The ME Program consists of four 90-minute
sessions over a six-week period. It is taught
by a health psychologist with special
training in weight loss. The strategies taught
are clinically proven to enhance weight loss
results when combined with healthy diet
and exercise. Participants will learn how to:
- Build confidence and commitment to
- Use mindfulness to help increase
awareness of the connection between
thoughts, behaviors, eating and exercise
- Decrease hunger and cravings
- Respond to sabotaging thoughts while
building helpful, productive thoughts
- Soothe emotions without food
Who could benefit from
If you answer yes to some or all of these
questions, you may be an ideal candidate.
- Do you identify yourself as an "emotional
- Do you tend to eat more in a situation
where there is food displayed or if others
around you are eating?
- Do you tend to think it is unfair that you
have to change your eating patterns?
- Do you tend to have very unstructured
eating habits with irregular meals and
varying meal times?
- Do you feel like you know what you should
do to lose weight, but have difficulty getting
yourself to do it?
Class members should not have significant
untreated anxiety or depression and should
be generally comfortable talking and sharing
ideas in a group.
Does insurance cover this class?
Insurance may cover the cost of this class. For more information, please contact your insurance provider directly. They may ask for the name of the service (health and behavior group intervention) or the CPT code (96153). Ask your insurance provider if you need a referral from your primary care physician. The fee for each 90-minute class is $120.
Call the Health Psychology Department at 217-788–4180 to get information about the next scheduled class or to register.