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Who’s Who at LifeBridge Health: Bettina Straight, Employee Engagement and Communications Consultant

Who’s Who at LifeBridge Health: Bettina Straight, Employee Engagement and Communications Consultant

When she was a child, Bettina Straight dreamed of becoming a teacher for the deaf and hearing-impaired. Although she did not end up following that career path, Straight gained a greater appreciation for teaching and communication. As an employee engagement and communications consultant at LifeBridge Health, she is able to combine two things that she loves: writing and talking with people. “I get to listen to people’s ideas and help them either expand them into something … Read entire article »

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Meet the Diversity Council at LifeBridge Health

Meet the Diversity Council at LifeBridge Health

LifeBridge Health’s commitment to honoring the unique backgrounds and perspectives of its employees and patients is manifest in its system-wide diversity council. The council was formally started in 2008, and according to Bettina Straight, employee communications and engagement consultant for LifeBridge Health and diversity council co-chair, its focus has shifted. “We were originally invested in educating our individual members about diversity, but now we’re focusing on educating the LifeBridge Health community as a whole,” she says.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bettina M. Straight, diversity, LifeBridge Health

Never Say Never: Maintaining Health and Wellness After Weight Loss Surgery

Never Say Never: Maintaining Health and Wellness After Weight Loss Surgery

I should know by now to “never say never” since as soon as I do, I go and do just that thing!  A few months ago I decided to change my exercise focus from running to Pilates.  I bought a wonderful at home Pilate’s machine, made a semi-zen space for it in my house, and began using it almost daily, loving how I felt.  I decided that I was done running and I needed something … Read entire article »

Filed under: bariatric surgery, Bettina M. Straight, featured, Race For Our Kids

Crossing the Baltimore Color Run 5K Together!

Crossing the Baltimore Color Run 5K Together!

We did it! After a few months of nerves, excitement, encouragement, doubts and outfit planning- we made it to the Baltimore Color Run together! Among thousands of walkers and runners, we crossed the finish line damp from rain, colored with powder and wearing smiles from ear to ear. Diana – For me personally, I never dreamed that I would enter any event that involved me running! That was just not a thought in my head, but it … Read entire article »

Filed under: bariatric surgery, Bettina M. Straight, Color Run, Diana Naanaa, featured, weight loss

103 Pounds Later After Bariatric Surgery and I’m Registered for My First 5K!

103 Pounds Later After Bariatric Surgery and I’m Registered for My First 5K!

It has been awhile since you have heard from me. Sorry! Life officially stepped in the way. Don’t get me wrong, life did not get in the way of my weight loss, I will not allow that to happen. I have officially lost 103 pounds! The weight loss has definitely slowed down but as long as that number continues to decrease I am happy! I am the sole reason that my weight loss has not … Read entire article »

Filed under: bariatric surgery, Diana Naanaa, weight loss

Ready, Reset, Go! My Liquid Protein Reset Challenge

Ready, Reset, Go! My Liquid Protein Reset Challenge

I think everyone expects a little weight loss setback around the holidays. It’s not always easy to track everything you’ve eaten when you don’t know what’s in Aunt Jenny’s Holiday Surprise casserole. Exercise routines can get off kilter when there’s wrapping to be done, parties to attend, and 8 different types of cookies to bake. So come January, a jump in the scale usually isn’t a big shock. I have to admit, my holiday season seems … Read entire article »

Filed under: bariatric surgery, Bettina M. Straight, liquid proten reset challenge, weight loss

Learning How to Love Food After Bariatric Surgery

Learning How to Love Food After Bariatric Surgery

“I’m not sure she knew where the kitchen was before her surgery.”  These were the words shared by my partner Kristi with our guests this weekend after a 5 course wine and food pairing dinner we hosted in our home.  I laughed because while it’s certainly an exaggeration, it wasn’t too far from the truth. I hadn’t been much of a cook over the past few years and I think I had gotten lazy, opting for … Read entire article »

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The Key to Exercise – Finding An Activity That Fits You

The Key to Exercise – Finding An Activity That Fits You

Written by Bettina M. Straight, Employee Engagement  & Communications Consultant at LifeBridge Health After my bariatric surgery in July of 2010 I knew I needed to incorporate exercise into my new lifestyle. The scale started moving in the right direction due to my new eating patterns and exercise was my ticket to even greater health and weight loss. TRUE CONFESSION: For the first 6 months I didn’t do any formal exercise. First of all, shame on … Read entire article »

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Surviving the Big Events After Bariatric Surgery, And All the Little Ones in Between

Surviving the Big Events After Bariatric Surgery, And All the Little Ones in Between

One challenge some post op bariatric patients face is how to socialize in a world that stayed the same when yours feels totally different. Parties, for example, are fun, exciting, and notorious for featuring delicious, decadent, and over the top food. While at one time you may have thought of the food with eager anticipation, you might now be thinking of it with some apprehension. With the Super Bowl just days away and birthdays and … Read entire article »

Filed under: bariatric surgery, Bettina M. Straight

What Does Weight Loss Success Look Like?

What Does Weight Loss Success Look Like?

For a very long time, much longer than the last two and a half years since my bariatric surgery, I thought success was a number on the scale. I really believed that once I reached XXX lbs I could say that I was successful in my weight loss journey. After having surgery, I believed I’d hit that number and success would be mine! Funny how the best laid plans don’t always come true the way … Read entire article »

Filed under: bariatric surgery, Bettina M. Straight, weight loss

The Color Run – The Happiest 5K on Earth!

The Color Run – The Happiest 5K on Earth!

I actually ran a 5K! Okay, so I did have to stop and walk once or twice, but not for long. I definitely ran at least three-fourths of it! The Color Run is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and being a fun run rather than a timed race, I felt like it was the perfect event for my first attempt. There were six of us in our group and half of us ran and half of us … Read entire article »

Filed under: bariatric surgery, Bettina M. Straight, running, weight loss

Bariatric Webinars Allow Patients to Begin Road to Surgery From Home

Bariatric Webinars Allow Patients to Begin Road to Surgery From Home

Dr. Cynthia L. Long, an advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon at Sinai Hospital, stares intently at a computer screen. She holds a cordless phone to her ear, nodding and smiling as she listens to the other end. Though she’s in the comfort of her own home, Long is still reaching out to prospective patients who want to know more about life-saving weight-loss surgery. 20 years ago, this would be considered unthinkable, and not just because the … Read entire article »

Filed under: bariatric surgery, dr. christina li, dr. cynthia long, dr. kuldeep singh, northwest, Sinai Hospital

It Works If You Work It: Staying Healthy After Bariatric Surgery

It Works If You Work It: Staying Healthy After Bariatric Surgery

One of the things you often hear in the diet world is the phrase, “It works if you work it.” Whether it’s an exercise program or a weight loss plan, if you’ve committed yourself to being healthy, it will only work as long as you work it. This rings true with bariatric surgery as well. At first, losing weight will happen no matter what you do because you are physically restricted from eating the volume you … Read entire article »

Filed under: bariatric surgery, Bettina M. Straight, health eating, weight loss

I Bake, Therefore I Run!

I Bake, Therefore I Run!

I posted this in jest as a status update the other day, but it does have a ring of truth to it! Recently I decided I wanted to participate in a unique 5K run called The Color Run. It’s taking place in Washington D.C. in the fall. If you want to see something amazing type in “The Color Run” on YouTube or a search engine. It’s a fun run, not a competitive distance run, yet it … Read entire article »

Filed under: bariatric surgery, Bettina M. Straight, running

I Knew You Looked Familiar! Looking Different After Weight Loss Surgery

I Knew You Looked Familiar! Looking Different After Weight Loss Surgery

Twice last month I ran into colleagues I hadn’t seen since my surgery in 2010.  Both times it took the person some time to figure out who I was. Both people were surprised and very sweet about their confusion, saying how different I looked and complimenting my weight loss.  It’s not the first time this has happened and I bet it won’t be the last. Coming to terms with how different I look to people hasn’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bettina M. Straight, weight loss

Weight Loss Surgery – To Tell or Not to Tell, That is the Question

Weight Loss Surgery – To Tell or Not to Tell, That is the Question

It is an unfortunate truth that weight loss surgery comes with a certain stigma.  Other people can assume that the patient was too lazy to lose weight on their own, or that they simply took the “easy way” out. So it can be difficult to “come out” as someone who has had bariatric surgery. One of the first decisions someone considering surgery has to make is when to tell the people around them that they are … Read entire article »

Filed under: bariatric surgery, Bettina M. Straight, weight loss

Taking Back Life One Pound at a Time

Taking Back Life One Pound at a Time

On July 13, 2011, I celebrate my one-year Surgiversary, one year since I took control back and said, “Things will be different!” That day I made myself a promise to stop fighting, stop self-defeating, and to start living my life. Thanks to the skill of Dr. Christina Li and her wonderful staff here at Sinai Hospital, I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy and joined the many successful weight loss surgery patients around the world. One … Read entire article »

Filed under: Sinai Hospital, vertocal sleeve gastrectomy

How LifeBridge Health Employees Maintain Their Diets During the Holidays

How LifeBridge Health Employees Maintain Their Diets During the Holidays

Let’s say you’re on a diet. It’s not to lose weight – though that’s a nice benefit – but because of a health condition. Now place yourself at a friend’s holiday party or at your Aunt Jeanie’s for an extended family dinner. Big food dishes ooze with mashed potatoes, white bread stuffing, cheesecake, eggnog and the like. Sitting forlornly on a platter are a few limp carrot and celery sticks, begging a nearby bowl of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bettina M. Straight, holidays

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