Weight Management and Nutrition Medicine

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The Health Benefits of Exercise

Research consistently shows that regular exercise, combined with healthy eating, is the most efficient and healthful way to control your weight.

Research also shows that, in addition to helping to control weight, regular physical activity can reduce your risk for several diseases and conditions and improve your overall quality of life.  Learn more here.

Internal Medicine’s USC Center for Clinical Nutrition is committed to offering state-of-the-art professional services to patients who have nutritional disorders or those who may benefit from nutritional support for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, fatty liver, asthma/food allergies, and prevention for certain cancers. Our Center also offers a medically-supervised weight loss program for patients who are overweight or obese. Whether you need to lose 10 lbs or 100 lbs, our “Live Well” program take a patient-centered approach to weight loss, working with you individually on tools and support you need to achieve a healthier lifestyle and weight.

Weight Management Program

The USC “Live Well” Program is a comprehensive program that will help you understand the role of nutrition in your overall health. Under direction of  Dr. Kurt Hong, our team of experts will work with you on designing a healthy, satisfying, and sustainable eating plan that does not leave you feeling deprived. You can work with our educators on detailed meal planning. We believe that long term weight loss success needs to focus on total wellness, which includes setting reasonable goals, planning for obstacles, managing stress, and building a good support system.

Components of our comprehensive program include:

Many studies have shown strong correlation between obesity and chronic diseases, including diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, asthma, and certain types of cancers. Even with modest weight loss, clients who have hypertension, diabetes, or high cholesterol usually note improvements within days to weeks, along with improvement in energy and quality of life.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is an essential component of comprehensive health care. Individuals with a variety of conditions and illnesses can improve their health and quality of life by receiving medical nutrition therapy. During an MNT intervention, we work with you on behavioral and lifestyle changes required to impact long-term eating habits and health. During you initial visit, a comprehensive nutrition assessment determining the nutrition diagnosis and status is performed. This is followed by planning and implementing a nutrition intervention using evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines. Lastly, monitoring and evaluating your progress over subsequent visits is crucial for long term success. MNT has been shown to be a medically and cost-effective way of treating chronic disease, including:

If you are interested in our “Live Well” weight management program, or to schedule a consultation for Medical Nutrition Therapy, please call 323-442-5100 for an appointment. We see patients at our Keck Medical Center of USC Downtown as well as at the Keck Medical Center of USC Pasadena office.