Healthy Weight

We know that many Washington University employees are concerned about eating well and maintaining a healthy weight. The resources below offer several options for learning new strategies and adopting new habits that can help you achieve your goals.

Weight Management Coaching with WebMD

Weight Management Coaching is a specialty coaching program offered for benefits-eligible employees through the WashU WebMD Portal and the Wellness at Your Side app.  Professionally trained coaches will help you set a weight loss goal and discuss realistic strategies for achieving it. Your coach is here to help you sustain your healthy weight and lifestyle. This free and confidential service is offered to you as part of your Washington University health and wellness benefits. Employees can enroll by calling 1-888-383-8742.  There is no fee for these coaching sessions. Click here for more information about the WebMD Health Coach program.

Some feedback from our employees…

The health coach was very helpful with the information that she gave me. Just talking to someone and confirming to make changes is something I can do. It was motivating for me and I appreciate taking the time to talk with me.

She sounds pleasant and helped me to make the change which will ultimately help me be healthier.

Megan seemed very knowledgeable. I am looking forward to trying out the website and her suggestions about my nutrition.

Outpatient Dietitians

A dietitian can help you establish a personal eating plan, address concerns about food allergies or intolerances, and help you manage chronic conditions. We highly encourage you to confirm your health plan coverage before you see a dietitian by calling the number on the back of your member card.

If you are enrolled in a Washington University health plan, you can see a registered dietitian for a nutrition consultation with a physician’s referral. There are no visit limits, however your cost share will be assessed per your plan coverage. Members can search the UnitedHealthcare network for licensed providers by looking under ‘nutritionist’.

Licensed providers are available for appointments at the Washington University Heart Care Institute in West County. These professionals can provide counseling on a number of health topics.

Washington University Heart Care Institute in West County
Nutrition Counseling and Diabetes Education
Dotti Durbin, RD, LD, CDE
Kelly Bristow, MS, RD, LD

1020 N Mason Road, Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: (314) 996-3140

Weight Watchers at Work Meetings

Weekly group meetings are offered for employees looking for support to eat well and lose weight. Membership fees do apply.  For more information and to join, please contact the individuals below.

  • Danforth Campus Meeting
    Wednesdays – 11:45 AM weigh in and 12:00 PM meeting
    Tiejens Hall, Room 4
    Contact: Patti Forrest
  • School of Medicine Campus Meetings
    • Thursdays – 11:30 AM weigh in
      McDonnell Pediatric Research Bldg., 3rd Floor Conference Room
      Contact: Dr. Ericka Hayes
    • Thursdays – 10:00 AM weigh in
      Location varies
      Contact: Judy Martin Finch

Washington University Weight Management Program

Employees with a BMI of 30+ or a BMI of 25-29 and a current diagnosis of type 2 diabetes or hypertension are eligible for this program. The Washington University Weight Management Program offers a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss by combining the expertise of physicians, behavior therapists, registered dietitians, and physical therapists. The format includes group sessions that focus on behavior modification, medical monitoring, nutrition education, and physical activity. Washington University employees receive a 25% discount on program fees.  Contact Beth Henk, Program Manager at (314) 286-2080 or for more information or to schedule a free orientation.