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U.S. News ranks HMR program No. 2 for weight loss

​Jan. 7, 2015​

​​​​​​​​A program offered by Marshfield Clinic and created by HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) today was named the No. 2 Best Weight-Loss Diet in U.S. News & World Reports' Best Diets of 2015.

The ranking was based on both short and long-term weight-loss ratings of the HMR Program.

HMR's programs focus on integrating diet, physical activity and healthy lifestyle skills through weekly coaching. This is the first time that HMR's diet program has been included in the annual rankings list. 

HMR was evaluated against 34 other diets in categories including easiness to follow, ability to produce short and long-term weight loss, nutritional completeness, safety, and potential to prevent and manage diabetes and heart disease.

During the ranking process, U.S. News & World Report editors and reporters created in-depth profiles of each diet, and a panel of nationally recognized experts on diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease rated the diets and their effectiveness.

Marshfield Clinic has offered the HMR program since 1987 to community members who are interested in losing weight.

"We are pleased that HMR's weight-loss program, which we offer at Marshfield Clinic's Wausau and Minocqua centers, has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most effective diets for weight loss," said Mindy Arndt, a Marshfield Clinic health educator who works with the HMR program. "The program is effective at helping our patients achieve weight loss, which can result in improvement in risk factors for the development of conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The weight loss may also lead to a decrease in the need for medications for some individuals who have developed these conditions."

Nationally, the HMR program is available in hospitals and medical centers or can be used by participants at home.

Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the HMR program in supporting weight loss. Research shows 47 pounds average weight loss for a mix of HMR Decision-Free and Healthy Solutions clinic patients with a BMI of 40 or greater, who completed the program for at least 12 weeks.

For more information on HMR's inclusion in the Best Diets ranking, visit or join the conversation on Twitter using the #BestDiets hashtag.

​To learn more about Marshfield Clinic's HMR program, call the Minocqua  Center,

715-358-1036, or the Wausau Center, 715-847-3882.

​​The Marshfield Clinic system provides patient care, research and education in more than 50 locations in northern, central and western Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States.


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