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Classes Resume : Free Weight Loss Programs

Updated: Feb 1

Class is back in session! Memorial Hospital’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator, Melissa Soellner, will be resuming Weight Loss Group Programs and Diabetes Conversation Map Groups in April. She is excited to get back to meeting in-person. The in-person meetings provide better conversation, collaboration, education, and accountability to help keep participants on track towards their wellness goals. Sessions suspended a year ago in March of 2020 when the pandemic started. After a year of isolation, boredom, and reduction in activities, it has been a struggle for many to make their health and nutrition a priority. With the warmer weather coming, it is the perfect time to start setting new goals and be energized to improve your health.

Melissa will be offering two classes, her Prediabetes/Weight Loss Group sessions and Diabetes Conversation Map® sessions. Both group meetings will be held at Memorial Hospital in the Conference Room, which will allow for recommended spacing between participants. Everyone will also be asked to wear a mask throughout the duration of the sessions to ensure the safety of all participants. To register for a free session contact Melissa Soellner at 618-826-4581 ext. 1170.

Prediabetes/Weight Loss Group

Once a Week | April through July

Twice a Month | August to March

Wednesdays – 8:30am-9:30am

Get the support you need to create a plan that works for you to help lose weight. Learn facts about food and develop a healthy relationship with it. Learn tips to solve problems that may slow your progress. Find ways to get active. Discover how to plan healthy meals and take charge of the things you can control.

To receive the full benefits from the program, it is encouraged that participants attend all sessions from start to end. If the current time or day does not work for you, follow the Memorial Hospital Weight Loss Group Facebook page for a summary of the group session. Upcoming groups will start on different days and times.

Diabetes Conversation Map® Group

Once a Week | 4 Consecutive Weeks

April | June | August | October

Wednesdays – 10:00am – 11:00am

Interactive conversation sessions engage participants in an exploration of their feelings, information, and the choices they face as it relates to managing their health. It gives participants the opportunity to discuss their choices with others who share their condition, and to express their feelings in a small group setting.

Groups begin in the months listed above and run four consecutive weeks. Participants are asked to commit to four consecutive weeks to receive the full education course.

To learn more about the diabetic resources at Memorial Hospital visit our website at: or contact Melissa Soellner, RDN, CDE, MS at 618-826-4581 ext 1170.

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