Mindful Eating Program

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 weight loss
  • 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 this class?

If you answer yes to some or all of these questions, you may be an ideal candidate.

  • Do you identify yourself as an "emotional eater"?
  • 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.