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Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less

Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less, a 15-week weight management program, is helping individuals across the state achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The 15-week program, offered in weekly one-hour sessions, is based upon proven strategies for weight management. Each lesson informs, empowers and motivates participants to live mindfully as they make choices about eating and physical activity.

Through the NC HealthSmart initiative, the NC State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees began offering the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program to its members at their worksites in 2009, and online in 2011. Both the response to and results from the program have been outstanding. As of August 2014, 529 classes had been completed serving 9,563 members with a 70% completion rate (attended 10 of 15 classes).

Analysis of the 342 onsite classes between August 2009 and May 2014 found a decrease in obesity and hypertension and an increase in normal weight and blood pressure among participants. Most participants reported enrolling to lose weight or better manage a health condition, and program satisfaction topped 90%. Another survey of individuals who completed the course found 71% of the 1,156 respondents had maintained or lost more weight six months after the program ended. Data analysis shows online classes reporting similar outcomes as onsite classes. To learn more, go to

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Eat Smart, Move More NC exists through the work of its many partner organizations.
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