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Living Well

Living Well is a complete wellness program and total health approach to weight management. We give you all the tools and support you need to achieve a healthier lifestyle and weight, which can prevent chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Our approach to living well includes weight loss, nutrition, behavior change and exercise.

Your program begins with an in-depth orientation with our healthcare team to evaluate your medical condition, identify your current nutrition status and level of fitness and assist you in establishing realistic goals. Your six-month program includes weekly classes, opportunity for health coaching and optional membership to Ohio State's Center for Wellness and Prevention Fitness Center and more. You may continue on after the initial six months with Phase 2 to ensure your long-term success.

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Living Well Phase 1 Includes


  • Comprehensive initial wellness orientation with registered dietitian, RN, health coach and exercise specialist to set up personalized program
  • Weekly classes on nutrition, behavior change and exercise taught by a registered dietitian, behaviorist and exercise specialist. Each weekly class focuses on a different topic that will help you achieve your weight loss goals. Some examples of classes include: shopping smart, food triggers and cues and exercise motivation


  • Option to participate in monthly 30-minute health coaching workshop
  • Three optional individual appointments with a behaviorist on topics, such as emotional eating or stress management
  • Three optional individual appointments with a health coach on topics, such as: goal setting, using strengths, overcoming barriers and increasing motivation
  • Opportunity for ongoing counseling support


  • A supervised reduced-calorie meal plan, which enables the participant to lose weight safely
  • Option to participate in the Health Management Resources (HMR) supplement (powdered meal replacement – soup/shakes) for an additional cost
  • Food journals reviewed weekly
  • One-on-one nutrition education as requested
  • MedGem test (provides a measurement of oxygen consumption to determine how many calories you burn a day, also known as your resting metabolic rate)


  • Fitness evaluations at weeks one, 12 and 24
  • Exercise journals reviewed weekly
  • One-on-one exercise education as requested
  • Optional use of Ohio State's Center for Wellness and Prevention Fitness Center including orientation to the fitness equipment and exercise classes
  • Personalized exercise plan

Program Cost:

  • $855 without Fitness Center membership
  • A minimum payment is due at the time of your initial wellness orientation
  • Discount available when program is paid in full at the initial appointment
  • Payment plans available
  • Ohio State Health Plan members may be eligible for up to 50 percent reimbursement

Living Well Phase 2

The second phase is a six-month program designed to help you continue your weight loss progress. During Phase 2, more emphasis is placed on activity and identifying and overcoming the behavioral roadblocks that prevent us from reaching our weight loss and lifestyle goals.  Phase 2 includes:

  • Repeat MedGem Test – Your resting metabolic rate typically decreases with weight loss and may be the reason for weight loss plateaus.
  • Three individual appointments – These appointments can be with an exercise specialist, registered dietitian or health coach. An individual appointment allows you an opportunity to do more of the fine tuning of your lifestyle habits.
  • Weekly check-in – This check-in makes you think about the choices you made during the week and their impact on your weight.
  • Weekly education class – The phase 2 classes focus on the underlying issues that often sabotage our success, such as stress and food triggers, and will provide more hands-on exercise experience.
  • Monthly health coaching workshop is available.

Program Cost:

  • $700 Fitness Center membership (three-month payment option also available)
  • $470 without Fitness Center membership (three-month payment option also available)
  • Discount available when program is paid in full at the initial appointment
  • Payment plans available
  • Ohio State Health Plan members may be eligible for up to 50 percent reimbursement​​