KU Weight Management Program
Welcome to the KU Weight Management Program
The KU Weight Control Research Project (WCRP) has been operating since the 1980's and consists of two branches: 1. ongoing externally funded clinical research projects and 2. minimal-research weight management programs. Both programs use a holistic approach to cover all aspects of successful weight reduction and weight management, including nutrition, physical activity, and the emotional/cognitive aspects of behavior change. We approach weight management as a lifestyle change, one that will be made over time and continued through life.
WCRP started at the University of Nebraska-Kearny two decades ago and transferred to the University of Kansas in 1998. WCRP investigates different dietary, behavior, and exercise-based strategies and their effects on long-term weight management.
The minimal-research weight management program was established in 2003 and serves individuals who do not qualify to participate in a clinical research study. The cornerstone of the program is the weekly lifestyle clinic, which serves as both an educational forum and a support group. Weight management is a set of learned behaviors, thus the clinics are designed to teach and promote those behaviors.
All classes are developed by a multidisciplinary staff of registered dietitians, exercise physiologists, and behavioral psychologists. Medical management is provided by a staff physician when the dietary protocol or participant's individual health status deems it necessary.
All participants are required to obtain physician clearance prior to beginning the program.