Nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans are either overweight or obese. Weight loss programs and apps abound, but sustainable weight loss is easier said than done.
“We listened to our patients’ feedback and saw a gap in what’s currently offered in our market,” says Bridget Slusarek, System Director of Comprehensive Weight Management Services. “Consumers are looking for a better way to lose weight and keep it off.”
So Fairview launched a new 24-week Healthy Lifestyle Plan that combines evidence-based weight loss strategies with one-on-one lifestyle coaching. Unlike plans like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig, it can address medical issues that make it hard for someone to lose weight on their own, such as hormone levels, the side effects of prescription drugs, or chronic conditions like sleep apnea.
The 24-week Healthy Lifestyle plan draws on the expertise of Fairview, HealthEast, and University of Minnesota Health specialists in weight management.
It combines all aspects of a healthy lifestyle: medical, emotional, nutrition, and activity. Each patient gets a three-person team dedicated to them. When necessary, they may also be referred to other specialists. The individualized plan for a patient could include everything from cooking classes with Fairview’s Chef Jeremy to customized exercises.
“The best weight loss intervention is the one that the patient chooses,” Bridget says. “We know that one size doesn’t fit all, so this program will help people create a weight loss program that works for them.”
The four phases
Week 1: Welcome to a healthier lifestyle
The plan begins by getting to know the patient. This stage includes:
Weeks 2-13: Start anew
Patients identify and work on any barriers that may be holding them back. This stage includes:
Weeks 13-16: Embracing change
As patients get comfortable with their new lifestyle, we begin to transition their health into their own hands by providing:
Weeks 17-24: Learning to thrive
This stage will focus on how to sustain the results the patient has achieved:
After patients finish the 24-week plan they may continue seeing their medical weight management team with individual visits or choose an extended plan.
Learn more at https://www.fairview.org/services/weight-loss-24-week.