Saturday Speaker: Bec McDorman, MS

Bec McDorman discovered her passion for health and wellness after undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in 2010 to lose more than 100lbs. She understands the importance of community support, such as ObesityHelp’s online forums and annual conferences, and connection with those who truly understand the weight loss surgery process. She also believes in the importance of working with nutrition professionals to achieve long-term weight loss success.

Discouraged by the lack of first-hand experience of the nutrition professionals she worked with, she was inspired to return to school. She completed her dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD in May 2017 and received her masters from Cal Poly Pomona in June 2017. She will soon become a registered dietitian (RD) in order to help pre- and post-op bariatric patients with their journey. Knowing that nutrition and fitness go hand-in-hand, in addition to practicing yoga, she attends a fitness class at least three times a week.

In 2012, she became a registered yoga teacher (RYT) through CorePower Yoga and teaches a variety of yoga formats, including laughter yoga. She encourages yoga as a practice for all levels, as “there is no yoga perfect, only yoga practice!” She currently lives in Baltimore, MD with her cat, Harmony.

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Morning Activity: Saturday 7:00am – 8:00am, International Ballroom I

Yoga Modifications For Your Body

Curious about Yoga but worried that you can’t do the poses due to a limited range of motion or flexibility? Then you’re going to love this Rise ‘n Shine morning activity with Bec where she will demonstrate modifications for common Yoga positions.

Workshop Session 1B: Saturday 1:00pm – 1:50pm, International Ballroom IV

Identifying and Managing Vitamin Deficiencies After WLS

From the Gastric Bypass to the the Band to the Duodenal Switch, why do certain post-op surgery types have to supplement different types and amounts of vitamins? Is lifelong supplementation really required? And, what might happen if you stop taking your supplements? All of these are valid questions and reasons why you want to be better educated about vitamins. These questions and more will be addressed in this introductory course on why post-ops need the supplements they do, the importance of supplementation, and symptoms of deficiency for a variety of vitamins and minerals.