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‘Weigh of Life’ Weight Management, Healthy Lifestyles Program Enrolling Participants for Spring Session

12-Week Course Focuses on Healthy Behaviors, Starts April 17 at Main Campus

Spring into wellness this season with Carthage Area Hospital’s “Weigh of Life” weight-management and healthy lifestyle program.

Carthage Area Hospital’s Nutrition Services team will lead participants through a 12-week program that begins Tuesday, April 17, at 5 p.m. at the hospital’s main campus, 1001 West St., Carthage. Carly R. Draper, RD, CDN, CDE, the hospital’s director of Nutrition Services, will lead the spring program. Most classes last an hour and are held weekly through Tuesday, July 3.

“Now that the holiday season has passed and winter continues to fade, many people struggle to get back on track, especially in time for summer,” Draper said. “This program empowers participants with effective, evidence-based tools for successful weight management in an interactive, respectful environment.”

Draper is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist, and Certified Diabetes Educator who has several years of experience helping people succeed with weight management.

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

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.

Interested participants may register online at or email Carly Draper at Call 315-493-1000 and ask for Nutrition Services to register by phone or learn more. Registration deadline is noon, Friday, April 13; 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, pre-diabetes, weight management, obesity, eating disorders, food allergies and clinical 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, and ask for Nutrition Services 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 formed a clinical affiliation with Crouse Health, Syracuse, in 2017.

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, neurosurgical care, physical therapy and behavioral health.