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.

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 will take place via Zoom on Tuesdays from 12-1pm beginning July 19th.

Register here

Nutrition 101

Join CWRU bionutrition 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 on Wednesdays from 12-1p, 5/25 - 7/13. All sessions will take place via Zoom.

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The Arrest and Reversal of Cardiovascular Disease with Nutrition: Fact or Fiction?

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. for men and women. But, as Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former internationally renowned surgeon, researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, explains, it can be prevented, reversed and even abolished. Dr. Esselstyn argues that conventional cardiology has failed patients by developing treatments that focus only on the symptoms of heart disease, not the cause. Based on the groundbreaking results of his 20-year nutritional study, the longest study of its kind ever conducted, he explains, using irrefutable scientific evidence, how we can end the heart disease epidemic in the country by changing what we eat.

This one-time lecture will took place via Zoom on Monday, March 28th from 12:00-1:00pm.

Watch the Recording Here

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. 

Week 1: Film debrief, summary of sugar and chronic health problems. Building awareness around where sugar is and how to identify it. Listen to the recorded session.

Week 2: Find replacements for common sugar filled foods as you wean off sugar. Balancing blood sugar to avoid sugar craving (lifestyle, exercise, food)  Listen to the recorded session.

Week 3: Begin your sugar fix with a kick sugar 2 week commitment. Learn how to shop, cook, and build lifestyle habits to feel great while you kick sugar. Artificial sweetener showdown (are they any better?). Listen to the recorded session.

Week 4: Check in with the first week of sugar elimination. Learn how to make smoothies and how to stay full and satisfied without the sugar. Listen to the recorded session.

Week 5: Check in with the second week of sugar elimination. Discuss how sugar impacts your immune system. Introduce low sugar coffee and condiments. Answer the question once and for all - can sugar be enjoyed on occasion? Listen to the recorded session.

Week 6: Your brain on sugar, discover how blood sugar impacts your thinking, decision making and mood. Introduce brain foods for balanced blood sugar. Listen to the recorded session.

Week 7: Experiment with baking. Learn recipes for low sugar desserts and treats. Listen to the recorded session.

Week 8: Maintaining motivation to stick with it and keep sugar out of your diet long term. Listen to the recorded session.

Wednesdays, Jan. 12 - March 2, 2022 (12 - 1pm)

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 current program began on January 19, 2022 following an information session on January 12, 2022. 


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.