Weight management

Also known as: obesity, weight problems, overeating, emotional eating, nutrition

Ready to lose weight? We can help.

Weight management classes
For information call Providence Resource Line at 503-574-6595, or visit www.providence.org/classes.

  • Changing from the Inside Out: Resolve Emotional Eating  Gain new insight into emotional eating and develop new skills for resolving it in this 10-week group program.

Outpatient counseling
Discover a new approach to weight management that includes personal nutrition counseling, medically
prescribed diets and an individualized weight management program. Learn more about Providence Nutrition Services.

Fitness and wellness classes
Pick from a variety of high- to low-impact movement, step, resistance training, circuit training, water aerobics, yoga, Pilates, ball exercise and gentle-paced exercise. In addition, classes and forums on general wellness topics, including smoking cesssation, senior health and women’s wellness, are available. For details, call Providence Resource Line, 503-574-6595, or visit www.providence.org/classes.

Ask An Expert

The best sites for the heart-healthy diet

The digital marketplace now offers an abundance of health and diet management tools, from websites to monitor your weight to smart phone apps that allow you to take a picture of your food and get an instant calorie count.

Ask an expert: Paleo pros and cons

Q: "Proponents of the Paleo diet claim that we'd all be healthier if we went back to eating like cavemen. Is there any truth to that?"

Ask an Expert: Can a person eat too much fruit?

Q: Health experts tell us to eat lots of fruits and veggies, but can a person eat too much fruit? On an average day, I eat about 2-1/2 cups of grapes, two apples, two pears and, at dinner, two servings of vegetables. I’m trying to lose a little weight and am worried that fruit may be deceptively high in calories and sugar.

Ask an Expert: Super-slow weight training

Q: "What is super-slow weight training? Is this method something I should consider trying?"

Ask an Expert: Ten ways to watch your weight over the holidays

Q: "This year, for once, I do not want to gain weight over the holidays. Can you offer some realistic advice that will still allow me to enjoy the season?"

Answer provided by Valerie Edwards, M.S., R.D., L.D., clinical dietitian, Providence Portland Medical Center, and Michelle Guitteau, M.D., director of ambulatory education, Providence Portland Medical Center: 

Ask an Expert: Ten Dietary Mistakes that lead to Weight Gain

Q: “I think I follow a pretty healthy diet, but I must be doing something wrong, because my weight keeps creeping upward. What dietary mistakes most often lead to weight gain?”

Answer provided by Valerie Edwards, M.S., R.D., L.D., clinical dietitian, Providence Portland Medical Center, and Michelle Guitteau, M.D., director of ambulatory education, Providence Portland Medical Center: 

Ask an Expert: The benefits of aerobic exercise

Q: "My husband does a lot of strength training, but refuses to include any aerobic exercise in his routine. I'm worried that he's losing out on some important health benefits, but he doesn't buy it. Can you convince him?"

Ask an expert: Heavy kids

Q: “My 11-year-old son is very active and eats healthy foods, but is still heavy. Will he grow out of the fat, or is there something we can or should do now? Kids tease him, and he’s very sensitive about being heavier than his friends.”

Answer provided by Connie Warner, M.S., R.D., pediatric dietitian, Providence Neurodevelopmental Center for Children:

Ask an Expert: Fruits and Veggies – How Many Should You Eat?

Q: First, it was “five a day.” Then the Dietary Guidelines changed to “4 to 13 servings per day.” I’m confused — how many fruits and vegetables should I be eating?

Answer provided by Terese Scollard, MBA, R.D., L.D., regional clinical nutrition manager for Providence Nutrition Services: 

Ask an Expert: How much strength training should I do?

Q: “I am a 47-year-old woman, I weigh 155 pounds, and I am very physically active. Currently, I do more cardio than strength training. How many times a week should I be doing strength training?”

Forms Instructions

Health and Wellness Class Registration - Mail or Fax

Please use this form to register by mail or fax.

Health and Wellness Classes Registration Information

You may register in any of these four ways.

Request Nutrition Services

Please complete the following form if you are interested in scheduling any of the following nutrition services:

  • Special diet counseling
  • Weight management
  • Nutrition counseling for children with special health care needs
  • Medical nutrition therapy

Proprietary Health Article

Losing the first 20 pounds

By Valerie Edwards, MS, RD, LD, clinical dietitian, Providence Outpatient Nutrition Services, Providence Portland Medical Center How many pounds...

Twelve resolutions for real health improvement

Forget crash diets, miracle supplements and infomercial exercise gizmos. If you are tired of feeling tired, sick of getting sick, and over being overweight, here are 12 New Year's resolutions that will help you make real, lasting improvements in your health.

Bicycle training schedule

The schedule below provides a guide to training for a 24-mile event, such as the Providence Bridge Pedal.

Eat breakfast every day

Mom always said that eating a good breakfast is the best way to start the day. If only more of us had listened. Only about half of American adults under age 55 eat breakfast every day. Those who skip it often do so in the mistaken belief that it’s an easy way to drop calories and weight. But research shows the exact opposite effect: people who skip breakfast weigh an average of seven pounds more than people who eat breakfast. Adding breakfast to your daily schedule can result in a weight loss of four pounds in just a few months.

Your September resolution: Walk, lift and stretch

This month, take a look at the kinds of activity you’re getting. Is your exercise program balanced? Does it include a mix of aerobic exercise (for your heart), strength training (for your bones and muscles), and stretching (for flexibility and balance)? If you’ve been focusing on only one of these areas, start shaking things up and adding the other two to your weekly routine. Your resolution for September: walk, lift and stretch for a healthy, well-balanced body.

Your November resolution: Use a smaller plate

Here it comes – the time of year when we trade our regular jeans for that slightly larger, looser pair, so we can comfortably enjoy all the holiday feasts that the season serves up.

Your October resolution: Pick better proteins

Fats and carbohydrates both have been branded by various fad diets over the years as nutritional bad guys that should be avoided at all costs. Protein, on the other hand, has somehow maintained a sterling reputation as a nutritional good guy. The truth, of course, is that all three are good guys, as long as you choose the right kinds and don’t eat too much.

Your April resolution: Get some sleep

If you’ve been following along with our 2011 monthly resolutions for better health, then you’ve made some impressive changes in your life in just three months: you’ve had a thorough health checkup, kicked tobacco out of your life, and started a lifelong exercise habit. Give yourself a big high-five – I know that not all of these were easy to do. By comparison, you should be able to accomplish April’s resolution in your sleep.

Your December resolution: Manage your stress

Much has been written about the harmful effects of stress on the heart, the immune system, the digestive system, the reproductive system, the lungs, the muscles – even the skin. But if you ask me, the most devastating effect is the toll that stress takes on your mood and quality of life. 

Recommended Resource

USDA Food Pyramid Website

MyPyramid offers personalized eating plans and interactive tools to help you plan/ assess your food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers. CNPP is an agency of USDA's Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services.

US Department of Health & Human Services Dietary Guidelines for Americans

US Department of Health & Human Services website on the latest dietary guidelines, includes FAQs, weight management and activity tools.

Healthwise Learning Center: Fitness and exercise

Physical activity is not just for jocks. It's for everyone. Being active can help you stay healthy, control your weight, and get the most out of life. No matter what your age or condition, there is a type of exercise that's right for you.