Baptist Health Only Hospital In State To Offer Weight-Loss Program Ranked Number Two In U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets of 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – U.S. News & World Report announced last week that the weight-loss program offered at Baptist Health and created by HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) has been named the No. 2 Best Weight-Loss Diet of 2015. The ranking was based on both short and long-term HMR weight-loss ratings.

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 and safety and the potential to prevent and manage diabetes and heart disease.

During the ranking process, reporters and editors from U.S. News & World Report 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.

Established in 2006, the Baptist Health Weight Loss Program has utilized three different HMR programs to help more than 1,500 clients lose over 45,000 lbs. collectively during the past nine years. This program is offered on campuses in both Little Rock and North Little Rock.

“We’re extremely pleased that HMR’s weight-loss program has been recognized nationally as one of the most effective diets for weight loss,” said Stacy Warren, program leader for Baptist Health’s weight-loss program. “Not only is the program highly successful for losing weight, but many of our patients who have high blood pressure and diabetes see a drastic improvement in their health, which often leads to a decrease in the need for medications for those conditions.”

Baptist Health is the only hospital in Arkansas that offers the HMR program. Research shows that clinic patients (a mix of participants in HMR Decision-Free and Healthy Solutions) with a BMI of 40 or greater who participate in the program for at least 12 weeks, experience average weight loss of 47 lbs.

With more than 175 points of access, including eight hospitals, Baptist Health is the state’s most comprehensive healthcare system committed to delivering “All Our Best” to Arkansans. To learn more about Baptist Health’s weight-loss programs, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST.