Nutrition or Weight Management

Healthy eating and weight management are two critical components of a healthy lifestyle. CWRU is committed to providing a variety of informative, evidence-based, and enjoyable options to help you attain your goals.‌‌

Why is this important?‌

Attaining and/or maintaining appropriate weight is suggested for general health and well-being. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends assessing weight and health risks.

Appropriate weight for height may be determined by using an online BMI calculator.

Unhealthy eating is related to many of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Use of websites such as the USDA Dietary Guidelines for America and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's guidelines on Lowering your Blood Pressure with the DASH diet may be helpful.


Sugar Fix

Learn how to cut sugar from your diet and take control of your health in this 8-week long program with Lindsay Malone, MS, RD, CSO, LD, CWRU Dept. of Nutrition faculty member. 

Kick Off your sugar awareness by watching the documentary Fed Up prior to the series. 

Sugar Fix will be offered on Wednesdays, January 4 - February 22, 2023 from 12 - 1 pm via Zoom

Register Today


PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program

Those trying to make healthy lifestyle changes to prevent type 2 diabetes may consider participating in the Diabetes Prevention Program  from the CWRU Department of Nutrition. Each year, in December, an information session is offered. The program begins in January and lasts the entire year.

In the PreventT2 lifestyle change program, a trained lifestyle coach and fellow participants will encourage you to make healthy changes that will last a lifetime.

In this program, participants will:

  • Learn about healthier food choices without giving up the foods they love
  • Add physical activity even when there doesn't seem like enough time in the day
  • Deal with stress
  • Receive a FREE digital scale
  • Better cope with challenges that can derail progress, like how to choose healthier options when eating out
  • Get back on track if you stray from your plan

The program will began on January 18, 2023 following an information session on January 11, 2023.

Register for the January 11, 2023 Information Session Today 


A Functional Approach to Optimizing Women's Health

Join Gina Jones, MS, RD, LD in this new series focused on enhancing women's health through nutrition. This series will feature a functional nutrition approach to optimizing your health through food and a restorative lifestyle while gaining more energy, better sleep, improved digestion, and overall vitality. The use of pre- and post-series assessments will provide valuable outcomes data for participants.

Topics featured include

Session 1: Introduction to how our body systems are interconnected 

Session 2: Addressing and reducing inflammation

Session 3: Balanced blood sugar for better energy 

Session 4: Optimizing nutrients + meal planning demo

Session 5: The gut connection 

Session 6: Restorative Lifestyle 

Session 7: Women's Hormone Health 

Session 8: Moving forward with continued progress 


Plant-Based Eating on a Budget

Critics often argue that a plant-based diet is too expensive...is this actually true? By popular demand, we are diving into how to eat a whole food, plant-based diet on a budget! Whether you are a prince or a pauper, you can enjoy the benefits of the diet that science shows optimizes our health and reduces our risk of dying prematurely. Join us for a two-part presentation:

  • Plant-Based on a Budget - 30 minutes with Executive Director Brian Hart, M.Ed
  • Budget-Minded Cooking Demo - 30 minutes with Ann and Jane Esselstyn

This presentation was held on Thursday, July 14th from 12-1p via Zoom.

Watch the Recording Here


Functional Nutrition

In this popular class from the Wellness Program, CWRU Nutrition faculty and Registered Dietitian Lindsay Malone will enhance your knowledge of gut health, nutrient deficiencies, prevention of cognitive decline, food sensitivities, meal planning and more as it relates to your lifestyle and health goals. Food is medicine, nourishing our bodies and souls - every bite is a new opportunity to feel healthier and happier!

Functional Nutrition is an 8-week series and that took place via Zoom on Tuesdays from 12-1pm beginning July 19th, 2022. Be on the lookout for another series in 2023.

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Nutrition 101

Join CWRU bio-nutrition researcher Alicia Thomas as she discusses a broad range of nutrition topics, from general information on key nutrients to breaking down popular diets like the Mediterranean and Plant-Based diets.

Nutrition 101 is an 8-week series. All sessions take place via Zoom. Series will return in 2023.


Healthy Catering

Choosing healthy options for catered events presents a great opportunity to encourage health and well-being on campus. Maureen Pisanick, RD, LD, President and Chief Nutrition Officer for Pisanick Partners, LLC, shared helpful information during the summer of 2022. Listen to this presentation to learn more about how to make nutritious food choices for your next meeting or event at CWRU.

Healthy Catering Presentation


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Community and Online Meeting Options

NOTE: The on campus meetings have been suspended. Participants can find a group online.

A 50% subsidy is available for all benefits eligible employees to attend community or online meetings.

Learn more about the CWRU options.


Avidon Health Programs (previously known as SelfHelpWorks)

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Current Online Programs

1. LivingLean

Our partners at SelfHelpWorks offer this 12 session on-line program designed to help you break your addiction to unhealthy foods so that you can lose weight or maintain your healthy weight.

Read more: LivingLean Weight Loss and Nutrition Program

To register, follow the prompts on the SelfHelpWorks page of this website.

2. LivingWell

Selfhelpworks also offers this 9 session diabetes program which will change the way you manage, think and feel about dealing with diabetes.

Read more: LivingWell Diabetes Management Program

To register, follow the prompts on the SelfHelpWorks page of this website.


Nutrition Counseling

CWRU EAP Provider Impact Solutions offers Nutrition Counselors for free to benefits-eligible faculty and staff.