Published in June 2015 Issue             

Registration Now Open for Obesity Week-End 2015 in Las Vegas

Obesity Week-End is set to kick off on June 25 in Las Vegas. The Annual Clinical Symposium will feature 12 live surgeries and courses focusing on topics including gastric balloons, sleeve gastrectomy, and reoperations. There will also be a special course for practice managers and MBSAQIP Clinical Reviewers. ASMBS members receive discounted registration rates, so click here to register today. And visit the Obesity Week-End website to view the full schedule.

Applications Now Being Accepted for the 12th Annual ASMBS Research Grant Award Program

The ASMBS Research Committee is now accepting applications for the 12th Annual ASMBS Research Grant Award Program. Two $25,000 research grants, funded by the ASMBS Foundation will be awarded this year. Research grants are open to any principal investigator who is an ASMBS Regular, Affiliate Surgeon/Physician, Associate or Candidate Member. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Click here to learn more about how to submit your application or contact the Research Committee Liaison at

New “Chachersize!” App Available for Free Downloading – Lose Weight and Have Fun

TNFL Network analyst and bariatric surgery patient Jamie Dukes has created Chachersize!, a new app that incorporates popular line dances like the Cupid Shuffle, Slide and Wobble, to help people lose weight, and have fun while their doing it. The former NFL player, who has lost about 100 pounds since bariatric surgery in 2008, says he uses Chachersize! and C4 (Chachersize 4 Men) in his own workouts. The app is available free
from i-Tunes.

Decisions, Decisions… What Choice to Make?

Joanne Prentice, RN

ASMBS Member Joanne Prentice, RN, BSN, CBN, CAPA discusses the importance of education in choosing surgery in the April “Walk for Obesity” Newsletter. In her article, Prentice notes that for patients to make an informed decision they must talk openly with their primary care provider about how weight is affecting their health status and ask for a referral to a bariatric specialist. She also directs readers to where patients can find reliable information on bariatric surgery and qualified surgeons. Click here to read the full article.