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.

A User’s Guide to 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.


  1. 7/6 - Introduction to Functional Nutrition: Learn about a leading-edge, evidence-based, systems biology approach to healthcare that focuses on identifying root causes to significantly improve health outcomes.  
  2. 7/13 - What in the World Do I Eat? A functional nutrition approach to stocking your grocery cart with foods that will love you back. Watch the recording!
  3. 7-20 - Inflammation 101: The anti-inflammatory lifestyle prescription. Strategies for extinguishing the flame fueling many chronic diseases. Watch the recording!
  4. 8/3 - Your Microbiome and You: Hippocrates believed “all diseases begin in the gut”. Discuss how your food choices and your environmental exposures can lead to good health or become the perfect storm for disease. Watch the recording!
  5. 8/10 - Functional Kitchen: Implement meal-planning strategies and learn simple cooking techniques to make delicious, nutritious meals. 
  6. 8/17 - Preventing and Reversing Cognitive Decline: Does diet play a role in the modern treatment plan for cognitive decline?  Discuss research-based lifestyle interventions for preserving and restoring cognitive health. 
  7. 8/24 - Detoxification, More than a Trendy Term: We’re exposed daily to chemicals, harmful food additives, antibiotics and more. Learn how to select pure products from food to cleaning supplies, and be sure your body’s detoxification systems are running on all cylinders. 
  8. 8/31 - Functional Potluck: Put your new skills to work!  We’ll share a meal composed of “functional foods” over one last lecture. 

A User's Guide to Functional Nutrition
Mondays at 12:30
July 6 through August 31 (no class July 27)
Registration is Open

Nutrition 101

In this new 8 week series, Bionutrition researcher Alicia Thomas, will discuss a broad range of nutrition topics from general discussion of nutrients to popular diets like the Mediterranean and Plant-Based. 

Weekly Topics:

  1. Nutrition 101: Dietary Guidelines - watch the video
  2. Healthy Habits for Better Lives - watch the video
  3. Heart Healthy Eating: Fiber, Fat, Sugar and Sodium - watch the video
  4. Healthy Eating Part 1: The Mediterranean Diet - watch the video
  5. Healthy Eating Part 2: Plant Based Diets
  6. Shopping Savior-Faire Part 1: Food Labels - watch the video
  7. Shopping Savior-Faire: Part 2: (Virtual) Grocery Store Trip - watch the video
  8. Nutrition Trends, Fads and Hot Topics - watch the video

Nutrition 101
This class took place May 6 through June 24, 2020.

Plant-Based Nutrition

Learn about the health benefits and science associated with plant-based nutrition during this series program led by the Esselstyn family. Practical implementation suggestions will be discussed so that participants can learn how to follow this nutritional guidance at home and at work. Participants will be given the chance to take the "7 Day Challenge" at the end of April.

1. The Arrest and Reversal of Cardiovascular Disease with Nutrition: Fact or Fiction? (Dr Caldwell Esselstyn) -4/24
2. The Benefits of Plant-Based Eating - Above and Below the Belt  (Jane Esselstyn) - 5/1
3. Cooking Demo #1: The Basics(Ann and Jane Esselstyn) - watch the video from the 5/8 demo!
4. How Did We Get Here? Hurdles, Challenges, Obstacles to Plant-based Eating (Jane Esselstyn and Brian Hart) - watch the video!
5. Plant-based Cooking Demo #2, Samples, and Intro of 7-Day Challenge (Ann and Jane Esselstyn) - watch the video from the 5/22 demo!
       Participants take the 7 Day Challenge: May 23-29
6. Post 7 Day Potluck (Ann and Jane Esselstyn) - watch the video!
7. Plant-based Eating on Campus with Bon Appetit - watch the video
8. Participants will watch one of the movies suggested by the Esselstyns for the final date of the series.

Plant-based Nutrition
This class took place April 24 through June 12, 2020


Learn all about the new WW!

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WW offers a nice array of recorded webinars and live presentations monthly!

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On Campus Weekday Meetings

NOTE: All WW meetings will be completed via ZOOM until further notice. Participants can find a group online.

A 50% subsidy is available for all benefits eligible employees to attend on campus, online, and community meetings.

Learn more about the CWRU options.

SelfHelpWorks LivingLean and LivingWell

Current Online Programs

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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.