Diabetes Support Group

Diabetes, Diabetic Support GroupLocal Support for People with Diabetes

Are you or someone you know diabetic? A support group for individuals with diabetes meets nearby! Join us the first Wednesday of every month from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Southwest Memorial Hospital. Learn how to effectively manage your health concerns. Share ideas with others at these informative, informal meetings. Sessions are free and open to anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Contact Jamie Ritthaler at 970-564-2352 for details.

A diabetic person may feel as if there’s too much to learn. They may feel overwhelmed as a result. You don’t have to do it alone. Join our free support group where you will receive help. Topics include:

  • What diabetes means to you and your loved ones
  • How to remain emotionally healthy
  • Best nutrional practices for your lifestyle
  • Exercise and physical fitness for all ages and body types

Teamwork Works

Connect with others with shared experiences so you can obtain better control of your health. Learn to manage blood sugar, improve your quality of life, and be less prone to depression. Because support from others reduces the burden you feel, your self-care is more likely to improve.

Diabetic Support Groups Help You…

  • Connect with others who face similar circumstances. It can be isolating to be around well-meaning family and friends because they don’t know exactly what it’s like to be living with diabetes.
  • Recognize self-blame. Rather than accuse yourself, you can learn to improve your outlook.

Diabetes Education has more information on how Southwest Health System helps area residents become as healthy as they can be. Additionally, the ADA may provide additional help.

Support Group: Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss

Support Group Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

Have you or a loved one had bariatric surgery for weight loss? Considering a gastric bypass or other surgery to help manage obesity? There are important decisions regarding obesity and health. It makes sense to be well-informed and to join a support group.


Questions about Weight Loss Surgery?

  • Is bariatric surgery for me?
  • What is it like?
  • How can I best recover since weight loss surgery
  • How do I manage weight after bariatric surgery?
  • Are there other surgery options besides gastric bypass?
  • Should I just go on a diet and exercise program for weight loss?

A support group can address these concerns. You’ll be more likely to learn from others who have experienced weight loss challenges as a result. Another reason to join our support group is to find motivation and inspiration.

Weight Loss Support Group

At the Southwest Memorial Hospital, a free support group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Share ideas and exchange information with others who have had a gastric bypass, sleeve, or other weight loss surgery. Contact the group facilitator, Southwest Memorial Hospital’s Registered Dietitian Laura White, RDN at 970-564-2276 for more information. Our Nutrition Education Department also provides nutrition and pre-bariatric surgery counseling.

Visit the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery . It has more learning resources for those who have considered or experienced weight loss surgery.