Support Groups

Building a network of support is critical to your ongoing weight loss success. Join our support group, swap stories and meet positive role models.

Our support groups are free and open to the public. You don’t even need to be a Swedish patient to attend. Guests are always welcome, so feel free to bring a friend or family member. Registration is not required – just show up.

Surgical support groups

We invite pre- and post-operative patients to attend our weight loss surgery support groups, led by a dietitian and psychologist. If you’re considering surgery, drop by and meet individuals who have already experienced it.

Choose the group that best fits your schedule:

Second Saturday of each month
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Swedish Orthopedic Institute, First Floor Conference Room
601 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
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Fourth Tuesday of each month
6 to 7 p.m.
Swedish Issaquah Education & Conference Center, Success Room
751 NE Blakely Dr., Issaquah, WA 98029
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Non-surgical support group

Our dietitians are ramping up our non-surgical weight loss support group. 


Because this is a new group, we are still figuring out the calendar. Please check our Facebook page for the latest schedule.

If you’re interested in joining this group, let us know your preferred time and place by emailing WLSDietitian@swedish.org.

Popular topics
Our support groups are fluid, and discussions vary based on what matters most to attendees. Occasionally we have guest speakers and other times the format is more unscripted. Here’s a snapshot of topics you can expect:

  • Nutrition after bariatric surgery
  • Meal planning and grocery shopping
  • Emotional eating and mindless eating
  • Relationship changes
  • Stress management and reduction
  • Plastic surgery after weight loss
  • Exercise
  • How to handle holidays and events
  • Relapse prevention
  • Goal-setting and healthy habits
  • Eating away from home
  • Food diaries and journaling
  • Body image and self-confidence
  • Motivation
  •  “Food pushers” or unsupportive people
  • Recipe sharing