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Bariatric Exercise and Lifestyle Transformation (BELT) is an acclaimed exercise program sponsored by Cone Health and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). It is designed specifically for bariatric surgery patients.

The goals of the program are to teach our patients proper exercise technique and to give them confidence to maintain proper physical activity habits throughout their lives. 

BELT is a twelve week program in which bariatric surgery patients come to classes three days a week to participate in aerobic and resistance training, as well as educational sessions about proper exercise, diet and behavioral changes. 

The BELT team consists of the director, exercise physiology graduate students experienced in personal training, a dietician, and a UNCG faculty member with expertise in behavioral change, whom work in conjunction with each patient’s bariatric surgeon and nurses.

BELT offers two options for enrollment, with the preferred option being the on-site program held at UNCG.

For those who are unable to attend the on-site program, similar instruction is offered through a web-based program that involves online exercise modules, personal training, and activity logs.

Through both options, the program aims to provide bariatric patients with the knowledge to make proper lifestyle modifications to ensure the success of their surgery and improve overall health and wellbeing.

To learn more about bariatric services at Cone Health and the BELT program, you can attend one of the free Surgical Options for Weight Loss seminars held regularly to educate individuals in the community who are considering bariatric surgery.

To register for a Surgical Options for Weight Loss class, call 832-8000 or visit

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Paul Davis is the director of the Bariatric Exercise and Lifestyle Transformation (BELT) program sponsored by Cone Health and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Dr. Davis is also an associate professor for the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG.  He received a Bachelor of Science in physical education from Western Carolina University in 1984. Dr. Davis earned a Masters of Exercise Science in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Exercise Science in 1998, both from the University of South Carolina.