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Weight Management Center

Focus-15 Program

The Focus-15 program is a 15-week lifestyle change program; we also include three additional follow-up visits at the end of the initial program to further assist you with managing your weight on your own. This program is designed to induce larger initial weight losses than traditional lifestyle change programs (e.g., First Step). The early part of the program provides a highly structured dietary intervention, which consists primarily of meal replacements (shakes and nutrition bars). The program also integrates the adoption of an active lifestyle through both an exercise program and active leisure. Gradually, as the program progresses, there is a shift towards a primarily food-based meal plan that leads to more moderate and sustainable weight loss. You attend weekly individual appointments that rotate among the clinical specialties (dietary, exercise, and behavioral). Our emphasis on lifestyle change means we help you learn to make healthy behavior 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.

Note: We also offer 23-week and 27-week versions of our Focus program, for those wanting to lose a little more.

Diet:

  • Phase 1 (Weeks 1 through 8): For this first phase of the program, your diet consists of approximately 1040 to 1200 calories per day, derived primarily from nutrition bars and shakes; you consume one highly structured, food-based meal per day.
  • Phase 2 (Weeks 9 and 10): Following the initial eight weeks of the program, you “step down” to a partial meal replacement-based plan with two highly structured, food-based meals per day.
  • Phase 3 (Weeks 11 through 15): At the end of 10 weeks, you meet with a registered dietitian who develops a nutritionally balanced diet designed to meet your individual long-term nutritional requirements. Note that each patient has the option of extending the duration of each phase of the program, pending approval by clinical staff.

Exercise:

Exercise comes in many forms. The goal of this program is to help you explore a wide array of activities for a more active lifestyle. While regular exercise sessions (e.g. walking, cycling, or resistance training) are essential, other calorie-burning leisure activities can be extremely helpful (e.g. nature walks or flying a kite). Finally, daily lifestyle can also be adjusted to help burn more calories (e.g. taking the stairs or parking further away). The Focus program is specifically designed to help you become a more active person and to develop a lifestyle that can lead to long-term maintenance of weight loss.

Program Includes:

  • Sixteen weekly individual consultations with registered dietitians, exercise physiologists, and behavioral specialists.
  • Three additional follow-up consultations with registered dietitians, exercise physiologists, or behavioral specialists (your choice); you decide the frequency of these consultations, although they are to be used at least once per month.
  • Fitbit® Zip (wearable activity tracker).
  • Calorie book.
  • Curriculum book.
  • Labs (i.e. blood tests) at beginning and end of program.
  • Shakes and bars for 10 weeks (as stipulated in dietary prescription).

Program Costs (all inclusive):

  • Focus-15: $1500

Discounts:

  • $100 (pay-in-full)
  • $50 (MUSC and state employees/spouses/retirees)
  • $50 (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: $450 — bring payment to your first visit or pay online by credit card
  • Week 3: $400
  • Week 7: $350
  • Week 11: $250

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 $50 MUSC employee discount.

  • $116.66/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 wmc@musc.edu.

 

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.

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