UNC Weight Management Program

The UNC Family Medicine Center offers a program to help patients lose weight and lead healthier lives. Program participants meet regularly with a counselor to discuss their weight loss goals and develop an individualized weight loss plan. Patients also receive referrals to specialists such as dietitians or bariatric surgeons for further assistance as needed. If you’re interested in being referred to the program, speak with your provider!

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The Family Medicine Center offers a complete range of personalized options designed to help you lose weight and maximize your well-being. Program components include assistance in developing diet and exercise plans, approved weight management medications when indicated, and connection to bariatric surgery according to patient interest and need. In order to participate, you must be over 18, have a BMI greater than 30, and be ready to start changing your diet and level of physical activity. Any insurance is accepted, and program participation is free after the first visit. You need a referral from your primary care provider to participate.

Who Qualifies for the Weight Management Program?

The weight management program is open to all qualified patients at the Family Medicine Center. Speak with your primary care provider (PCP) to obtain a referral. 

General criteria:

  • BMI of 30 or greater
  • Willingness to commit to the full program
  • Greater than 18 years of age

What is included in the Weight Management Program?

Patients are expected to meet with their counselor on a regular basis for six to twelve months, depending on patient goals and progress.  Patients have an initial one-hour appointment and follow-up visits are 30 minutes.  In order to ensure program success, patients attend weekly sessions for the first month of the program; then biweekly sessions thereafter.

When can I come in for the Weight Management Program? 

Appointment times vary. At the moment, patients can see their counselor on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays.

What is the cost of the Weight Management Program?  Is it covered by insurance?

Patients can expect to pay a co-pay for the initial consultation (typical PCP co-pay), then subsequent visits are free.

For more information contact Stephanie Wilhoit-Reeves, Program Manager, 984-974-4971 or .

 


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