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Programs & Presentations

For Healthcare Professionals:

Weight Loss Surgery -The Good, The Bad & The Fatal

It is estimated that in 2016, over 634,000 bariatric surgeries were performed throughout the world. Men, women and children, struggling with the effects of the disease of obesity are finally finding success. Or are they? As a 25 year WLS Veteran and having worked with thousands of weight loss surgery patients and professionals, Colleen Cook provides a unique perspective and important insight into the world of post bariatric surgery life. Be moved by stories of success, failures and disappointments as she shares her experience and acclaimed research.

Insights into The Mindset, Motives, & Fears Of  Those Considering Weight Loss Surgery 

In this new presentation, Colleen will share insights based on her research into the motives, the mindset, and the fears of those considering weight loss surgery. Attendees will learn: The top 3 concerns of those considering weight loss surgery & how to address them. How social media platforms are affecting the decision whether or not to have weight loss surgery. Where pre-op patients are finding answers to their questions.

Maintaining the Connection – Supportive Aftercare
Learn ways to improve post-operative compliance and outcomes by developing quality aftercare programs. Identify the different needs of pre, post, and long-term bariatric patients and customize events, educational programs & quality support groups to meet those needs. Learn ways to create an emotional connection between your patients and your program that will keep your patients engaged.

“One Fat Joke at a Time” – Discovering and Eliminating Personal Weight Bias” 

This engaging and inspiring presentation invites participants to identify and evaluate their own beliefs and behaviors towards those who struggle with the effects of the disease of obesity. New research data is shared and case studies are featured, providing much needed insight resulting in greater understanding and compassion.

Weight Bias and Obesity Sensitivity for Healthcare Professionals

This session features and open and honest discussion about the need for and value of identifying and addressing weight bias in a hospital setting. Includes insights about the disease of obesity and treatment options as well as ways to increase understanding of and improve sensitivity towards those struggling with the effects of the disease.

Obesity’s Surgical Solution
Bariatric surgery is fast becoming a preferred choice for thousands suffering from the disease of obesity. Colleen Cook, a weight-loss surgery patient from 1995, presents the latest statistics, on the disease of obesity and the outcomes of a variety of surgical treatment options. This presentation is designed for those interested in learning more about weight-loss surgery, how it works, why it works and what life is like as a WLS patient. (Customizable to feature specific doctor/hospital outcomes and patient success stories.)

For Weight Loss Celebrations, Educational Events & Support Groups:

2020 – A Year of Seeing Clearly

Make 2020 a year of seeing yourself and others more clearly, speaking truth more often and embracing your best self. Join 25 year WLS Veteran, Colleen Cook and learn how to find more clarity in your life and live more abundantly. Be inspired to reach further and dream bigger as you recommit to your own goals and establish a life of intentional design.

Embracing Your Bariatric Lifestyle

When the, “because the doctor says so” wears off and the honeymoon is over, it is essential to learn how to customize and internalize your own long term plan. Celebrating 25 years as a successful weight loss surgery patient, Colleen Cook shares wisdom and insight on what it takes to establish and embrace a well-balanced bariatric lifestyle for lasting weight loss maintenance.

Uniquely Imperfect 

We all have flaws, make mistakes, and have regrets. But by seeing ourselves more clearly and telling ourselves the truth more often we can gain valuable insights into who we really are and learn to embrace our unique self, saggy skin, wrinkles and all. Join Colleen Cook, 25 year WLS veteran for this eye opening, inspiring presentation as you learn from her many years of personal and professional experience.

3 Essentials You Need to Know BEFORE You Have Weight Loss Surgery If you are considering or preparing for weight loss surgery, we know you have questions! Lots of them. Join Colleen Cook 22-year post op veteran and best-selling bariatric author, for a special session just for you. This presentation is not about surgery types or about surgeons, but about YOU, your whys and your worries. Colleen will delve into what life is really like as a bariatric patient, what it takes to live a bariatric lifestyle, maintenance challenges, address weight regain, and share insights on the need for long term education and support.

5 Clues Your WLS Honeymoon is Over and What To do About It! It happens to the best of us. That fateful day when you reach the “End of Invincible” Join 25 year post op veteran Colleen Cook for this insightful session. Learn what happens when the WLS Honeymoon is over and the real work begins. Identify 5 clues that YOUR honeymoon is over. Learn how to transition smoothly from losing to maintaining. Establish habits and commitments that stick.

The Top 5 Things Every Bariatric Patient Must Know About Themselves  In this presentation, Colleen shares the top 5 things that every bariatric patient must learn about themselves. Insightful tips, inspiring stories, and helpful strategies for long term success.

Help For The Holidaze  For those who may be bewildered, stunned, or confused about how they can possibly stay committed, focused, and on track through the holidays, Colleen Cook, 22 year WLS Veteran, presents a  fun, interactive and helpful session to help you prepare bariatric patients with confidence for a happy and healthy season ahead.

Nothing Succeeds Like Success
Join 22 year WLS veteran Colleen Cook as she shares lessons from long term losers and imparts insight and inspiration from her own journey as well as from thousands of weight loss patients with whom she has worked through the years. Her thoughts, stories and personal experiences will inspire and motivate weight loss patients, investigators and supporters. Attendees will also learn about the Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients research and how and why these principles are essential to long term success to reach and maintain optimum weight loss.

Hope & Help For the Pain of Regain

This presentation is designed specifically for weight loss surgery patients who may be struggling with an extended plateau or weight regain following a bariatric procedure. Includes discussions that provide helpful and hopeful tips and helps participants recognize that they are not alone. Participants will receive inspiration and motivation to make positive changes to reverse their course and head back in the right direction.  Back on Track Program will be offered at a discounted price for participants in this session