Getting On Track Toward Lasting Weight Loss

December 16, 2015
By: Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, DCI

Most Americans know excess weight is a risk factor for developing serious medical conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease and stroke. Those extra pounds can also affect self-esteem, limit fun-filled activities and reduce overall quality of life.

Most diet programs offer quick fixes that don’t last. Duke Health and Fitness Center offers long-range strategies that can help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The center’s experts provide the expertise, knowledge and support needed for lifelong success.

The staff at Duke Health and Fitness Center understand that Getting On Track is the first step toward long-term weight management. The center’s team of experts works with Getting On Track participants to eliminate frustration, confusion and the deprivation that can accompany weight loss attempts.

“Getting On Track is an eight-week program featuring seven interactive nutrition, exercise and behavioral change classes,” said Kara Mitchell, a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and wellness manager at Duke Health and Fitness. “This exciting program offers individualized support from a dietitian, an exercise physiologist, a psychologist; it’s the total package for success.”

To ensure continued weight management over a lifetime, participants will end the program learning to apply knowledge acquired over the previous seven weeks. Upon completion, participants are invited to continue to take part in accountability sessions to further support personal fitness and weight management goals.

The Getting On Track weight loss program will begin on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at Duke Health and Fitness. Enrollment includes one hour of exercise prior to each class at Duke Health and Fitness. Getting On Track is offered to Duke faculty, staff, patients and the community at large. The fee for Getting On Track is $370. There is a 10 percent discount for Duke employees and Duke Health and Fitness members. A three-installment payment plan is available. The deadline for registration is Thursday, Jan. 21. Duke Health and Fitness is located at 3475 Erwin Road in Durham, North Carolina. For more information, call 919.660.6818 or email Kara Mitchell.