Weight Management: Resources
Your physician or registered dietitian can help interpret your results and provide counseling for lifestyle change to decrease health risk and manage weight. Available weight management options are described below. For more specific information, you should contact each program individually.
UW Health Nutrition Services
The UW Health Nutrition Services, staffed by registered dietitians, provide nutrition education and counseling to promote healthy eating and activity at any age. Weight management assistance is provided to pediatric and adult patients interested in disease prevention and management. We work with patients to set realistic goals for gradual weight loss and sustained maintenance through a combination of behavior modification, healthy nutrition, and safe, routine physical activity. Follow-up sessions are encouraged to monitor progress and adjust goals as needed. Appointments may be scheduled at any of the clinics listed at the end of this handout.
UW Health Nutrition Services also offers many classes and programs to help you manage your weight. For a complete list of classes, go to the website listed above.
Sports Medicine Fitness Center
The medically based fitness center is designed for everyone who enjoys physical activity. Scientific principles of conditioning are used in a warm and friendly environment to help individuals achieve and maintain good health. The facility is open to the public and is located in the UW Clinics Research Park Facility at 621 Science Drive.
The Learning Center
(608) 26-LEARN (53276)
The UW Health Learning Center is an education center that offers a vast amount of nutrition information as well as resources for general health and wellness for patients and family members. Learning Center staff can assist you in finding materials, discovering community resources, and learning skills for self-care. Books, pamphlets, and computer programs are available to use in the center. A number of CD-ROM computer programs offer nutrition information on healthy eating and analyzing your diet.
Wisconsin of Department of Health Services: Nutrition and Physical Activity
The WI Department of Health Services offers the Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Program which offers resources to the residents of Wisconsin on healthy eating, activity, and weight management. Information for individuals include tools used to track nutrition and activity and local resources such as Wisconsin biking maps and routes and a searchable list of restaurants in Wisconsin that offer healthy menu items. For a complete list of resources, access the web link provided above.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals and is committed to improving the nation’s health through research, education and advocacy. Many resources on healthy weight can be found by accessing the link provided above.
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI): Aim for a Healthy Weight http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/risk.htm
The NHLBI has a wealth of resources for weight management including recipes, shopping guides, physical activity recommendations, menu planner and tips for behavior change to help you achieve a healthy weight.
ChooseMyPlate.gov., developed by the US Department of Agriculture, provides practical information and tips to help Americans build healthier diets. MyPlate is based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. A number of useful resources and tools can be found for weight management at the website listed above.
Many insurance providers will cover nutrition counseling for conditions resulting from or related to obesity. Contact your insurance company to determine whether they will pay for all or some of the consultation costs.
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Last Updated: 07/09/2013
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