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Weight Loss Support Group

The Weight Loss Support Group meets at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the NMMC Wellness Center, 1030 S. Madison. Support group meetings are free, but participants may call (662) 377-SLIM (377-7546) or 1-866-908-9465 for more information.

The group provides education and emotional support for patients who are considering or have had bariatric surgery. Attendance at one Weight Loss Support Group meeting is required prior to bariatric surgery. North Mississippi Medical Center has been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Weight Loss Support Group meetings are also available online by clicking the link below each month's topic.


Upcoming Weight Loss Support Group Meetings

Click here to download a printable 2018 schedule.


January 4

Ask the Surgeon

Will Cauthen, M.D.


February 1

Weight Loss and Women's Anatomy

Ali Parden, M.D.


March 1

Orthopedic Concerns of Morbid Obesity

Stephen Southworth, M.D.


April 5

Tasting Healthy Food

Ginger Mark, R.D., CDE

Click here to watch online


May 3

Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Terry Pinson

Click here to watch online


June 7*

Bariatric Health Fair


July 5

Women's Health

Brandy Patterson, M.D.

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August 2

Personal Testimonies & Living Ads

Vivian Rogers, DNP, NP-C

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September 6

How Behavior & Emotion Affect Outcomes

Mike Oliver, Ph.D.

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October 4

Shape It Up! Redefining Your Silhouette

Dr. Alan Pritchard

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November 1

Developing Safe Exercise Routines

Wellness Center Staff

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December 6

Taste of the Holidays

Bariatric Center Staff
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Note: One Support Group meeting must be attended prior to surgery. This requirement can be met by attending in-person or virtually through the web link.

* Meets at the Bariatric Clinic, 408 Council Cr., Suite C, Tupelo, Miss.

Now that the Bariatric Center is designated as an Accredited Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program and is recognized in the Optum Centers of Excellence Network, weight loss surgery at NMMC is covered by more health plans, including those for teachers, state employees and many offered by employers. So, check your health plan benefits, talk to your doctor and weigh your options.