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 at this time:

Winter 2015 in-person class (Columbia - Memorial Union)

Orientation: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
10 Week Class: Tuesdays, January 27 through April 7 (except March 31), from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Cost:

  • $50 for faculty/staff (and family members) of the University of Missouri; if you participatin in 9 of 10 classes:
    • $25 rebate
    • 100 points toward the Wellness Incentive for first-time participants who are eligible for the Incentive program
  • $180 for members of the community

Registration: https://www.regonline.com/eatforlifeWinter2015inpersonColumbia

Winter 2015 in-person class (Columbia - Quarterdeck)

Orientation: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
10 Week Class: Wednesdays, January 28 through April 8 (except April 1), from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Cost:

  • $50 for faculty/staff (and family members) of the University of Missouri; if you participatin in 9 of 10 classes:
    • $25 rebate
    • 100 points toward the Wellness Incentive for first-time participants who are eligible for the Incentive program
  • $180 for members of the community

Registration: https://www.regonline.com/eatforlifeWinter2015inpersonQuarterdeck

Winter 2015 online class

Orientation: starting Friday, January 23
10 Week Class: the week starting Friday, January 30, through the week starting Friday, April 3

Cost:

  • $50 for faculty/staff (and family members) of the University of Missouri; if you participatin in 9 of 10 classes:
    • $25 rebate
    • 100 points toward the Wellness Incentive for first-time participants who are eligible for the Incentive program
  • $180 for members of the community

Registration: Closed; the class is full.

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.

Resources

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

Weight Watchers at Work on your campus

Enroll now for Weight Watchers at Work! Enjoy the convenience of meeting on campus at midday. New sessions are starting now; join our informational meetings to learn more:

Register now for an informational meeting
to kick start your Weight Watchers at Work program

MUHC

Date: 03/19/2015

Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: University Hospital, Room N522 (by purple elevators)

Register/contact: Sarah Ellis, (314) 808-0163 or EllisS@umsystem.edu

A minimum of 15 people is required to hold the next 17-week session. Register with Sarah.

UMSL

Date: 03/19/2015

Time: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Arts and Administration Building, Room 222

Register/contact: Sarah Ellis, (314) 808-0163 or EllisS@umsystem.edu

A minimum of 15 people is required to hold the next 17-week session. Register with Sarah.

Note:

Contact Sarah Ellis, (314) 808-0163 or EllisS@umsystem.edu, about informational meetings at MU and UMKC. Alternatively, you can join the ongoing program listed below.

An informational session was held on 02/24/2015 for Missouri S&T. Contact Sarah for further information.

 

Current programs are underway on every campus. If you can’t make the informational sessions listed above, you are welcome to join a program that is already underway for a prorated fee. Contact the session leader listed below for details.

Columbia
Quarterdeck, 162B
Mondays (Nov. 10th – March 2nd) -- You may join mid-session
Weigh-In @ 12:00p.m
Meeting @ 12:15-12:45p.m
Leader-Kate Johnmeyer katejohnmeyer@gmail.com

University Hospital, N522 (by the purple elevators)
Thursdays (Nov. 13th – March 26th) -- You may join mid-session
Weigh-In @ 11:45a.m
Meeting @ 12:00-12:30p.m
Leader- Darlene Rowe salon4como@yahoo.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)
Mondays
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)
Thursdays
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.

Rolla

Weight Watchers is coming back to the Missouri S&T campus soon! Please contact Sarah Ellis at (314) 808-0163 or EllisS@umsystem.edu with questions or for more information.

St. Louis
Arts and Administration Building, 222
Thursdays (Nov. 13th- March 26th) -- You may join mid-session
Weigh-In @ 11:45a.m
Meeting @ 12:00-12:30p.m
Leader- Kim Holcomb kimmytheredhead@yahoo.com

 

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

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