase your daily activity
  • How to use a pedometer
  • Exercise prescription- what is the right amount of exercise for you?
  • How to organize the right training program from you
  • Why exercise variety is important to achieving results over time
  • Proper cardiovascular exercises
  • Where to start with resistance training
  • Proper exercise attire

To sign up or for more information, please call (269) 552.2340.

Bariatric Surgery Reunion

Patients of the Borgess Bariatric Center always look forward to our annual reunion as a chance to celebrate their hard work and success with those who appreciate it most. It’s a great chance to catch up with your surgeon and your care team — as well as a chance to meet others who have had bariatric surgery and discuss each other’s experiences and triumphs.