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Nutrition or Weight Management

Nutrition or Weight Management

Nutrition or Weight Management Programs

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.

Plant-based Nutrition

Plant-based Nutrition Series

Learn about the health benefits and science associated with plant-based nutrition during this eight week 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.

Plant-Based Nutrition
Mondays at 12:30 PM
BRB 105
Jan 8 through March 5
Register Today!

Class Dates and Topics

1/8 - Screening of "What the Health" Documentary.

1/15 - MLK Day observed, no class

1/22 - Overview presentation, The Benefits of Plant-Based Easting - Above and Below the Belt with Jane Esselstyn RN 

1/29 - Deeper dive into prevention, The Arrest and Reversal of Cardiovascular Disease with Nutrition: Fact or Fiction? with Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD 

2/5 - How to Shop, Read Labels, and Eat Plant-based, with Ann Crile Esselstyn, M.Ed and Jane Esselstyn, RN 

2/12 -  Plant-based Cooking Demo, Samples, and Intro of 7-Day Challenge with co-authors Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn, RN

2/19 - How Did We Get Here? Hurdles, Challenges, Obstacles to Plant-based Eating with Brian Hart M.Ed. 

2/26 - Post 7-Day Challenge Pot Luck Community Support Resource Discussion, with Jane Esselstyn, RN and Ann Esselstyn M.Ed.

3/5 - Plant-based Eating on Campus by Bon Appetit Dietitian

Weight Watchers @ CWRU

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From February 5 through February 23, there will be an Open House/Inspire Event for our At Work Meetings to motivate faculty and staff with success stories and practical tools. Those who purchase a Weight Watchers At Work Meetings Membership during this promotion period are eligible to receive a FREE Starter Kit packed with exciting tools ($70 value) that are inspired by our new WW Freestyle™ program!

Learn more about the Weight Watchers Starter Kit!

Enrollment Details
CWRU Faculty and Staff
To enroll, log on to
Use Company ID 21123 and Company Passcode WW21123

On Campus Weekday Meetings

Wednesdays all year
12 - 1 pm 
School of Nursing, Faculty Staff Lounge (first floor)

Thursdays all year
12 – 1 pm
Thwing, Cleveland Room

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

Learn More >

Selfhelpworks LivingLean and LivingWell

Current On-Line 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.

Designing Your Personal Weight Loss Plan

Designing Your Personal Weight Loss Plan, a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) created by Mary Beth Kavanagh, former senior instructor and director of bachelor’s/master’s education in the Department of Nutrition, is now available for FREE to CWRU Faculty and Staff.

This 5 week, 10 class program restarts every two weeks. Because we all have different palates, levels of cooking interest and nutritional needs, this program allows participants to build a plan that works within their lifestyles.

In order for Wellness Participants to earn the Nutrition and Weight Management incentive, they must:
  • register
  • complete the coursework
  • and BEGIN the weight loss plan
Note: To qualify for the Wellness Weight Management/Nutrition incentive for 2018, participants must complete the course and begin their personalized weight loss plan no later than November 30, 2018.