In addition to our First Step, Focus, and HealthFast Programs, we offer the following programs and services:
Lunchtime Losers is a 10-week lifestyle change program that, for your convenience, takes place over your lunch break (typically noon to 1 p.m.). Lunchtime Losers is intended to teach you how to make healthy behavior changes that will promote healthy eating, healthy exercise, and weight loss — and ultimately, improved health. You meet weekly in a class format (for 45 to 60 minutes) with one or more of the following professionals: a registered dietitian, psychologist, or exercise physiologist. Each participant is provided with tailored dietary guidance/instruction, help in developing appropriate exercise goals, and behavioral information on how to facilitate long-term healthy behavior change. Classes are highly interactive, including group discussion and demonstration.
The Individual Weight Management program is a highly customizable program that combines several services that will give you a good start on developing a healthy lifestyle approach to weight loss. The program consists of three appointments:
If that's all you needed, then three visits and you're on your way. However, if you wanted to add additional sessions you could do so, either one at a time ($45) or in sets of three ($110). Build your own program — as long as you want or as short as three sessions. The only downside is that there is not as much accountability in this program compared to our longer, more intensive programs; this would most likely not be a good program if you believe you need more rather than less accountability.
You can choose to pay for your weight loss program using payroll deduction, by credit card, or by paying at the WMC Clinic. After selecting one of the options below, you will be asked to fill out the program registration paperwork.
(MUSC/MUHA/MUSCP employees/spouses only)
If you would like to pay when you visit the WMC Clinic, then please fill out the registration form, print the program paperwork, and bring it with you to the WMC office.
Patient readiness and education for obesity surgery program (PREOP) is a three- or six-month program designed to educate and prepare patients who are considering weight loss surgery. This comprehensive program is physician-monitored and includes regular dietary, exercise, and psychological instruction and support. Additionally, most insurance companies require that patients have participated in a physician-monitored weight loss program within the recent past. PREOP is designed to comprehensively prepare people to optimally succeed with weight loss surgery, and it also meets the above insurance requirement for most medical insurance companies.
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In addition to our weight management package programs, we also offer individual services, so that patients may customize their weight management programs and choose the specific services to suit their preferences. Available options include:
Nutrition Consultation: A registered dietitian is available to meet on an individual basis for weight management, low-fat, low-cholesterol diets, low-sodium diets, diabetes meal planning and other nutrition-related concerns.
Medication Management: Weight Management Center physicians can evaluate you for the latest FDA-approved weight control medication and oversee your treatment.
Exercise Consultation: Attend individual meetings with an exercise physiologist to develop or alter exercise routines. Also, patients of the Weight Management Center may access the Medical University Wellness Center (with membership fees).
Behavioral Instruction: On an individual basis we can help you adopt necessary behavioral and cognitive changes and target problem areas that may impact your ability to lose weight and maintain weight loss.
Body Composition (percent body fat) Assessment: Bioelectrical impedance is used to determine total body fat percentage and to make recommendations for improvement.
MedGem Assessment: We measure your oxygen consumption to determine how many calories you can consume at rest to maintain current weight.
The Weight Management Center frequently participates in trials of medications being studied as possible weight loss aids. To receive information on these trials when they are announced fill out our online form, e-mail email@example.com, or phone 843-792-2273 to be placed on our mailing list.
We are currently conducting a study to see if taking vitamin D can help prevent diabetes among people who are borderline diabetic (also called pre-diabetes). Qualified participants will receive diabetes testing, education on healthy eating and diabetes prevention, and take a study pill daily.
To qualify, you must be at risk for diabetes, at least 30 years old, overweight, not on medications for diabetes, and meet other criteria. There is no charge for participation.
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