HMR Program at OSF Saint Anthony Recognized as Best Diets of 2015

1/08/2015 - Rockford, Illinois

A program offered by OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center and created by HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) has been named the No. 2 Best Weight-Loss Diet in U.S. News & World ReportsBest Diets of 2015. The ranking was based on both short and long-term weight-loss ratings of the HMR Program.

HMR’s programs focus on integrating diet, physical activity and healthy lifestyle skills through weekly coaching. This is the first time that HMR’s diet program has been included in the annual rankings list. HMR was evaluated against 34 other diets in categories including easiness to follow, ability to produce short and long-term weight loss, nutritional completeness, safety and potential to prevent and manage diabetes and heart disease.

During the ranking process, reporters and editors from U.S. News & World Report created in-depth profiles of each diet, and a panel of nationally recognized experts on diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease rated the diets and their effectiveness.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center has offered the HMR program for 2 years to community members who are interested in losing weight.

“We are pleased that HMR’s weight-loss program, which we offer at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most effective diets for weight loss,” Nathan Hamman, manager of Wellness at OSF Saint Anthony, said. “The program is effective at helping our patients achieve weight loss, which can result in improvement in risk factors for the development of conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The weight loss may also lead to a decrease in the need for medications for some individuals who have developed these conditions.”

The HMR program is available in hospitals and medical centers or can be used by participants at home. Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the HMR program in supporting weight loss. Research shows 47 pounds average weight loss for a mix of HMR Decision-Free® and Healthy Solutions® clinic patients with a BMI of 40 or greater who completed the program for at least 12 weeks.

For more information on HMR’s inclusion in the Best Diets ranking, please visit www.usnews.com/bestdiets or join the conversation on Twitter using the #BestDiets hashtag.

To learn more about the OSF Saint Anthony program, call (815) 227-2274 or visit osfsaintanthony.org.

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