At Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club after bariatric patients are cleared to exercise they are given a punch card for 10 visits to try the facility The club also waives the enrollment fee for patients if they decide to join afterwards Photo courtesy of Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club

At Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club, after bariatric patients are cleared to exercise, they are given a punch card for 10 visits to try the facility. The club also waives the enrollment fee for patients if they decide to join afterwards. Photo courtesy of Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club.

Health Clubs Partner with Bariatric Groups to Improve Patient Health and Bring in New Members

Health clubs can reach out to physicians and give them a place to refer their surgical patients, who may not have set foot in a club before.

For some obese patients, bariatric surgery is a necessary step to lose weight and begin to lead a more healthful life. Although those patients may lose weight in the beginning, the surgery itself is not enough.

"Exercise is a big piece of the success in bariatric surgery over the long term," says Patrick Brillantes, director of metabolic, orthopedic and neuroscience services at Sparrow Health System, Lansing, MI. "A lot of people don't succeed because they don't

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