Weight Loss News

OPTIFAST is a medically supervised weight management program that uses medical, nutritional, and behavioral elements to help patients manage their weight long term. OPTIFAST patients who actively participate in a 26-week program typically lose approximately 50 pounds.

November 2015

Nestle Health Science announces initiation of year-long OPTI-WIN clinical trial for weight loss and maintenance.

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July 2015

2015 OPTIFAST® "New You" Weight Loss Winners Revealed

Dedicated Patients from Illinois, California and Georgia Celebrate Healthy Lifestyle Changes
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June 2013

2013 OPTIFAST® "New You" Weight Loss Winners Announced

Patients and Clinicians from Arizona, California, Colorado and Mississippi Honored for Dedication to Healthy Lifestyle Improvements.
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August 2012

OPTIFAST program offered man help when other diets failed

Brad Newton knew by early 2011 that if he didn't get his weight down and under control, he was going to die. At that time the Fultondale man weighed 387 pounds, was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, had high blood pressure and back problems, and felt hopeless after more than 15 years of dieting ups and downs.
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The obesity society salutes Nike's "find your greatness" campaign

With the entire globe focused on the Olympics, The Obesity Society (TOS) congratulates Nike for their "Find Your Greatness" campaign. The videos show compellingly that sport is an activity for every person, and individual athletic achievement is within the reach of everyone, whatever their starting point. The campaign demonstrates that whoever we are, when we push ourselves to do the very best that we can, we achieve our own greatness.
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Fultondale man sheds weight to save his own life

James Newton can relate to those who suffer from depression due to body image. He once weighed 378 pounds. But for him, it was not only how he looked but about his health as well.
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July 2012

Valley dancer sheds pounds to get back in swing of things

Shauna Connelly weighed 218 pounds in fall 2010 when she accepted a referral to Scottsdale Weight Loss Center. There are many reasons why the weight of the then-former competitive dancer who trains in Tempe spiraled out of control, but one scared-straight reason why she was shocked into doing something about it. Her husband had weight issues and she wanted to go to be supportive. In doing that, she learned a hard lesson about herself.
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North Memorial nurse puts her diet where her mouth is

The Star Tribune featured contest winner Michelle Williams in its July 4th edition.
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Tempe woman celebrates 84-pound weight loss

FOX 10's Diane Ryan interviewed contest winner Shauna Connelly at the Scottsdale Weight Loss Center. The interview was featured during the 5pm news hour on Tuesday, July 3rd as well as on the station's website; you can watch the segment here.

June 2012

Obese adults should get counseling, federal task force says

Under the healthcare law, insurance companies would be required to cover the panel's recommended weight-loss treatments. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the law this week.
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FDA Considers New Weight Loss Drugs

Dr. Rob Ziltzer of Scottsdale Weight Loss was recently interviewed on use of pharmaceuticals as part of an effective weight management program. The article's focus on pharmaceutical co-therapy did not allow for mention of the fact that the patient, Sharon Sawhill, participated in the Scottsdale Weight Loss OPTIFAST program. Congratulations to Sharon on her success and thanks to Dr. Ziltzer for for his work towards educating the public about the positive impact of medical weight management with the OPTIFAST Program!
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April 2012

Medicare Revises Obesity Coverage Policy

Policy opens door to coverage of anti-obesity interventions.
A simple revision to a government policy manual may at last make it possible for seniors and disabled Americans to have treatments for diseases related to obesity covered under Medicare.
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Genesis Hospital Offers OPTIFAST Weight Management Program

Genesis Hospital in Davenport, IA talks to a local TV station (Channel 5 in the Quad Cities) about their nonsurgical weight loss program and how they are helping patients lose weight and make lifestyle changes that will help them with their long-term weight loss goals.
Click here to see the interview

January 2012

EatRight, Piggly Wiggly program helps customers make healthful choices.

Reading a food nutrition label is tough. How many servings is this? How much sodium? Wait, sodium is salt, right? Why don't they say so? Here's a number for total calories. And now calories from fat. What's up with dietary fiber? Help! *UAB EatRight program is a current OPTIFAST Program provider who has partnered with a local food chain to help consumers make better food choices.
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December 2011


We applaud the CMS determination that evidence is adequate to recommend Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity as reasonable and necessary for the prevention or early detection of illness or disability and is appropriate for individuals enrolled in Part A or Part B. It will take some time before a final policy is issued relative to billing and payment.
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October 2011

PhillyHealthWatch Interview With 2011 OPTIFAST Inspire Award Winner

Cheryl Marco, RD, LDN, CDE, was awarded the 2011 OPTIFAST Inspire Award this past May for her dedication and passion to helping patients lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Since 1997 Cheryl has been successfully administering Jefferson University Hospital’s OPTIFAST Program and changing thousands of lives along the way. Cheryl was recently interviewed by PhillyHealthWatch to describe the weight management program at Jefferson and how they help individuals lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle,
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September 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are evaluating expanded obesity coverage. The National Coverage Analysis for Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity (CAG-00423N) outlines the proposal. An excerpt from their description of the issue reads:

"CMS has decided to initiate a new national coverage analysis (NCA) on intensive behavioral therapy for obesity (IBTO), which is recommended with a grade B by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). We would be interested in receiving any recommendations on the appropriate frequency of this therapy and those qualified to provide it, based on documentation from the medical literature, current clinical practice guidelines, or the USPSTF recommendations."
Interested parties can review and comment on CMS Coverage Analysis online here

August 2011

Medical Weight Loss New York Featured in Extreme Weight Loss News Story

Dr. Wendy Scinta spoke to her local News Channel 9 local to see if they would be interested in sponsoring a story on extreme weight loss. The network featured a local couple who has been struggling with their weight and will now undergo a weight loss plan supervised by Dr. Scinta. The spot features Dr. Scinta, her clinic and the OPTIFAST products.
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July 2011

ABC News Interview With "New You" Contest Winner Jim Sutherland.

Jim Sutherland of Fletcher is a retired guidance counselor with a piece of sage advice when it comes to weight loss. 2 years ago he weighed 330 pounds. Now he's well on his way toward the ultimate goal of 175 pounds. OPTIFAST named him one of their 3 national winners in their "New You" contest.
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F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011

Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Twelve states now have obesity rates above 30 percent. Four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent.
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June 2011

Jim Sutherland Retired School Guidance Counselor talks about his weight loss with the OPTIFAST program and his improved health

OPTIFAST 2011 “New You” Winner Jim Sutherland talks about how his decision to lose weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle has helped improve his overall health.
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May 2011

Annual OPTIFAST “New You” Weight Loss Winners Announced

Patients and Clinicians from California, North Carolina, Seattle and Philadelphia Rewarded for Dedication to Healthy Living.
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April 2011

OPTIFAST 2010 Clinic of the Year Announced

Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition today announced that the Mercy Weight Management Program at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, OH has been awarded the OPTIFAST 2010 Clinic of the Year award.
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New strategic plan for NIH obesity research seeks to curb epidemic

To combat the obesity epidemic, the National Institutes of Health is encouraging diverse scientific investigations through a new Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research.
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October 2010

Nutrition Basics Help Fight Child Obesity

The FDA has published a guide to help prevent and fight childhood obesity.
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August 2010

CDC Publishes Obesity Vital Signs

CDC Vital Signs offers recent data on the important health topics of key diseases, conditions, or risk factors. Data is gathered from CDC's national monitoring systems to show progress in important areas of public health, and the ways people can increase their health, prevent or control disease.
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April 2010

April, 2010: USDA Awards Grants to Develop Obesity Prevention Programs

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) plans to focus on behavioral factors that influence obesity, in order to help prevent it. $11 million in grants are being offered for the development of effective obesity prevention strategies.
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