If you’re a man looking to lose weight and make a lifestyle change, there’s a new program accepting people at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
The Men’s Weight Loss Program at the Center for Community Health & Prevention will begin March 6 and go for a period of six months. Regsitered Dietitian Yimy Queipo Rodriguez will lead the program, and discussed its focus Tuesday during News 8 at Sunrise.
“the program is evidence based research and we based it on the men’s health literature and studies that have shown that men typically don’t join programs like this,” explained Rodriguez. “They wait until maybe their doctors tell them – hey, you need to lose weight, you need to lower your cholesterol, your blood pressure. So we’re trying to promote this in the men’s health field.”
Rodriguez said the program is called a weight loss program but will also promote lifestyle and overall awareness of how to take care of your health. “There’s three aspects of the program. Obviously nutrition and exercise. But what’s unique about the program is the mindset, the psychological part of the program, which we touch base on stress, barriers, upcoming challenges that prevents some men to take care of their health. How do we deal with that? So we promote that aspect in the program.”
The program is 23 weeks long. “We meet once a week for three weeks and then on the fourth week you meet with me one-on-one so we can tailor and individualize the program based on your preferences, based on your willingness and things that you want to cover,” Rodriguez said. “We make it unique.”
He added research shows that at least six months is needed to make a habitual change. “That’s what we’re aiming for, rather than a quick fix – you know, lose 10 pounds and then you get into the cycle of gaining it back. We’re trying to make it promote lifestyle change.”
There’s still time to sign up for the program. Call (585) 530-2050 to sign up or for more information. You can also get more information online at https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/community-health/patient-care/lose-weight.aspx.