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‘A Weigh of Life’ Weight Management, Healthy Lifestyles Program Now Enrolling Participants in New Fall Session

12-Week Course Empowers Wellness, Starts Oct. 3 at Carthage Hospital’s Main West Street Campus

As the holiday season fast approaches, Carthage Area Hospital’s Nutrition Services team welcomes members of the community to “fall into wellness” and enroll in its “Weigh of Life” weight-management and healthy lifestyle program.

A new 12-week class kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m. at the hospital’s main campus, 1001 West St., Carthage.

“The holidays can be a stressful time of the year for anyone who’s working to improve their health and lose weight,” said Director of Nutrition Services Carly R. Draper, RD, CDN, CDE. “A Weigh of Life empowers participants to develop healthy habits and prepares them for lasting success. This is a great opportunity to gain new tools before an often stressful time of the year.”

Draper is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator and will lead the fall program. Classes typically run an hour and are held weekly through Dec. 18.

Each session features an interactive lesson, food diary review, a weigh-in, and an opportunity to ask and receive feedback and coaching from a supportive instructor. The course includes a wide range of topics aimed at helping participants succeed in making a lasting lifestyle change.

During the 12-week program, participants will learn, among other topics: Steps to successful weight management; What fad diets are and why they don’t work; How to manage portions and read nutrition labels; Tools to overcome obstacles; The connection between food and mood; The power of positive thinking; How to control your weight without being hungry; Healthy ways to boost physical activity; The benefits of vegetarian proteins; How to eat healthy without breaking the bank; Tips to dine out sensibly; Smartly navigate the grocery store; Ways to maintain motivation and set reasonable goals.

Course registration is $60, or $5 per class — less than the cost of a typical meal at a fast-food restaurant. Some insurance providers cover weight-loss programs; contact them for details about policy benefits. The course fee is due in full at the first class meeting.

How to Register

Interested participants may register online at or email Call 315-493-1000 and ask for the Nutrition Department to learn more or to register by phone. The deadline to register is noon, Monday, Oct. 2; space is limited.

Carthage Area Hospital’s Nutrition Services Team

Carthage Hospital’s team of Registered Dietitians guide patients in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They offer a personalized approach to meet individual nutrition needs and create eating plans that are easy to follow and monitor.

The hospital’s dietitians are food and nutrition experts who provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education for a wide range of medical conditions, including: diabetes, weight management, obesity, eating disorders, food allergies and nutritional support among others.

Registered Dietitians are available to meet patients at the hospital’s main campus, 1001 West St., as well as in outpatient clinics by appointment. Call 315-493-1000, ext.5468, 5470 or 5589 to schedule an appointment.

About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, physical therapy and behavioral health. Visit to learn more.