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

Bariatric Classes & Events

Everyone can use a little support.

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 the Borgess Bariatric Center, we are dedicated to providing the information, encouragement and support network to help ensure the best outcome possible. Bariatric Support Groups put you in touch with others who have had bariatric surgery, so you can share successes and questions, as well as your lifelong commitment to lose weight — and gain life.

2014 Bariatric Support Group Schedule

Free Support Groups are led by a Registered Nurse and Certified Bariatric Support Group Leader. They are held every second Tuesday and third Saturday of each month in the Borgess Health & Fitness Center.

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Saturdays, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9
  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 19
  • May 17
  • June 21
  • July 19
  • August 16
  • September 20
  • October 18
  • November 15
  • December 20

No registration is required. For more information about our bariatric support groups, please call (269) 226.6863.

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.

Join us for one of our upcoming cooking classes:

  • Tuesday, May 13
  • Tuesday, August 12
  • Tuesday, November 11

Registration for a cooking class is available 30 days in advance. For information about registering for an upcoming class, please call (269) 226.8135 or (800) 828.8135.

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.

This year's reunion theme will be "paying it forward," where some of our patients will share stories about how they've helped others begin their weight loss journey. The bariatric reunion will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Lawrence Education Center auditorium.