Weight Management

To sign up for one of the wellness seminars or support groups in BlueCross BlueShield of WNY’s Weight Management Program, or for more information, just call the number listed below.

Barbara Bowen of Buffalo:
The Weight is Over
(716) 601-5680

Mt. St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center of Lewiston:
(716) 297-4800
(716) 278-8131

Surgical Weight Loss Support Group
(716) 297-4800

Nutri Perx of Dunkirk:
Choose to Lose
(716) 366-1012

Olean General Hospital of Olean:
On Your Weigh to Good Health
(716) 375-6156

Westfield Memorial Hospital of Westfield:
The Weigh to a Healthier You
(716) 793-2222

We are dedicated to helping you be as healthy as possible. Here are the resources - now it is up to you to choose your own way to wellness. 

Educational programs range from one session to multiple sessions over several weeks. Typical information includes:

  • Basic nutrition
  • Behavior modification
  • Psychological issues
  • Physical activity programs
  • Stress identification
  • Helpful hints
  • Group support and discussion

  • Avoid prolonged fasting and diet programs that severely restrict caloric intake and can be medically dangerous.
  • Fasting and diet programs result in the loss of large amounts of critical body tissue and minerals, with minimal amounts of fat loss. Diets should be avoided.
  • Mild calorie restriction (500-1000 calories) results in less loss of critical body tissue and is less likely to cause malnutrition.
  • Dynamic exercise of large muscles helps to maintain fat-free tissue including muscle mass and bone density, and results in loss of body weight. Weight loss from increased activity is primarily in the form of fat.
  • A nutritionally sound diet resulting in mild calorie restriction, an endurance exercise program and lifestyle modification of existing eating habits is recommended for weight reduction. The rate of sustained weight loss should not exceed 1-2 pounds per week.
  • To maintain proper weight control and optimal body fat levels, a lifetime commitment to proper eating habits and regular physical activity is required.


  • Eat a little less
  • Exercise more
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Moderation is safe, the extremes are dangerous
  • 1-2 pound fat loss per week is the maximum

American Dietetic Association


Shape Up America

US Food & Drug Administration

Weight-Control Information Network