Weight Management

You’ve got support to manage your weight with free resources and savings on today’s most popular weight-loss and lifestyle programs.

Personal Health Coaching

If you have a personal health goal, such as losing weight, starting an exercise routine, personal health coaching can help.  Health Coaches are happy to help you set realistic goals and provide you with support and resources to motivate you along the way.  You can earn YP4H points for participating in this program.

Group Health Coaching

Would you or your co-workers like to work together to lose weight? A health coach can help you develop an action plan with personalized goals to improve your health and wellness in a group setting — offered in-person and online.  You can earn YP4H points for participating in this program.

Telephonic-Based Nutrition Counseling

Not sure where to start with adopting healthier eating habits?  The Ohio State Employee Assistance Program, powered by Impact Solutions, offers free telephonic coaching sessions with a registered dietician.  During the sessions, expect to receive education in dietary recommendations to improve overall health, goal setting, encouragement and meal planning on a budget.

MyFitnessPal (MFP)

This publicly free mobile app and online service helps users to track their nutrition, water and exercise intake as they progress towards their weight loss goals.   MFP is currently the only nutrition app that syncs with Virgin Pulse, where members can receive points for tracking their healthy eating.  This app, a partner of Virgin Pulse, has not been evaluated by Ohio State for meeting accessibility or risk standards and is only being endorsed to help members earn additional rewards in the YP4H incentive program.

Virgin Pulse Nutrition Guide

Got a sweet tooth? Eat whatever’s easy? Pick your nutrition profile and Virgon Pulse will serve up healthy tips and great recipes from Zipongo — just for you.  You can earn YP4H points for participating in this program.

Depending on if you are enrolled in medical benefits through Ohio State, you may be eligible for programs at a subsidized rate.  A subsidy means that Ohio State shares the cost of a program or service with you.  Please note that the following programs will have eligibility requirements and may need the approval of your healthcare provider.

Non-Surgical Weight Management at Ohio State

For more than 20 years, Ohio State’s Comprehensive Weight Management Program has produced results that rank above the National Institutes of Health expected weight loss average.  Their success is established by offering a complete health and wellness approach to weight management.  If you are interested in learning more about the Living Well, Healthy Living or Real Solutions weight management programs, meal plan and cost options, join the next information session.

You can earn YP4H points for participating in this program.  To learn about what is covered under the Ohio State medical plan, please refer to the current Summary of Plan Details Document (SPD) under “Weight Management Programs”


Benefits-enrolled faculty and staff and their enrolled spouses, and adult dependents can participate in the nation’s number one weight loss program, WeightWatchers, at a more affordable option.  Ohio State will pay for half of your membership for the online program or in-person meetings (workshops) near your home or on Ohio State’s campus.

You can earn YP4H points for participating in the workshop program only.

Nutritional Counseling

Did you know your medical plan includes coverage of nutritional services?  Your first 3 visits are covered at 100% and additional visits after (up to 6) will have a shared cost.   To learn about what is covered under the Ohio State medical plan, please refer to the current Summary of Plan Details Document (SPD) under “Nutritional Services.”

Ohio State is home to some of the world’s most brilliant and innovative researchers in nutrition, physical activity, and weight management.  From time-to-time, faculty and staff are eligible to participate in studies that will not only impact their own health but also have impact across the globe.  Here are some studies currently looking for participants:

Impact Diabetes Prevention Study

The purpose of this study is to determine the best educational program for helping people lose weight and keep it off to prevent diabetes. We know that losing weight can be challenging. Our goal is to compare two different approaches to diabetes prevention and weight loss and evaluate which program works best.  You may be eligible for this study if you are: 21 years of age or older, an Ohio State employee who is eligible for Health Plan benefits (whether you are actually enrolled in plan or not), overweight and at risk for diabetes based on your glucose/A1c level (considered “prediabetic”)  If you would like to speak with a study coordinator, please call 614-292-4772 or diabetesimpactstudy@osu.edu.


Ohio State encourages anyone interested in volunteering for research studies to register with ResearchMatch, a secure, easy-to-use volunteer registry funded by the National Institutes of Health.  Researchers of approved academic institutions like Ohio State can use ResearchMatch to find volunteers who are a correct fit for their work. Your name and personal information are not released to any researcher until you indicate that you would like to know more about his or her study.  People of all ages and health conditions, including healthy people, are welcome. Volunteers under the age of 19 must be registered by a parent or guardian.