Weight Loss Programs in West Michigan
Better Life Unlimited
Better Life Unlimited has been making a difference in people’s lives since 1986 by promoting healthier living through responsibility, accountability, and conscious decision making. They provide programs, products, and plans for improving your personal health, such as a 30-day weight loss plan or a Boot Camp plan. They guide you each step of the way by doing the research for you and providing the findings in an easy-to-read format to encourage maximum weight loss. They also offer resources for kids health which includes a series of articles pertaining to relevant news and topics, as well as a list of possible recipes. In addition, they offer assessments to determine if you are at risk for a chronic disease. This will help you focus your weight loss goals so that you can avoid serious illnesses.
Curves is a fitness facility specifically designed for women. They offer a supportive environment where you can gain strength, balance, and flexibility with the guidance of your coach. In addition to their weight loss program, they also offer general fitness training with your own personalized diet plan.
Curves offers 4 different types of circuit classes: Cardio, Boxing, Body Basics, and Balance.
There is now a 30-minute at-home strength and cardio program, MyCurves on Demand. This online program is $24.99/month or $249.99/ear – both options include a Curves resistance band.
Women 18 and older are welcome to join curves and girls who are 15-17 can join with parental consent. Annual Fitness Membership is $59/month plus an additional joining fee. However, prices may vary. Contact your local Curves club for more information.
Visit www.curves.com for more details.
Encompass is a global company that strives to strengthen people, productivity, and performance. They offer an employee assistance program (EAP) that is committed to serving as your well-being partner. They provide a wide breadth of options to individuals and organizations to help to de-stigmatize mental health services with their everyday solutions for everyday people. Their action-oriented approaches assist leaders and teams in improving morale and productivity with solutions to effectively communicate, handle interpersonal conflicts, and navigate change.
For more information on how ENCOMPASS can help you enhance your health and wellness, call (800) 788-8630 or visit: www.mylifeexpert.com (register using our company code: GVSUNI).
Grand Health Partners
Grand Health Partners (GHP) offers both medical and surgical weight loss programs as well as emotional support. Patients in a program will either meet with a support group or a behaviorist on staff. GHP surgeons have performed over 12,000 bariatric surgeries. Over 99% of their procedures are done laparoscopically, minimizing the discomfort of patients after their procedures.
You must be 18 years or older to partake in any of these programs. For the medical programs, you are also required to meet with a dietitian and exercise physiologist individually to discuss how the program will suit you. Each medical program includes meeting once a week. During this time, you will meet with your doctor individually, weigh in, and then join your group for topic discussion. Surgical patients are required to meet with a doctor/surgeon and undergo a psychology examination.
Non-Surgical Weight Loss Programs:
- Getting Healthy 900 Program: A 24-week program, divided into three phases that focus on a diet structured of high protein and low-calorie foods while meeting with necessary medical professionals.
- Getting Healthy 1200 Program: A 24-week program, consisting of a low-calorie diet of 1200 calories per day while meeting with necessary medical professionals.
Surgical Weight Loss Programs:
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Roux en Y Gastric Bypass
- Duodenal Switch
Support groups after all of the programs are offered. These are free of charge.
Grand Health Partners is located at 2060 E. Paris Ave SE Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
Visit www.grandhealthpartners.com for more details.
GVSU Farmers Market
The Grand Valley State University Farmers Market strives to create an atmosphere where local food vendors can collaborate with GVSU in delivering fresh and wholesome food for faculty, staff, students and surrounding community members, generating profits for local farms while also providing the community nutritional food options. Together we can make a difference, and have fun doing it.
The current 2020 GVSU Farmers Market season is canceled due to COVID-19. Please stay up-to-date by following our social media platforms:
- Facebook: Grand Valley State University Farmers Market
- Instagram: @gvsufarmersmarket
- Twitter: @GVSUFarmMarket
If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a vendor, contact Yumi at [email protected].
For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/farmersmarket.
GVSU Recreation & Wellness
The GVSU Recreation & Wellness mission is to enhance and engage the GVSU community by providing inclusive and diverse recreational opportunities that inspire participation, promote health and well-being, and encourage personal development and success.
Due to the current circumstances of COVID-19, there are various virtual programs for those who do not feel comfortable attending the GVSU Recreation Center in person. This includes cooking classes, group exercise, appointments with RecWell’s dietitian, and mental health sources. Please visit the GVSU Campus Recreation webpage to view the updates made.
Visit www.gvsu.edu/rec for more information or feel free to contact the GVSU Recreation Center at (616) 331-3659 and ask for Amy Campbell.
Hackley Health Management
Hackley Health Management offers Health Management Resources (HMR) to those 18 and older. Health Management Resources (HMR) is an intensive weight-loss and lifestyle-change program designed to help you lose weight fast and build healthier routines that last. Their community of expert health coaches and dedicated members support each other to eat well, be more active and stay on track, even when life gets hectic. HMR is more than a weight-loss program; it’s a way of life.
There are a variety of program choices to suit your individual needs. These vary from clinic to at-home programs. Health coaches can help provide encouragement, emotional support and accountability. Your program can be individualized or you can choose to join a group class. The classes meet weekly and the prices depend on how long you attend. Tracking of your progress can be completed online or in person with a HMR staff member.
Helen DeVos Healthy Weight Center
The Helen DeVos Healthy Weight Center uses a family support approach to achieve a healthier lifestyle for the child and others involved. This program is offered to pediatrics up to the age of 18. In collaboration with multidisciplinary professionals, the child and their support system will set goals, navigate through medical treatments, and establish long-term lifestyle changes. The entire course of treatment will last approximately nine to twelve months with the need for specific follow-up appointments.
The Helen DeVos Healthy Weight Center is located at 330 Barclay Avenue NE, Suite 303, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Contact them at (616) 391-7999.
Visit www.helendevoschildrens.org/healthyweightcenter for more details.
Holland Hospital Center for Good Health
Holland Hospital Center for Good Health offers various 5-week fitness programs that are ongoing everyday. These programs can range from personal training to cardio and yoga. There is even a Winter Warriors program offered. Cost of these classes starts at $30. For a full list of programs offered, please visit www.hollandhospital.org and click on classes and events.
Holland Hospital Center for Good Health also offers wellness coaching. These are sessions where you can meet with a registered dietitian and/or a personal trainer to discuss issues one-on-one. Your issues can be geared towards weight loss if needed. Cost of this coaching depends on how long you attend the sessions.
The fitness classes and wellness coaching offered are located at an offsite fitness and conference center. You will be able to get away from the hospital setting and participate in physical activity comfortably in a group or one-on-one setting.
The Healthy Life Program through Holland Hospital Center for Good Health can be located at 175 S. Waverly Rd, Suite A, Holland, MI 49423. Contact them at (616) 394-3344.
Jenny Craig Company has been in business for over 30 years. Their mission is to provide dietary guidelines for every client. Eating and maintaining a balanced diet is very important to them. They focus on food and recommend activities that will aid in living a healthier lifestyle. Their program is for ages 13 and older. Those under 18 must have a signed consent form provided by their parent(s) or guardian(s). They have a few programs to choose from:
- Trial: This is for weight loss only and meets for 4 weeks.
- Maintenance: This is for weight loss maintenance and can last up to 2 years. An initial consult is made where the client's current weight, weight goal, and demographics will be recorded. Based off of these values, Jenny Craig will provide a recommended caloric intake value. Clients will also have their metabolism recorded by a BodyMedia Armband.
- Diabetic: This program aids those who have been diagnosed as diabetic and need help from a doctor trying to find the right foods and portions to consume.
A weekly one-on-one consultation will be set up that lasts about 20-minutes. It will provide you with the opportunity to set up plans for the following week and answer any questions you may have. Any program that a client signs up for has the same consumption schedule. You are allowed breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and some perishable items. Once you reach half of your weight goal, Jenny Craig will stop providing their food to you and wean you onto your own food. Once your weight loss goal is met, then there is a slight transition period where Jenny Craig will monitor your food intake until you feel comfortable on your own. The entire experience can be with one consultant or many. At Jenny Craig, they feel that it is best to try and expand your horizons and see as many consultants as you can. The more people you interact with, the better the experience will become. You can track each one of your changes in your meal plan online where the consultants can also help you. The track lists can range from menus, checklists, websites, metabolic math, and more. Overall, you will receive an experience that focuses on food, body, and mind.
Visit www.jennycraig.com for more details.
Mary Free Bed
Mary Free Bed is a comprehensive, medically supervised, non-surgical program that focuses on behavior changes that promote mental and physical well-being, including fitness and eating habits. Their program is 20-weeks long. Participants meet once a week to weigh in and go over the week’s lesson (including nutrition, exercise, and behavior) in a group setting of 6-12 people. They use a meal replacement as a way to lose weight in a set timeframe which provides structure until participants have the knowledge and confidence to make healthier choices.
Mary Free Bed’s focus is to help people become more functional and to live healthy lives through this weight management program.
Visit www.maryfreebed.com/rehabilitation/weight-management-program for more information or contact Kim Meeuwsen with any questions/comments you may have at (616) 295-5098.
Medical Weight Loss
Medical Weight Loss is a program that is specifically suited to you. There are a variety of programs that differ depending on how much weight you need to lose and in what time frame. Medical supplements are offered, but in some cases they are not needed. You can log on to their website and find a location near you. A personal nutrition consult will be set up to discuss how much weight you are advised to lose by what time. During this consult, you will partake in tests such as weigh-ins, blood pressure and glucose screenings. After, an entire program suited to you will be explained. Emotional support is offered throughout and is encouraged. The total cost of your program depends on your needs.
For GVSU faculty and staff discount information, visit www.gvsu.edu/hro/benefitswellness/medical-weight-loss-clinic-discount-429.htm.
Visit www.mwlc.com for more details.
Mercy Health Partners Weight Management
Mercy Health Partners offer a number of programs that can help you eat better, develop an effective exercise routine, and in some cases, achieve your weight-loss goals through minimally invasive surgery. All of their programs are under the Center for Weight Management. Some programs include Hackley Health Management, Medical Weight Management, Teens on the Move, Diabetes Self-Management, Eating Disorders Counseling, and Bariatric Surgery.
For more information, please call (231) 672-4325 or visit www.mercyhealth.com/medical-services/weight-management.
MVP Sportsplex offers group exercise, flexible memberships, work-space, free child care for ages 0-11 available to use while you are working out, and more.
Class prices vary. You do not need a membership to participate, but class prices increase without one. An MVP membership is $80 per month and decreases with the amount of people you add on.
Visit https://mvpsportsclubs.com/mvp-sportsplex-burton for more details.
North Ottawa Community Hospital
To assess and assist in weight management, the Bariatric Clinic at The North Ottawa Community Hospital offers both surgical and non-surgical programs. An integrative team of medical and health professionals work together to provide the services that best apply to the patient’s needs. The goal of the clinic is to create a program that will provide long-term benefits and improve one’s quality of life.
For more information regarding programs and services, contact the Bariatric Clinic at (616) 847-5489.
Visit www.noch.org for more details.
Overeaters Anonymous is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of support group meeting times each month. Meetings are held in both Grand Rapids and Hudsonville. Please call (616) 336-1359 for more information on meeting times, locations, and contact information.
Visit www.oa.org for more information.
Priority Health is primarily a health insurance provider. As Michigan's second largest health plan, they work hard everyday to help their members live more spirited lives, make meaningful contributions at work, and spend less money on health care. Through their products and tools, they encourage people to live healthier lifestyles. Wellness classes focused on nutrition, fitness and more are offered at locations near you. Worksite Wellness is also promoted.
Visit www.priorityhealth.com for more information and locations near you.
Spectrum Health Medical Group
The Spectrum Health Medical Group offers various weight management programs and services across Western Michigan. As a ranked provider, quality care will be given by a collaborative team of medical and health professionals that includes medical procedures and lifestyle modifications based on the patient’s needs. To begin the process, participants are encouraged to watch weight loss seminars and gather all necessary resources to ensure health is a priority. To find a bariatric specialist near you, use the following link to receive more information: www.spectrumhealth.org/patient-care/bariatric-surgery.
Visit www.shmg.org for more details.
Weight Watchers has tailored programs that are specific to you. To accomplish your goals, Weight Watchers develops personalized meals, creates a schedule that fits your daily life, and connects you with a community that wants to see you succeed. On the Weight Watchers app, you can take your program on-the-go while being able to complete workouts, track your eating patterns, and engage with live coaching.
There are three program styles that you can purchase:
- Digital: Navigate through the Weight Watchers program on your mobile device.
- Workshops + Digital: While using your mobile device, connect with others through virtual meetings or in-person workshops as locations open.
- Coaching + Digital: Your plan is given by a one-on-one coaching session that you can also use within the mobile app.
For more information, contact your local Weight Watchers studio.