RediClinic's Weigh Forward weight/lifestyle management program has been certified by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) as meeting evidence-based standards for healthy weight loss.

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RediClinic earns certification for weight loss program

May 7th, 2014

HOUSTON – RediClinic's Weigh Forward weight/lifestyle management program has been certified by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) as meeting evidence-based standards for healthy weight loss.

RediClinic, a Rite Aid Corp. subsidiary, said Wednesday that the move represented the first time in ACPM's nearly 60-year history that it certified a third-party program. It also marked the launch of the organization's new certification program. 

ACPM is a medical society representing the specialty of preventive medicine and physicians dedicated to prevention. The certification program enables organizations to apply to certify that their program meets ACPM's evidence-based standards for health promotion and weight management. Programs are reviewed for content and individual process elements, with an emphasis on health improvement. The criteria for evaluation focus on weight loss strategies, medical monitoring, weight maintenance and patient support.

Organizations that have received ACPM certification for their weight management program will be able to market the product as such to potential customers. And for the first time, consumers will also be able to seek the certification seal when gauging their options to create and support a healthy lifestyle.

"Weigh Forward is a uniquely comprehensive and effective program, and we are honored that the American College of Preventive Medicine has recognized this through its newly created certification program," RediClinic chief executive officer Web Golinkin said in a statement. "We have created a program that all health care professionals can use to help their patients achieve sustained weight loss and health gains, and we hope that ACPM's certification will assure potential licensees that our program meets the highest professional standards."

Weigh Forward encompasses a medical component, which includes an initial physical exam, lab tests at the beginning and end of the program and regular biometric monitoring; a proprietary behavior modification component, which identifies each patient's barriers to success and offers strategies for overcoming them; a diet/nutrition component, which includes five meal plans (including a diabetic plan) and more than 500 low-calorie, nutritious and easy-to-prepare recipes; and a physical activity component, which features customized fitness improvement regimens for each patient.

RediClinic has offered Weigh Forward at its retail health clinics since 2011. The program is now being licensed to other providers seeking a turnkey weight/lifestyle management solution for their practice or clinic.

The 10-week program combines 15-minute visits with a health care professional with access to a comprehensive online platform that supports the clinician and the patient. According to RediClinic, the program has proven successful in helping patients lose one to two pounds per week while significantly improving their cardio-metabolic health.

"The American College of Preventive Medicine has supported the practice of preventive medicine in many ways over the years, and recognizing third-party programs that meet quality and effectiveness standards for physicians, their patients and consumers is a new way for us to pursue this mission," stated ACPM executive director Michael Barry. "It was logical to begin our certification initiative with weight management programs, since obesity is one of the nation's most critical and challenging public health issues, and Weigh Forward went through a rigorous evaluation process to gain our certification." 

Overall, RediClinic operates 30 clinics inside H-E-B supermarkets in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Last month, Rite Aid, the nation's third-largest drug chain, announced that it has acquired RediClinic and plans to add RediClinics in Rite Aid stores. In reporting Rite Aid's fiscal 2014 results, executives said the drug chain expects to open another 70 RediClinics over the next 18 to 24 months.