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Medical weight management program

Medical weight management provides medically supervised, non-surgical weight loss options.

You can lose weight to improve your overall health and decrease the severity of weight-related medical conditions. You will work with medical weight management providers to find the right tools and resources for you to successfully maintain a healthy weight and improve your quality of life.

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What it is

Group program: You may wish to consider the Medical Weight Management group program at Allina Health Hopkins Clinic, a medically supervised, non-surgical weight loss program.

Each session will focus on different topics including healthy eating, physical activity and mindfulness/relaxation to promote emotional well-being.

  • You will participate in six group sessions held every-other-week for two-and-a-half hours.
  • At the beginning of each session, you will have a one-on-one medical evaluation by an advanced practice registered nurse to provide an update on your progress since your last check-in.
  • The group will do activities and learn about nutrition, physical activity and emotional well-being.
  • Sharing with other group members will help you learn from others who have the same health condition.
  • Support and guidance to make incremental changes to improve your health.

The group program cost is covered by most insurers, including Medicare and Medicaid (copays, coinsurance and deductibles may apply).

 

Individual program: If you prefer more personalized, one-on-one care, the individual Medical Weight Management program may work best for you. Appointments are available at our locations in Hopkins, Minneapolis and St. Paul.

You will meet with a weight loss physician or nurse practitioner. The provider will create a specialized treatment plan for you. Your treatment plan may include medication.  

A registered dietitian will meet with you to develop a diet tailored to your specific needs. The focus is on portion control, healthy eating and a moderately reduced calorie diet that will work for you.

  • You can expect a one-hour intake visit with the doctor or nurse practitioner to get to know you and your history
  • You will also have a one-hour intake appointment with the dietitian to learn more about your eating habits and patterns.
  • Monthly visits with both the provider and dietitian will occur to help keep you on-track and check your progress towards your goals.
  • We are here for long-term follow up, if needed, to help you maintain your weight loss.

The individual program cost for provider and dietitian visits is covered by most insurers (not covered by Medicare).

Good to know

To participate in the program you:

  • must be an adult, 18 years or older
  • have not been pregnant in the past six months and are not breastfeeding
  • are not planning on becoming pregnant in the next six months
  • group medical weight management program: body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher
  • individual medical weight management program: body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher

Steps to sign up

  1. Complete the health history form, found under "Related links"
  2. Send document to:
    • Email weightmanagement@allina.com
    • Or mail to:
      Weight Management Referral Specialist
      Mercy Specialty Center
      11850 Blackfoot St. NW, Suite 300
      ​Coon Rapids, MN 55433

If you are not able to open, save or send the history form, please call 763-236-0940 and a hard copy with a return envelope will be mailed out to you. Or, you may print a copy and mail to Allina Health Weight Management Attention: Referral Specialist, 11850 Blackfoot St. NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433

3. Upon receipt of your health history form, scheduling staff will contact you to assist you with individual appointment or group scheduling, depending on your preferred program.

4. Please contact our enrollment department at 763-236-0940 with any questions. 

 

Good to know

Low-calorie meal replacement program (OPTIFAST): Patients in the Medical Weight Loss Program meet with a weight loss physician who creates a specialized treatment plan to help them reach their individual weight loss goals.

Depending on each patient’s unique goals and medical situation, treatment may include the use of a low-calorie diet. The low-calorie plan offered to our patients includes smoothies, protein bars and soups.

Please call for details: 763-236-0940.

 

Good for treating

Weight loss makes you feel better, move better and improve your energy – and many other health problems get better:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • sleep apnea
  • arthritis
  • heart disease
  • high cholesterol
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • infertility
  • headaches
  • back and joint pain

Related links

Source: Deborah Vanderhall, RN, program manager, Allina Health Weight Management
Reviewed by: Charles Svendsen, MD, MBA, program medical director, Allina Health Weight Management

First published: 12/13/2017
Last reviewed: 12/11/2017