Weight Management

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

Eat for Life

What is 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.

This is not your regular weight loss program. In fact, the first thing you will be asked to do is throw out your diets and begin to learn how to use the wisdom of your body to guide how you eat, what you eat and how you relate and use your body. By using mindfulness and mind-body practices such as meditation and yoga, you begin to be able to distinguish between physical and emotional feelings and gain a sense of body wisdom. This program is based on the principles of mindfulness (learned through meditation exercises and practicing mindfulness in everyday life), the principles of intuitive eating as outlined in the book "Intuitive Eating" by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch and other educational information related to how, what and why we eat the way we do. 

Who enrolls in Eat for Life?
If you have a history of chronic dieting, have rigid “healthy” rules about eating, or find yourself eating when you're stressed, bored, or unhappy, then this may be the program for you. Read a great testimonial on our blog from one of our previous participants. And, enjoy results like these:

“Since I started mindfully eating in June, I have lost ~45 pounds. I have gone from a size 14-16 to a very comfortable size 8! I take the stairs (to the 5th floor) two to four times a day. I work out 5-6 times a week for 30-45 min. I feel great."

--Darcy D.

“Eat for Life has been a transformational experience … my relationship to food has changed dramatically. I actually think about food much less than before—now it’s rarely on my mind until I begin to experience hunger. And I am savoring my food infinitely more. Eat for Life embodies an intuitive, gracious approach to living, and I am captivated by the gentleness and kindness inherent in the process.”  

--Linda Dyer

“It is amazing that 10 weeks have gone past. I will use the ‘make peace with food’ for a long time to come. That has been the most successful tip. I don’t have forbidden food, or food that is ‘bad.’ I can have it just in the quantity that will satisfy. You have made this a successful experience that has changed my life.”  

 --Amy Hampton

When is it offered?
EFL is generally offered three times per year--in the fall, winter and summer--and offered both online and in-person. The following classes are being offered for Fall 2014:

Fall 2014 in-person class (Columbia only)

Orientation: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from Noon to 1:00 p.m.
10 weeks of class: Wednesdays. October 1 through December 10 from Noon to 1:00 p.m.


  • $50 for faculty and staff of the University of Missouri, as well as their family members; $25 of the fee will be refunded with full participation
  • $180 for members of the community

Registration link: https://www.regonline.com/eatforlifeFall2014inperson

Fall 2014 online class

Orientation: the week starting Friday, September 26
10 weeks of class: the week starting Friday, October 3, through the week starting Friday, December 12


  • $50 for faculty and staff of the University of Missouri, as well as their family members; $25 of the fee will be refunded with full participation
  • $180 for members of the community

Registration link:  https://www.regonline.com/eatforlifeFall2014online

Contact Lynn Rossy at RossyL@umsystem.edu for more information about the program.

Who teaches Eat for Life?
Lynn Rossy
, Ph.D., health psychologist for Healthy for Life, teaches most of the classes and other teachers participate as needed.

What fees are involved?
There is a $50 materials fee, $25 to be refunded to faculty, staff and family members with full participation. To enroll or for more information, please contact Dr. Rossy at RossyL@umsystem.edu.

For community members, the cost is $180 with no refund.


Required Book: Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

Recommended Book: Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth

Note: Books can be ordered online through Amazon or other booksellers. Please have the Intuitive Eating book before the start of the orientation session.

For more information

Watch informational videos or find more details online.


Weight Watchers

For Coventry members

Benefit-eligible faculty and staff who are enrolled in one of the university's medical insurance plans from Coventry can receive a discounted rate for Weight Watchers Online. Go to www.weightwatchers.com/signup and follow these steps:

  • Click "Enter Promotion Code" and enter code 8-334-791-17805 in the box.
  • Click "Apply Code."
  • The payment plan box will display the 3-month online subscription offer of $55.
  • Follow the remaining steps to set up your account.

You must be a Coventry Heath Care member to take advantage of this special savings on Weight Watchers Online.

For non-Coventry members - receive a discount via the university's portal

Employees who are not enrolled in one of the university's medical insurance plans can receive a discounted enrollment fee of $39.95 per month if you use the portal. If you choose not to enroll via the portal, the cost is $42.95 per month.

Location Employer ID  Portal website Portal Password
Columbia 46814 https://wellness.weightwatchers.com WW46814
Kansas City 47530 https://wellness.weightwatchers.com WW47530
Rolla 46814 https://wellness.weightwatchers.com WW46814
St. Louis 46814 https://wellness.weightwatchers.com WW46814






Flexible Spending Account refund for Weight Watchers classes

This is the most important part to getting a reimbursement through the Flexible Spending Account: You must be attending for an existing medical condition; obesity is an approved condition. You need your physician to write a note saying it is his/her recommendation to attend Weight Watchers specifically to improve your condition, then sign and date it. The letter is good for one year from that date. You also need to attach a copy of your Weight Watchers booklet with your weigh-in amount and the dates to the Claim Form Letter below. The last part is you will need a letter from your instructor saying how much you paid and when you joined.


Audio and video resources related to weight management


More nutrition resources

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