How is HMR different from other diet programs?


The biggest difference between the HMR program and other diets is the results that HMR produces. The HMR Program has the best published weight-loss data of any ongoing weight-loss program. As a result, it is the No. 1 program used by physicians in major medical centers throughout the United States. The program is based on over 30 years of research and testing and is staffed by highly trained healthcare professionals, so we can give you the highest quality support. We help you lose weight AND focus on the skills that can help you keep the weight off long-term.

How does the HMR Program work?


The goal of the program is to help you incorporate simple lifestyle changes to lose weight and keep it off for a lifetime of better health. The diet options are highly structured to make it easier for you to lose weight. The diets use HMR weight-loss foods in place of regular meals and snacks. Research shows that structured diets using meal replacements are the most successful for weight loss and long-term weight maintenance. Trained HMR professionals provide practical support through weekly group sessions and individual phone contact.

What are HMR weight-loss foods?


HMR weight-loss foods are healthy and delicious “fast” food. Our line of foods includes packaged entrées, such as Vegetable Beef Stew, Turkey Chili, and even vegetarian options like Mushroom Risotto or Mac & Cheese with Butternut Squash.  Additionally, shakes (lactose-free available), puddings, soup, multigrain cereal and nutrition bars are available. All HMR weight-loss foods are low-calorie, high-nutrition, and portion-controlled to support your weight-loss goals.

How will this program help me keep off the weight once I lose it?


Long-term weight management can sometimes be the most difficult part of weight loss. We have two phases of the program. Phase 1, weight-loss, will help you reach your weight-loss goal as quickly as possible. In Phase 2, maintenance, we will help you learn about healthy foods and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle so you can keep your weight off.

How much does the program cost?


The cost of the HMR Weight Management Program is dependent on numerous factors, number one being whether you choose to participate in-clinic or at-home. The basic cost of the program regardless of which route you choose is $100/week for the HMR Meal Replacement products that make up the nutritional core of the diet. This cost is in place of other foods and dining out, and many people find they actually save money on food while in the program.  

For the in-clinic program, costs for medical supervision and weekly classes varies and will be discussed/determined during an information session. For the HMR At-Home Program, HMR product is delivered directly to your doorstep and phone support is available and included at no cost to participants.

Do you have to meet any criteria for the HMR Weight Management Program? 


There is no specific criteria required to enroll in the HMR Program at HSHS St. Anthony's.

How do I join the HMR Weight Management Program offered by HSHS St. Anthony's? 


To join the program, you can sign up for an information session by calling 217-540-2336 and one of our staff members would be happy to assist you in getting scheduled.  Information sessions are held on various days and times in both the Altamont and Effingham locations.

How do I find out more about the HMR program as an HSHS employee?  

The best way to learn about the program is to come in for one of the FREE, no obligation information sessions.

Is a referral required for the HMR Weight Management Program?  


Referrals are not required to attend one of the FREE, no obligation information sessions, however, if you choose to enroll in one of the in-clinic programs we do require a referral from your primary care physician.  You may request the referral yourself or we would be happy to assist in obtaining the referral on your behalf.  All referrals can be faxed to 217-522-7437.

Does insurance cover the cost of the program? 


Insurance coverage varies by provider and policy. Many insurance companies provide assistance in covering the cost of any required medical visits, labs, and weekly meetings with our Registered Dietitians. The meal replacements utilized by the program are not eligible for coverage (exceptions do apply). If you are curious whether or not your insurance plan would cover the HMR Weight Management Program, please contact our office via phone (217-540-2336) or email and we can provide you with a list of questions to get the right answers.