Group Descriptions


GETTING STARTED ("ESSENTIALS")

Becky Bailey & Maria Foley
This group presents an overview of our philosophy and provides a starting place from which to create an individual path through the rest of the program. Participation is a prerequisite for most other classes and groups. Topics include general nutrition topics, realistic weight goals, weight maintenance, fat and food dependency, portion control, and others. Please refer to the monthly calendar for topics.

FITNESS: MOVEMENT FOR LIFE

Fitness Instructor
Includes all of the exercise classes and programming offered in our fitness facility. Since classes are carefully adjusted to match patients' fitness levels, all patients, even those with no exercise experience, are encouraged to participate. We offer a variety of program options. Classes promote cardiovascular training, strength training, or flexibility. We also offer supervised training sessions in which the professional staff is available to address patients' individual needs and concerns. Please refer to the monthly calendar for classes and schedule.

NUTRITION: BEYOND THE BASICS

Susan Moore & Rebecca Mohning
An eight week series designed to provide patients the tools to learn nutritional concepts and a simple approach to managing calories to achieve weight loss and weight maintenance. In addition to weight management, this series addresses health risk management related to dietary consumption. Topics include meal planning, calorie balancing, drinks and dishes, restaurant eating, travel and vacations, baked goods, and accumulating activity.

ENGAGING IN CHANGE

Ben Bronheim & Bill Picon
Designed to engage patients in a process of understanding and changing important factors related to successful weight management. Group sessions help patients examine and work to change the roles that eating and body size play in their lives. Attention is paid to the broad range of psychological, emotional, and situational issues that affect eating, weight gain, and weight maintenance. The groups are structured to focus on the specific concerns of the patients in attendance. While this group is open for patients to "drop-in", the general pattern is for patients to attend a specific group regularly, allowing for a group process and patient interconnections to develop.

TREATMENT ISSUES IN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Bill Picon
Designed as a topic-based lecture and discussion on specific treatment issues in the long-term management of weight. Each class weaves together the didactic presentation and the discussion so that patients explore the personal implications of the material. Topics include: improving body image, managing emotional eating and other eating impulses, influencing the so-called "diet fairy," understanding and treating perfectionism, sustaining long-term motivation, and improving self-esteem. While this class is officially a "drop-in" class, patients generally attend on a regular basis and topics often stretch over a course of several sessions. Reading material is often handed out or emailed.

INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIORAL PRINCIPLES

Kathy Glazer
An eight session series that includes nutrition and behavioral topics. Sessions include meal planning, dining out, portion control, environmental redesign, and others. It is suggested that patients try to complete these classes as a series. Though it is not necessary for patients to complete them in sequence, participation in a sequence is preferable for patients who have no previous experience in behavior therapy.

UNDERSTANDING BINGE EATING

Marilyn Sperling
Designed for patients who have difficulty with binge or impulsive eating. Patients may continue in this group for as long as they are benefiting from the material under consideration.

RELAPSE INTERVENTION

Maria Foley
An ongoing, open discussion group for patients who are struggling with issues related to regaining weight following weight loss. It is an appropriate group for patients who are actively in relapse, as well as those who are not currently in relapse but who are concerned about their ability to sustain their weight loss because of past history with relapse.

REALISTIC WEIGHT & LONG TERM MANAGEMENT

Becky Bailey
Ongoing group for people who have completed basic classes and are looking to integrate strategies into their lives going forward. The group will use psychological and behavioral approaches. Please discuss entry with group leader.

MEN'S GROUP

Bill Picon
Designed to offer our male patients a format and setting specifically for men. The premise for this group is that while the topics of the Treatment Issues in Weight Management class and the process of the Engaging in Change groups are certainly relevant to men, there may be an advantage to sessions honed specifically at the issues men face in weight management. Sessions generally contain both didactic presentations and discussions.

TREATMENT OF EMOTIONAL EATING

Bill Picon & Ben Bronheim
Designed to help patients build a systematic approach to the management of emotional eating. The premise of the group is that many patients need help addressing the problem that long-term adherence to organized and controlled eating plans is often most seriously challenged by emergent drives to eat for emotional purposes. Patients develop an understanding of the nature and functions of emotional eating that opens up the opportunity to build specific alternative approaches to emotional management. Applicants for the group should be prepared to make a two-month minimum commitment so that there is sufficient time to develop and pursue specific treatment goals.

TREATMENT OF FOOD AND FAT DEPENDENCY

Bill Picon
We have repeatedly observed that many of our patients struggle with specific food and fat dependencies, which seriously compromise the capacity to sustain target behaviors consistent with positive weight management. In these instances, the dependency on eating or being overweight forces the patient to eat in accordance with the dependency rather than in accordance with weight management. Our treatment model begins with helping patients identify the underlying drivers to their specific food and fat dependency patterns. Short range treatment involves identifying and implementing effective alternate coping mechanisms so that the issues are managed without the dependency on eating and being overweight. Longer term treatment ultimately involves resolving the underlying issues.

POST-GASTRIC SURGERY SUPPORT GROUP

Becky Bailey
Designed specifically for patients working at weight management following gastric surgery. The group specifically addresses the intimate nutritional, medical, and psychological concerns of post-surgery patients.