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Heart and Vascular Institute – Fit, Trim and Slim Weight Management Program

Heart and Vascular Institute – Fit, Trim and Slim Weight Management Program

Important Facts In Managing Your Weight

Being overweight is more than just a cosmetic problem. It is a serious health hazard, increasing the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer.
Over 60 percent of Americans are overweight.

Learn about our Fit, Trim and Slim Weight Management Program

Contact us

For more information on the weight management program, or to register, call 

800-243-1455 or


Program components


  • Healthy eating guidelines and meal planning
  • Food choices for feeling fuller on fewer calories
  • Label reading and grocery shopping
  • Cooking and serving tips
  • Strategies for meals away from home


  • Why exercise is an important component of both losing weight and maintaining weight loss
  • Proper components of an exercise session
  • How to safely begin and continue an effective exercise program

Behavior modification

  • Identifying individual lifestyle habits that must be altered to succeed at long-term weight management
  • Distinguishing the difference between physical and emotional hunger
  • Learning how to develop healthier approaches in managing emotional hunger

Upcoming sessions


  • January 11 – April 4, 2018
  • May 2 – July 25, 2018
  • August 29 – November 14, 2018


Program cost is $225.00. Check with your insurance company or employer for possible reimbursement.


Call our 24-hour CareLine and register today at 800-243-1455.

For information concerning the support group meeting dates, please call 717-531-1552.

Learn more about our Fit, Trim and Slim Weight Management Program

 Fit, Trim and Slim Weight Management Program Support Group

Graduates of this twelve-week program are encouraged to participate in the monthly support group that is offered at no additional charge. This group meets at the West Campus Health and Wellness Center on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Learn more about our Fit, Trim and Slim Weight Management Program

Fit, Trim and Slim Weight Management Program Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people gain weight?

A person becomes overweight when he or she consumes more calories than he or she burns. Many factors cause this imbalance between calories in and calories out. Family predisposition, behavior patterns, dietary habits, and lack of exercise are factors that can contribute to weight gain.

How does this program help?

The Weight Management Program at Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute helps individuals identify factors of weight gain and develop strategies to lose weight. Noted experts in the fields of behavioral modification, nutrition, and exercise will develop strategies for losing weight and keeping it off.

Who may benefit from the program?

The Weight Management Program will be of greatest benefit for those who need to lose less than fifty pounds. The current medical standard for measuring weight is the Body Mass Index (BMI.) The BMI uses a simple mathematical formula to determine ranges for healthy and unhealthy weights, based on height. 

A person with a BMI or 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, and a person with a BMI greater than 30 is considered obese.

What does the program cost?

Program cost is $225.00

Penn State Medical Center employees covered by the Hershey Medical Center’s health plan are eligible for reimbursement. Participants are encouraged to contact their insurance providers directly to confirm what reimbursement may be obtained from their policy.

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