If you are overweight or obese, simple things like tying a shoelace, playing with your children or even getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult. Extra weight can also put you at risk for serious medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and some types of cancer. Just a few extra pounds can make your clothes not fit the way you want them to or cause you to not feel like yourself when you look in the mirror.
What program is right for me?
Ministry Health Care offers a full range of programs and resources to help you meet your specific weight loss goals. Depending on your health and the amount of weight you need to lose, our weight loss physicians and registered dietitians can help you choose the program that’s right for you. We can also bill eligible health insurance plans for the medical services that are part of select weight-loss programs.
Our team helps patients to determine candidacy for bariatric surgery. As bariatric surgery is a life changing experience, it is important that patients are well prepared to undergo the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects associated with weight loss surgery. Body Mass Index helps to provide a definition for selection/candidacy of therapy for people who are overweight.
Medically Supervised Weight Loss
Any person of any age who has extra body fat to lose may work with a physician to help with weight loss. Weight loss medication is not always appropriate, depending on age and amount of weight needing to be lost. The decision to use medication is individualized to each patient. Medically supervised weight loss can be especially helpful to people with chronic health conditions (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, heartburn/GERD, heart disease, depression and anxiety). Often, many of these problems are substantially improved or may go away completely with adequate weight loss.
HMR® Weight Management Program
Our Weight Management Program offered by Ministry Rehabilitation Services in Rhinelander is an HMR® program with different food programs available. Our multidisciplinary team includes a physician, nurse practitioner, and nurses as well as behavioral health educators. We work together to coach participants in the practice of long-term healthy lifestyle behaviors.