Weight Management

Healthy for Life offers a variety of weight management options to help you pursue a healthier lifestyle:

Eat for Life

Eat for Life is a 10-week program that helps participants learn to have a healthy relationship with their food and their bodies. It is taught in group classes and also offered online over Blackboard. Classes are underway for the spring semester and registration is closed, but you can sign up now for summer classes.

Register now for summer classes!

Orientation: starting Friday, May 29, 2015

10 weeks of class: weeks starting Fridays, June 5 - August 7


  • $50 faculty/staff/family members ($25 refunded with full participation)
  • $180 for community members

Registration: Go to online form

More info...

Columbia: Student Center

Orientation: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Noon to 1:00 p.m.

10 weeks of class: Wednesdays, June 10 - August 12, Noon to 1:00


  • $50 faculty/staff/family members ($25 refunded with full participation)
  • $180 for community members

Registration: Go to online form

More info...

Columbia: Quarterdeck

Orientation: Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Noon to 1:00 p.m.

10 weeks of class: Tuesdays, June 9 - August 11, Noon to 1:00


  • $50 faculty/staff/family members ($25 refunded with full participation)
  • $180 for community members

Registration: Go to online form

More info...



Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers at Work on your campus

Enroll now for Weight Watchers at Work! Enjoy the convenience of meeting on campus at midday. Current programs are underway on every campus; you are welcome to join a program that is already underway for a prorated fee. Contact the session leader listed below for details.

University Hospital, N522 (by the purple elevators)
Thursdays (April-June) -- You may join mid-session
Weigh-In @ 11:45a.m
Meeting @ 12:00-12:30p.m
Leader- Darlene Rowe salon4como@yahoo.com

Quarterdeck, contact leader for room locations
Wednesdays (April-June) -- You may join mid-session
Weigh-In @ 11:00a.m
Meeting @ 11:15-11:45a.m
Leader- Kate Stone wwkatestone@gmail.com 

Kansas City

Stop by anytime, without obligation, to find out more about the program and meet the instructors who have lost weight through Weight Watchers themselves. Discounts are available to employees toward the monthly pass. Enrolling through the UMKC portal gives you access to any meetings on campus and in the community. Friends & family are welcome.

Volker Campus, Administrative Center, Swope Park or Loose Park conference room (both on the 2nd floor in conference area)
Weigh-In @ 12:30p.m.
Meeting @ 12:45-1:15p.m.

Hospital Hill Campus, School of Medicine, MG202-C (northwest corner of ground level, below lobby)
Weigh-In @ 12:45p.m.
Meeting @ 1:00-1:30p.m.

Please contact Laurie Goldstein, UMKC Wellness Coordinator, at goldsteinlj@umsystem.edu or (816) 235-6418 if you have questions.

Curtis Laws Wilson Library, Room 202
Tuesdays (Mar. 10th – July 21st) -- You may join mid-session
Weigh-In @ 11:30a.m
Meeting @ 11:50a.m-12:20p.m
Leader-Cheryl Barks; contact Wellness Coordinator Sarah Ellis with questions: (314) 808-0163 or EllisS@umsystem.edu

St. Louis
New classes are forming, contact Wellness Coordinator Sarah Ellis if you are interested or have questions: (314) 808-0163 or EllisS@umsystem.edu.


Incentive and discount for all Weight Watchers classes

Watch this video about what Weight Watchers offers

Whether you enroll in a Weight Watchers at Work program or choose another Weight Watchers class off campus, you could be eligible to earn money in your paycheck and receive discounts on Weight Watchers fees:

  • Eligible employees can earn 100 points toward Tier 2 of the university's 2015 Wellness Incentive for attending three months of classes. The incentive rewards you with up to $450 for taking steps toward a healthier life.
  • Faculty and staff who have a flexible spending account (FSA) or a health savings account (HSA) may be able to use pre-tax dollars to pay Weight Watchers fees, and thus save money. To get an FSA or HSA reimbursement for Weight Watchers fees, you must be losing weight for treatment of a specific disease diagnosed by a physician (such as obesity, hypertension, or heart disease). You cannot include the cost of diet food or beverages in medical expenses, because the food/beverages substitute for what is normally consumed to satisfy nutritional needs. To learn more about reimbursement requirements, contact the university's FSA or HSA administrator, depending on the type of account in which you are enrolled.

Weight Watchers is a clinically-proven program, ranked #1 by US News & World Report four years running.  Focusing on behavior modification, Weight Watchers will teach employees how to lose weight and help keep it off.  In addition, research shows that with Weight Watchers meetings and eTools, people are eight times more likely to reach 5% weight loss at six months than those who try to lose weight on their own. (Johnston C.A., et al. A randomized controlled trial of a community-based behavioral counseling program. American Journal of Medicine, 2013 (Article in Press), Oct. 2013. Weight loss data obtained at six months. Trial funded by Weight Watchers.)


Audio and video resources related to weight management


More nutrition resources

There is lots of great information available on the Web regarding nutrition. Here are a few of our suggestions: