MinuteClinic launches weight-loss program incorporating DASH diet
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — MinuteClinic has created a weight-loss program that incorporates what has been ranked as one of the top diets in the country.
The retail clinic chain, a division of CVS Caremark, called the Weight Loss Program at MinuteClinic a convenient, personalized program to help patients lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. The program incorporates the DASH diet, ranked as the No. 1 Overall Diet by U.S. News and World Report.
The program includes weekly visits with a MinuteClinic practitioner and nutrition and weight-loss advice delivered through the online DASH for Health program and includes a medical evaluation with lab tests for blood sugar and cholesterol. DASH stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension. Most insurance plans cover the program, which costs $69 for the first assessment and $59 for subsequent coaching sessions.
"DASH is one of the most highly recommended, evidence-based diets in clinical practice today," MinuteClinic chief medical officer Nancy Gagliano said. "Our weight-loss program is designed to help patients lose weight by making smart choices and focuses on healthy eating with DASH-approved recipes. In addition to providing healthy dietary recommendations, MinuteClinic practitioners tailor a weight-loss plan for each patient that incorporates counseling, education and advice to help patients achieve their goals."
Included in the program is an online membership in DASH for Health, which includes tools, meal plans, exercise tips and recipes. The MinuteClinic program is limited to patients aged 18 and older and is not available in Massachusetts.
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