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

The Fit, Trim, and Slim Program at Penn State Health Heart and Vascular Institute is a comprehensive, ten-week program led by noted experts in the fields of behavior modification, nutrition, and exercise. In a dynamic group setting, the team helps program participants identify reasons for weight gain and develop strategies for losing weight and keeping it off.

Contact us

For more information on the Fit, Trim and Slim program, or to register, call our CareLine at  


Who may benefit from Fit, Trim, and Slim?

The program is designed for those who are looking for tools and techniques that will help them develop a well-rounded healthier lifestyle. Participants are put on the path to long-term weight management success.

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 stressful eating habits.

Upcoming sessions

Sessions are held quarterly in Jan-April, May-July, Aug-Nov, please call our CareLine, 1-800-243-1455, for dates and times. Classes during each session period are held weekly in the West Campus Health and Wellness Center on the Hershey Medical Center campus. Free, convenient parking is available in parking lot K, immediately adjacent to the entrance.


Please call our 24-hour CareLine at 1-800-243-1455 to learn about program cost. This program may be covered by your insurance provider. Participants are encouraged to contact their insurance providers directly to confirm what reimbursement may be obtained from their policy. The Medical Center’s health plan does recognize this program for its employees.

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.

What is a Body Mass Index (BMI)?

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 if I don’t need to lose much or any weight but want to attend?

Anyone who wishes to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise, healthy eating habits, and healthy mindful behavior modification is welcome to attend.