Seminars and Support Groups

Join us for Bariatric Support Group!  Meet with others who have had weight loss surgery or who are researching surgical options.  These meetings are educational and supportive.  Come share your experience with others in a fun and exciting environment.  It is an excellent opportunity to learn from others who have experienced weight loss surgery!

Those who will be undergoing bariatric surgery are required to attend at least 1 Support Group meeting prior to being scheduled for surgery.

You do not need to call to register.  Support persons are welcome to attend.

Location:  Midlands Clinic
705 Sioux Point Road
Dakota Dunes SD, 57049

Time: 6:00-7:00 pm The first and third Tuesday of every month

Parking: Free parking in the Midlands Clinic Parking Lot


March 19, 2019: How to find an “Accountability-buddy”

Accountability is key when trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Who or what holds you accountable? Please join us to discuss what great support looks like and how to find an “Accountability-buddy”.

April 2, 2019:  The 10 Most Common Mistakes Weight Loss Surgery Patients Make

While weight loss surgery is considered the most successful treatment for obesity, it is not the quick fix or easy way out.  This means that weight regain CAN happen.  This topic is based on a poll that was conducted, asking other weight loss surgery patients what mistakes they have made.  We share this information as way to prevent our patients from struggling with the same issues.

If you have not done so, please take the time to look up The National Association for Weight Loss Surgery ( and sign up for their newsletter).  Here you will find this article and many more!

April 16, 2019:  Nutrient Rich Protein Foods:  The BEST protein choices to make following weight loss surgery.

Not all protein choices are created equal.  After weight loss surgery consuming enough protein can be a major challenge.  Join us while we discuss how to get the most protein out of the foods you eat.

May 7, 2019:  Open Question and Discussion

Please join us for an informative night of Open Questions and Discussion.  Feel free to bring all of your questions and hot topics to be discussed.

May 21, 2019:  Moving:  The New Exercise Prescription

We talk often about the benefits of physical activity.  But have you ever wondered the consequences of NOT moving?  Join us to find out more.

June 4, 2019:  Hydration 101:  Fluids to Hydrate your Body Best 

Presented by Kathy Hart, Bariatric Nurse Educator

Please join us as we discuss the importance of hydration and the best ways to keep your body hydrated this summer.

June 18, 2019:  How to get the Most (PRACTICAL) Information from the Nutrition Facts Label

The Nutrition Facts Label is the best piece of information for us to know exactly what we are consuming nutritionally from the foods we eat.  Please just us to learn how to get the most useful information from these labels.


Support Group is facilitated by Megan Cleveland,
Registered Dietitian Midlands Clinic: 605-217-5566


March 13, 2019 – Dr. Vollstedt

March 18, 2019 – Dr. Rizk

April 10, 2019 – Dr. Vollstedt

April 23, 2019- Dr. Rizk


May 8, 2019 – Dr. Vollstedt

May 20, 2019 – Dr. Rizk

June 12, 2019 – Dr. Vollstedt

June 17, 2019 – Dr. Rizk

July 10, 2019 – Dr. Vollstedt

July 15, 2019- Dr. Rizk

August 14, 2019 – Dr. Vollstedt

August 19, 2018 – Dr. Rizk

September 11, 2019 – Dr. Vollstedt

September 16, 2019 – Dr. Rizk

October 9, 2019 – Dr. Vollstedt

October 21, 2019 – Dr. Rizk

November 13, 2019 – Dr. Vollstedt

November 18, 2019 – Dr. Rizk

December 11, 2019 – Dr. Vollstedt

December 16, 2019 – Dr. Rizk