Ephrata Community Hospital

Comprehensive Weight Management Services

Phone: 717-336-6578

For a list of upcoming Weight Loss  Surgery Informational Meetings, visit the Events and Classes page.

Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, as well as orthopedic conditions.

Over 65% of Americans are overweight or obese. The obesity rate continues to rise with more than one in four Americans having a body mass index (BMI) over 30 and hundreds of thousands being considered morbidly obese with a BMI over 35.

To combat this trend, the Wellness Center provides comprehensive weight management services to meet the needs of our community. Whether you need a modest weight loss, nutritional education for a particular condition, or assistance with an ongoing struggle with severe obesity, we can help you determine which strategies will be most effective in achieving your weight management goal.

The Weight Loss Clinic

For the severely obese patient, traditional diet and exercise programs may have limited success. For these patients a physician directed program, including surgical interventions and/or medical management is a successful approach.   Learn more about the benefits.

The Weight Loss Clinic is supervised by physicians from the Central PA Surgical Associates, Ltd.  The clinic provides bariatric (weight loss) surgery and supervised medical weight loss programs. The Central PA Surgical Associates  have been providing surgical interventions since 1998 and performed over 5,000 bariatric procedures. Meet the physicians and staff at The Weight Loss Clinic.

The Weight Loss Clinic provides:

• Pre-operative consults

• Post-operative, long term medical follow-up

• Nutritional counseling

• Comprehensive, individually tailored treatment

• Supportive care with a non-judgmental attitude

• Insurance authorizations and billing assistance.

Surgical Interventions

For more information about Surgical Laparoscopic "Roux-En-Y" and Laparoscopic Banding or the "Lap Band", click here.

Medical Management

Weight loss programs are individualized for each patient utilizing nutrition, behavior modification and activity. Programs vary in length up to six months. Medications and/or supplements may be used as part of the comprehensive plan. The goal is long term weight loss and management.


Additional Weight Management Programs 

Lean Lifestyle

Lean Lifestyle is a eight-week weight management program designed to promote safe and effective weight loss for people 18 years of age and older. The program is taught by a registered dietitian and a health educator.  It includes 2 individual sessions, group classes and follow-up. Topics include changing eating behavior, discovering attitudes about food, getting and staying active, reading food labels, dining out, planning menus and balancing protein, fat and carbohydrates. The program provides education and support for a safe and effective approach to weight management.

Fit Futures

Fit Futures takes a lifestyle approach to the issue of physical inactivity and the nutritional concerns of children and adolescents. This 4-session program involves individual counseling and instruction with a registered dietitian and a health educator. It focuses on proper food choices, portion control, opportunities to promote daily  physical activity, goal setting, motivational techniques for long-term success, and ideas for family activities.

Nutritional Counseling

Private appointments are available with our registered dietitians to provide counseling to help you and your family control and lower risks for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and other nutritional concerns.