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As a new year begins, for many it’s a time to reflect on the past, set new goals and place a greater focus on our health and wellbeing. Common New Year’s resolutions include improving diet, losing weight and finding time for fitness.

As a UNC-Chapel Hill employee, you have a variety of resources available to help you meet your nutrition, weight loss and health goals in 2019.

Nutrition & Weight Loss Resources

Weight Watchers at Work
2022 update: This program is no longer active.

Weight Watchers (WW) continues to hold the No. 1 spot in the Best Weight-Loss Diets and Best Commercial Diets.1   Sessions include WW Freestyle Program with over 200 delicious zero-point foods and point rollover. UNC sessions held in the Fall 2018, resulted in participants losing an average of 9.6 lbs. in 12-weeks.

New session discount:

Join the new Wednesday morning meetings at 7:45 a.m. held at the UNC Highway Safety and receive 15% off ($132.60 for 12-weeks). Must attend first class to receive the discount. The January start date will be set once a minimum of 15 people pre-register to participate. 

Current sessions (Join anytime!):

  • Wednesday afternoons at 12:45 p.m. at the School of Nursing
  • Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m. at Kenan-Flagler Business School

Meetings open to new members! Join anytime at prorated cost.

For more information about location, prices, how to pre-register visit,

Weight Loss and Lifestyle Medicine (WeLL-Me) Program

UNC Weight Loss and Lifestyle Medicine (WeLL-Me) program offered at both the UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care and UNC Hospital Spine Center is a multidisciplinary program that utilizes lifestyle interventions, such as nutrition, physical activity, and behavior therapy to help patients to lose weight.

Staff works closely with UNC dietitians, physical therapists, clinical psychologist, weight loss classes, mindfulness programs, and other UNC weight loss programs to optimize patients’ quality of life and their weight loss process. In addition to lifestyle interventions, a highly skilled obesity medicine physician will play an integral role in coordinating care and medication management to maximize weight loss.

Offers individual lifestyle counseling with a physician at the cost of a specialist copay ($80 for 80/20 members, $94 for 70/30 members.)

UNC Weight Management Program (WMP)

UNC Weight Management Program (WMP) is located within UNC Family Medicine Center. WMP offers individual and/or group counseling to eligible participants to develop personalized and sustainable weight loss plans. Program length is one year and includes: nutrition and physical activity counseling, stress management tools, referrals to specialists such as dieticians or bariatric surgeons as needed, and an optional support group after graduation.

Program cost includes a one-time primary care copay for first visit and then a one-time $125 enrollment fee for the year-long program.

View additional program details.

Dietitian Visits

For more a personalized nutrition plan, State Health Plan members ages 6 and older can enjoy nutrition and weight management benefits.

80/20 Plan Members:  In-network dietitian visits delivered in an office, urgent care, or outpatient facility are covered 100%. Services include the following:

  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Obesity Screening
  • Behavioral Intervention

70/30 Plan Members:  Members with diabetes receive up to six visits per year at no cost for in-network nutritional counseling visits.  After six visits, members will pay 30% after they have met their deductible.

In-network nutritional counseling visits related to any other condition other than diabetes are limited to a combined in- and out-of-network maximum of four visits a year for a copy of $40 per visit.

For more information visit,

Click on Health & Wellness > Your Health & Wellness Resources > Nutrition and Weight Management.

Fitness Resources

FREE Employee Only Classes (No membership required, just bring your UNC One Card)

  • Tai Chi – Tuesdays at 1 p.m. – Rams Head Recreation Center
  • Yoga – Thursdays at 1 p.m. – Rams Head Recreation Center

Campus Recreation Trial Membership

Campus Recreation offers a free one-week trial membership to permanent employees of the University and UNC Hospitals. Give it a try! Submit a trial membership request form if interested.

(Trial membership not available to family members of employees.)

Learn more about the Campus Rec. Trial Membership

NEW Employee Lunchtime Class Pass

Employees can now enjoy a mid-day workout at an even lower cost.  For only $30 a semester (Spring 2019: January 9 – May 10), employees can attend an unlimited number of fitness classes held at 12:15, 12:30 or 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Student Recreation Center and Rams Head Recreation Center.

View the full class schedule

Learn more and purchase your class pass

Full membership $12.50 a month. Learn more about memberships




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