TriStar Centennial August 16, 2012

Centennial Center for the Treatment of Obesity offers patients access to support groups for life

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 16, 2012) – Weight-loss surgery is a life-changing decision. At TriStar Centennial Medical Center, bariatric patients can count on a lifetime of support to help adapt to and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

One of the resources available to patients is a network of support groups that meet regularly on the TriStar Centennial campus and around the region. Support groups are a place for patients to share ideas in an environment that empowers them to make a positive change in their lives.

“We’re always looking for fun and informative ways to encourage our patients to embrace habits that will compliment their surgery,” said Pamela Davis, director of the Centennial Center for the Treatment of Obesity in Nashville, Tenn. “Living healthy can be fun, as we showed with exercise demonstrations at our meeting here this week.”

Many weight loss patients and candidates are embracing exercise and healthy eating habits for the first time. Demonstrations can help take the intimidation out of exercising or any new activity.

Davis said that support groups offer a safe and encouraging environment for patients to try something new and fun.

This week’s Zumba exercise demonstration was especially inspiring because Cora Jane Reynolds, the instructor, is also a TriStar Centennial weight loss surgery patient. She had gastric bypass surgery in August 2009.

She said that being back and participating in support groups is a great way for her to be involved and “pay it forward” to others going through a similar experience to her weight loss journey.

“These support groups are very helpful for me to share other people's weight loss journeys. I learn so much every time I attend,” Reynolds said. “Now I get to inspire others the way I was inspired.”

Centennial Center for the Treatment of Obesity holds support groups weekly at multiple locations around Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Discussion topics include healthy eating, stress management, how to deal with ‘head hunger,’ and how to keep your head in the game along the weight loss journey.

For a list of weight loss surgery informational seminars, support group locations and schedules, or to learn more about weight loss surgery at the Centennial Center for the Treatment of Obesity, visit and select TriStar Centennial or call (615) 342-1919.

Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room at Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.

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