HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at Baltimore, Maryland, USA or Virtually from your home or work.
Brenda Hoehn, Speaker at Obesity Conferences
ProCare Health, United States


Help others by facilitating a Support Group! Some patients report that a support group helps them achieve long-term success in their weight loss by helping them to maintain weight and keep it from coming back. Being able to hear what other patients have gone through and are experiencing often helps to normalize the weight loss process. Here we dive into setting up a Support Group, development of topics and an outline, and strategies to keep people coming back for more!

Audience Take Away:

  • Set-Up of a Support Group: Reasons for support, group dynamics, facilitators/mediators, time/place/platforms, partnerships, advertising, and costs.
  • Topics and Outline of a Support Group: Topic areas (Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual), guest speakers, ground rules, outline of meeting, and how to handle handouts.
  • How To Get People to Come Back to Events: Factors encouraging people to return to meetings, ideas for continued facilitation, and research of support groups.


Brenda Hoehn MSN, BSN, RN, CHTP Brenda is a bariatric nurse and has worked with thousands of bariatric surgery patients pre- and post-op. She has certifications in both life-coaching and in a holistic practice called Healing Touch. She currently works in the bariatric vitamin industry with ProCare Health whereas she offers bariatric LIVE topics weekly & Support Groups for patients and facilities. She intertwines all of this including her own incredible bariatric surgery journey – VSG in 2013.