Medical Weight Loss Clinic & Health One Program

"No matter what your weight loss goal is, even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight, is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood
pressure, blood cholesterol, blood sugars and sleep apnea."
Prasuna Rao Madhavaram, MD, UnityPoint Clinic


New Sessions Starting! Register to attend an information session or call (319) 298-2200 for more information.


Obesity is a medical condition which may have an adverse effect on your health, leading to reduced quality of life and increased health problems. Obesity and increased central fat increases the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and certain types of cancers.


In the Medical Weight Loss Clinic, Dr. Rao evaluates and treats individuals struggling with weight related issues. During your first visit she will evaluate for causes of weight gain and help you determine a program to best fit your needs.

Dr. Rao will provide care during and after weight loss. Close monitoring and lab work will help ensure you are medically stable. She will adjust medications as necessary, including those for blood pressure and diabetes.

Modest Weight Loss Can Mean Big Benefits

Losing weight is not easy and takes commitment. Research shows those who maintain a significant weight loss report improvements in not only their physical health, but also their energy levels, physical mobility, general mood and self-confidence.

Lifestyle changes, such as new eating habits and increased physical activity, will help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss over time.

The Medical Weight Loss Clinic encourages patients to participate in the Health One program. The Health One program combines a complete meal replacement product with support for your greatest chance of success. Patients may also be referred to other services as deemed appropriate by Dr. Rao.

There are no restrictions on weight or BMI to be seen in the Medical Weight Loss Clinic but an established primary care physician is required. If you and your doctor feel weight loss will help, you may request an appointment.

Health One Meal Replacement Program

This medically-supervised program provides safe and effective weight loss with an emphasis on lifestyle changes, not dieting, to help you lose weight.

Doctors may refer patients to this program and we also welcome individuals with an established primary care physician.

The program offers:

•  Medically-supervised treatment
•  20 week program focusing on lifestyle changes
•  A team of experts to provide personalized support
•  Rapid weight loss using Health One
•  Assistance to help you transition back to "grocery store" food

About the product

Health One participants:
•  Experienced an average weight loss in 20.8 weeks equal to 52 lbs. or 21 percent of initial body weight
•  Maintained 80 percent of their weight loss with regular maintenance course attendance

Health One can be used in hundreds of recipes to create variety in meals. No other meal replacement available has the same versatility. From the first day on the program, you'll learn how to incorporate Health One into your meal planning and preparation.

Health One is filling and wholesome. Every serving provides your body with balanced nutrition- the vitamins and minerals needed for optimal functioning. You can select among four flavors to cook with or to use as a shake: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and creamy potato.

Each individual meal contains:
•    Highly purified protein
•    25 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals
•    Gluten-free
•    No artificial sweetener
•    Excellent taste

 Back to the kitchen for prevention

This program provides the support, skills and tools needed for success while preparing you for your eventual transition back to grocery store food. Our philosophy is to get you "back in the kitchen for prevention" and our team of experts will help you develop the skills needed to make this a permanent lifestyle change.

Weekly support sessions include:
Foundation Sessions
• 20 weeks of group sessions focusing on nutrition and lifestyle change
• Weekly individual check in with our team
• Medical monitoring
• Structured meal plan

Long term support for weight maintenance
• Most important phase of the program
• Lasts as long as you want to work on your health
• Includes weekly sessions where you practice skills in a supportive environment
• Support of others who have achieved long term weight maintenance

Making appointments

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rao at the Obesity Clinic, call (319) 298-2200. For more information on the Weight Management Program, Nutrition Counseling or the Meal Replacement Program, please call (319) 298-2200.