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Healthy Lifestyles (Non-Surgical) Weight Loss

In addition to surgical weight loss options, UnityPoint Clinic Weight Loss offers a non-surgical, medically supervised weight loss program. Our goals through the Healthy Lifestyles Program are designed to help you feel better and live the life you've always imagined. The supportive program provides our patients with a comprehensive approach to weight loss involving individualized meal plans, exercise recommendations and lifestyle behavioral therapy.

Benefits From the Non-Surgical Healthy Lifestyles Program

We use current evidenced based recommendations to help you reach your goals. By working with us you can be more active, live a healthier life and lower your chances of having:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • Joint or back pain
  • Sleep apnea (irregular nighttime breathing)
  • Arthritis
  • Metabolic syndrome (many problems with your metabolism)

Is the Healthy Lifestyles Program for you?

  • Are you overweight?
  • Is your weight causing you health problems?
  • Do you feel bad about yourself because of your weight?
  • Are you willing to commit time and energy to improve your health?

What is the process?

1. Consultation

Once you contact us, we will schedule you for the first visit with a nurse practitioner. A complete evaluation by the nurse practitioner at your first visit is the foundation of your personalized weight loss program. The nurse practitioner will build a team of experts around your needs.

Learn more about the Weight Loss Team

2. Setting Weight Loss Goals

We will help you create personal goals and monitor your own food choices and exercise with journals, websites, and phone applications to increase mindfulness - your ability to recognize and make choices and actions that lead to good health. Our weight loss program is different from other diet, drug or exercise-based plans. We do not rely on single short-term solutions or other "quick fixes." Our patient-centered approach puts you in the driver's seat, empowering you to reach weight loss goals that lead to long-term, lifetime health.

3. Weight Loss Tests

We offer baseline tests such as resting metabolic rate and exercise tolerance testing to evaluate your progress and some can be done right in our clinic. Your Healthy Lifestyles Program team will coordinate your care and any tests you need with your primary care doctor and other health providers.

4. Measuring Success

With the Healthy Lifestyles Program, patients meet regularly with the nurse practitioner, registered dietitian and exercise physiologist to monitor progress. Objective and behavioral markers will be recorded at each visit to measure patient progress toward overall goals. Our health specialists will work with you to set weight loss goals and make changes to achieve them. 

How do I get started?

  • To get started,  make an appointment with our clinic. Call 515-241-2250 today to sign up for your first visit. 
  • Please read, print and complete the patient history form and bring it to your first Healthy Lifestyles Program physician/team consultation.