Medical Weight Loss

The Medical Weight Loss program is designed especially for our bariatric surgery patients. Exercise is a key ingredient in initiating and maintaining long-term weight loss. Citizens HealthPlex is here to support you as you take the next step on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

Medical Weight Loss Program

This program was specifically created for those who have had, or may be considering, bariatric surgery. Individuals who are considering any type of bariatric surgery are encouraged to participate in an exercise program before undergoing any surgery. This helps to build healthy habits and have a positive support system in place from the very beginning.

After surgery, most of the weight loss occurs in the first year. During this time, it is essential to develop healthy eating patterns and participate in a regular exercise program. Studies have shown that individuals who are actively engaged in an exercise program lose more weight.

This program is designed to assist individuals in an exercise program, helping them to progress through three phases, and eventually to independent exercise.

Our team of degreed and certified professionals work together with you and the Citizens Bariatric Center Medical Director, B. Dean McDaniel, D.O., to develop a personalized fitness program designed with a bariatric patient’s needs in mind. Our excellent group exercise classes allow you to work out and form relationships with other patients who are trying to win their own weight loss battles. Our goal is to support, motivate, and teach you how to safely and effectively exercise for life. A certified instructor teaches each class.

Benefits of Exercise:

  • improve quality of life
  • reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • long-term weight control
  • healthier bones, joints, and muscles
  • lower blood pressure
  • increase flexibility
  • reduce stress

Our state-of-the-art facility gives you everything you need to succeed:

  • circuit training and free weights
  • cardiovascular training area
  • one-on-one personal training
  • 25-meter lap pool
  • warm water therapy pool
  • indoor cushioned walk/jog track
  • group fitness studios
  • stretching areas
  • separate men’s and women’s whirlpool, steam room, and dry sauna
  • spacious locker rooms
  • complimentary towel service
  • private massage therapy suites
  • full service HealthPlex Deli

Phase I:
An aquatic class designed for deconditioned individuals who are just beginning an exercise program or those just out of surgery. Individuals who have orthopedic concerns would also benefit from Phase I. Phase I is the first step in developing an exercise program, and building base conditioning. Once an individual has that base level of fitness, they move on to Phase II.

Phase II:
A land-based class, focusing on beginning weight training and cardiovascular exercises. Proper form and conditioning are taught in this Phase. As an individual’s strength, cardiovascular endurance, and confidence improve, the individual will move on to Phase III.

Phase III:
An orientation to the fitness equipment on the fitness floor by a Fitness Specialist. By this point in their exercise routine, individuals are ready to progress to a more advanced program. Individuals are set-up on a strength and cardiovascular training program to meet their specific goals.


Classes are offered three days per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. A certified instructor teaches each class.

For questions about the Medical Weight Loss program at the Citizens HealthPlex, contact Cathy Verduzco at 570-5433, extension 5946.

Monday at 5:30 pm
Cardio and weights in the rehab area

Monday at 6:15 pm
Aquatic class, Lap Pool

Wednesday at 5:30 pm
Cardio and weights in the rehab area

Wednesday at 6:15 pm
Aquatic class, Lap Pool

Alternate Fridays at 5:45 pm
Beginning Zumba®, Studio B
Aquatic class, Lap Pool