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.

NEW!!! Forever Fit (Weight Loss)

FOREVER FIT is a weight loss and wellness series that focuses on building foundational habits for health. Presented by Functional and Integrative Medicine dietitian Lindsay Malone.

Weekly Topics"

1. Utilizing the vision method and preparing to succeed with SMART goals. Watch the recording!
2. Harnessing the power of support and accountability to reach your goals faster. Watch the recording!
3. Flexibility through keeping tabs. Utilizing food tracking and the 80/20 rule. Watch the recording!
4. Make room for magic. Setting up your day and week to make room for healthy new habits. Watch the recording!
5. What to eat and how to eat better without thinking about it. Watch the recording!
6. Planning, shopping, cooking - the essentials for a healthy and hearty kitchen. Watch the recording!
7. Turn down fat storage and shrink your waist. How stress, lack of sleep and low fiber carbs contribute to weight and waist gain. Watch the recording!
8. Turn up your fat burning and rev your metabolic engine with targeted exercise. Watch the final recording!

Forever Fit
Wednesday at Noon via Zoom
January 13 through March 3
Class is full, please contact Mary Ann to be placed on the waiting list.

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. 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.  Watch the class!
  2. What in the World Do I Eat? A functional nutrition approach to stocking your grocery cart with foods that will love you back. Check out the recording!
  3. Inflammation 101: The anti-inflammatory lifestyle prescription. Strategies for extinguishing the flame fueling many chronic diseases. Watch the class!
  4. 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. 
  5. Functional Kitchen: Implement meal-planning strategies and learn simple cooking techniques to make delicious, nutritious meals. 
  6. 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. 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. 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
Wednesdays at NOON
March 24 to May 12
Please register!

NEW HOLIDAY Session! Plant-Based Holiday Desserts

Wait, don't plant-based eaters have to forgo tasty treats? Never! Join cookbook authors and YouTube sensations Ann and Jane Esselstyn for a tutorial on Tuesday, December 8th from noon to 1pm for healthy AND yummy holiday dessert ideas, especially ones that involve chocolate. In addition, this session will review whole-food, plant-based guidelines for general health and reversing chronic western diseases. 

In addition, Ann and Jane suggest participants watch this recording with more on HOLIDAY COOKING!

Plant-based Holiday Desserts took place on December 8.
Watch the recording!

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

Nutrition 101 returns in the summer of 2021.

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 beginning in January 2021.

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 began on January 13, 2021. Look for another group to start in January 2022.


Learn all about the new WW!

Join in March 2021 and earn a FREE Healthy Kitchen Kit.

Learn about this great promotion!!

Sign up for a FREE Webinar from WW

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

Sign up for a WW Webinar today!

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.

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.