JFK Bariatric
The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute at JFK Medical Center is dedicated to helping patients achieve their weight loss goals.

Mediterranean Food Month

  • What Is a Mediterranean Diet?
  • Why Does Mediterranean Diet Work for Bariatric Patients?

After bariatric surgery, part of your long-term strategy for achieving your goal weight will be making changes to your diet. The Mediterranean diet has long been praised for its balanced approach to nutrition. For the past few years, May has been recognized as Mediterranean Diet Month and offers the perfect opportunity to try this healthy way of eating. Mediterranean foods can fit well into a post-bariatric surgery eating plan, providing you with a variety of nutrients, carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats, so you feel full while enjoying delicious foods. After you have bariatric surgery at The JFK Bariatric Institute, you will receive comprehensive aftercare support from our experts in weight loss surgery in Atlantis. If you’re considering gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric band surgery, call us at (561) 548-4JFK (4535) to get more information or to find out how you can attend a weight loss surgery information session.

Physical Fitness and Sports Month

  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month Basics
  • Ways to Take Part
  • What Weight Loss Surgery Patients Need to Know

After bariatric surgery, one lifestyle change many people adopt is becoming more physically active. For some people, this means a return to activities they once loved but had given up, and for others, it means getting active for the first time. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month—a time for everyone to reignite their fitness goals and try out new activities. For weight loss surgery patients, it can mark the perfect chance to get active. Here is what you need to know about this health observance and how you can use it to your advantage after weight loss surgery. At The JFK Bariatric Institute, you will receive pre and post-surgery counseling to help you adapt to the lifestyle changes that will support your weight loss efforts. If you’re considering weight loss surgery in Atlantis, call us today at (561) 548-4JFK (4535).

Recipe of the Month

Warm weather means outdoor grilling, which is good news for anyone recovering from gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy or another bariatric surgery. As you adopt healthier ways of preparing your meals, grilling can become a reliable option for fast and tasty meals without the fat. Try something new for dinner with this weight loss-friendly and heart-healthy recipe from the American Heart Association: Rosemary-Peach Chicken Kebabs with Orange Glaze.


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes (trim all visible fat)
  • 2 ripe and firm peaches, cut into 16 wedges (1 inch each)
  • 1 green pepper, cut into 16 squares (1 1/2 inch each)
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. grated orange zest
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp. honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp. corn or canola oil


  • Spray the grill rack with cooking spray and heat on medium.
  • Thread the chicken, peaches, and peppers onto four metal skewers, alternating each ingredient. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Whisk orange zest and juice, rosemary, honey, and oil to form a glaze. Set aside two tablespoons of the glaze, and brush the rest on the kebabs.
  • Grill the kebabs for six to eight minutes. Turn once about halfway through cooking, and brush with the reserved glaze throughout the cooking. If they are cooking too quickly, move the kebabs to a cooler place on the grill.

Nutritional Information and Tips

A one-kebab serving is 202 calories, with 5 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbohydrates, and 25 grams of protein. Avoid using peaches that are not firm, as they will fall apart during cooking. If you can’t find peaches that are firm enough, you can replace them with any other stone fruit, such as plums or nectarines. Talk to your weight loss surgery team to find out how this recipe meets your personalized nutrition plan.

At The JFK Bariatric Institute, we offer a variety of options for bariatric surgery in Atlantis and continued support throughout your recovery to help you learn a healthier way of eating. Talk to a nurse today and request a referral to a weight loss surgery expert by calling (561) 548-4JFK (4535).

Every Kid Healthy™ Week

  • Commemorative Events
  • Family Fitness
  • Shopping Smarts

Ideally, physical fitness should be a family affair. People who are considering having bariatric surgery often enlist their family members for emotional and practical support. Since childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., it only makes sense for weight loss surgery patients of The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute at JFK Medical Center to encourage their kids to join them in forging healthy habits. Every Kid Healthy Week, which extends from April 25 th to 29 th in 2016, is a great way to kick-off your family’s new healthy habits. JFK Medical Center provides comprehensive care for every stage of life—from our newly opened obstetrics unit, The Birthplace, to our bariatric department, The JFK Bariatric Institute. Our bariatric surgery team looks forward to helping our patients embark on their new, physically active lifestyles. If you’re considering having bariatric surgery and live near Atlantis, FL, call us at 561-548-4JFK (4535) to learn more.

Beach Workouts

  • Beginner Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Advanced Level

Physical activity is often regarded with fear, but getting a good workout after undergoing weight loss surgery doesn’t have to be a chore. The trick is to find something you truly enjoy. If you’d rather not spend time in a stuffy gym, consider hitting the beach instead. The sand adds greater resistance to many exercises, which means that it’s particularly helpful for individuals who are trying to avoid weight loss plateaus. The bariatric care team at The Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute at JFK Medical Center recommends that patients start with gentle exercise and gradually increase the intensity and duration of their workouts. Physical therapy, nutritional counseling, and extensive pre-operative patient education are just a few of the ways that The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute at JFK display its commitment to your weight loss success. If you’re thinking about undergoing bariatric surgery such as gastric band surgery, you’re invited to attend one of our information sessions to learn more about these procedures. To learn more or speak with a registered nurse 24/7, call (561) 548-4JFK (4535).

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