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Weight Management Center

First Step Program

First Step is an eight-week lifestyle change program that offers weight loss assistance through individual weekly meetings with our registered dietitians, exercise physiologists and behavioral specialists. It is appropriate for people of all weight ranges. The program will help you make changes in activity level, eating practices and other behaviors related to weight control. We emphasize lifestyle change, which means we're going to help you make healthy changes that you can actually sustain long after you complete the program, thus enabling you to maintain a healthier weight for the rest of your life. First Step promotes a significant yet gradual and long-lasting weight loss.

To see real-world results, meet Vicky, one of our former First Step patients.

Program Includes:

  • Individualized meal plans and exercise plans.
  • Beginning and ending: lab tests, body composition measurements, body circumference measurements and blood pressure measurements.
  • Lifestyle change curriculum/manual.
  • Calorie King® book.
  • Fitbit Zip™ (wearable activity sensor).

Program Cost (all inclusive)

  • $785


  • $50 (pay-in-full)
  • $30 (MUSC and State employees/spouses/retirees)
  • $30 (Military personnel/spouses and Veterans/spouses)
  • 10% Bring a Buddy (enroll within 30 days) 

Ways to Pay

You can choose to pay for your weight loss program four different ways. 

1. Installment Plan Option

  • At enrollment: $250 — bring payment to your first class or pay online by credit card
  • Week 3: $200
  • Week 5: $175
  • Week 7: $160

If you will be paying your first installment when you come to class, please register now using our online form. If you will be paying your first installment with credit card, then please fill out our credit card payment form.

2. Payroll Deduction Option

Available to MUSC/MUHA/MUSCP employees/spouses only. This plan includes the $30 MUSC employee discount.

  • $62.92/month for 12 months (deducted from 12 or 24 paychecks, depending on how frequently you're paid).
  • Sign up for payroll deduction and then you'll have a chance to print the program registration form.

3. Credit Card Option

Pay by credit card now. When the payment is complete, you'll have a chance to print the program registration form.

4. Pay at the WMC Clinic

If you would like to pay for your program when you visit the WMC Clinic, please fill out the online form. You will be able to print the registration information and bring it with you when you visit the WMC office.

If you have questions regarding payment or discounts, please email us at


Contact Us

We're located in the Institute of Psychiatry building at 67 President Street in downtown Charleston. We also offer a Tuesday afternoon clinic in North Charleston at 8471 Resolute Way.

Call us at 843-792-2273 or 800-553-7489. Fax us at 843-792-5432.

Weight Management Center Voted Best in Charleston

WMC voted best weight loss center in Charleston

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