Strong support means better success

Losing weight and keeping it off is difficult. It takes maintaining your motivation and staying on track. That‘s why it’s so important for all our patients to have a strong support system. Having a solid support system of friends, family and a dedicated care team is one of the most important factors influencing your success.

Our surgical weight loss program is designed to help give our patients the support and tools they need to be successful now and in the future.

Upcoming Bariatric Surgery Support Groups:

All Weight Loss Support Group Meetings will take place at UC Health Weight Loss Center:

7690 Discovery Drive, Suite 1700
West Chester, OH 45069

For more information or to register, please contact Pamela Watkins at or (513) 475-8211.

Support Group Options


We offer regular support group meetings for all surgery patients regardless of where they are in their weight loss journey. Each session is led by one of our weight loss professionals and focuses on a specific topic. Patients have the opportunity to discuss challenges, share successes and form bonds with those going through the same experience, all in a warm and supportive environment. These sessions help to motivate and keep you on track for achieving and maintaining your weight loss goals.

BEST-Start Group (Binge, Eating, Strategies and Tools)

Program for patients who think they may have a Binge Eating Disorder and/or have been diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder.

BEST Start is a four-week group session, exclusively for UC Health Weight Loss Center weight loss patients, providing a welcoming, safe environment to learn and share about eating habits, emotions, thoughts, and plans.

BEST Start was developed by Binge Eating Disorder experts at the Cleveland Clinic, and is designed to provide members with the skills and tools for healthy weight-loss, intentional food choices, and emotional support.

BEST Start Program will run four consecutive weeks on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:15 p.m.

All sessions are held in classroom B, located down the hall on the right from the UC Health Weight Loss Center (Suite 1700 in the North Building), and are led by Dr. Lisa West-Smith and/or Dr. Stephen Benoit.

For information or to register, please talk with a staff member who can provide you with a registration form, or contact Dr. Lisa West-Smith at 513-939-2263 for more details.

Many of our weight loss patients have diabetes. The UC Health Diabetes Management Program offers a number of free or low-cost support and education programs for those with diabetes. Register online or call (513) 298-SUGR (7847) for information about this program.

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