KU Weight Management Program Options
Traditional Weight Management Program
KU Weight Management's Phase I Program can help you obtain the skills and knowledge to lose weight while teaching you healthy lifestyle changes to maintain the weight loss.
Our all-inclusive program focuses on successful evidence-based weight management through nutrition, physical activity, and permanent changes in lifestyle and behavior. The program is 12-24 weeks (weekly 1 hour group sessions) and you are placed on a ~500 - 1200 calorie diet using meal replacements. We have used meal replacements for over 20 years with great success. Because we focus on long-term lifestyle changes, it really is as much a health management program as it is a weight management program.
The program also includes promotion of physical activity -- we start slow with a goal of 45 minutes per week and increase up to 300 minutes a week through our guided support. Record keeping and planning are utilized as well as group support and accountability to help you be as successful as possible.
You can transition into Phase II of the KU Weight Management Programs to help support you with your weight management goals. This program is available to people who have completed Phase 1 or have been through a structured weight loss program and desires additional education and accountability.
Your health educator will work with you to further your fitness and nutritional education as well as to encourage you to implement behavioral strategies to help you accomplish your goals. This includes attending weekly group meetings, meal planning, education and data reporting.
Weight Management for Diabetes Prevention
We are combining our 30 plus years of weight management experience with the Center for Disease Control & Prevention's Diabetes Prevention Program for an evidence-based approach to lifestyle change and weight control. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a nationally recognized lifestyle change program that has been proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. This program aims to prevent the development of Type 2 Diabetes, improve nutrition quality and increase physical activity through behavior modification, group support and accountability. Prediabetes affects 1 out of 3 American adults, and 15-30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health issues, such as:
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
- Loss of toes, feet or legs
If you have prediabetes, getting diabetes is not eminent. In fact, prediabetes can often be reversed.
Positive lifestyle changes not only lower your risk of chronic disease and reduce your weight, but they can improve your overall well-being. The Diabetes Prevention Program is a structured lifestyle change program in which a trained lifestyle coach leads group-based classes to help you change aspects of your lifestyle, like eating healthier, reducing stress and getting more physically active.
We offer individualized nutrition counseling from a licensed dietitian to provide specialized recommendations or dietary modifications. Nutrition counseling is an option to utilize either in addition to Phase I and Phase II (recommended), or in lieu of our traditional group-based program.
Nutrition counseling is a valuable option for those in need of one-on-one support for weight management or those with specialized (e.g. vegetarian, gluten-free) diet restrictions.