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Meal Replacement Program for Weight Management

The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City offers an evidence-based weight-management meal replacement program. Participants in this program lose at least 10% of their body weight in 10 weeks.

Schedule a program orientation at 913-945-8184. You may also email us directly at

What is the weight-management meal replacement program?

At The University of Kansas Health System, we can address your dietary needs with specific meal replacement plans, offered through the University of Kansas Medical Center. As part of the program, participants also get exercise recommendations, behavioral counseling and weight-management medication, if needed.

Everyone receives a complimentary group program consultation before starting. Program orientation is offered at locations throughout the Greater Kansas City area or online. After orientation, program participants enroll for their weight-management phase 1 services, including meal replacement. Program participants can expect to lose at least 10% of their weight in 10 weeks.

At least 75% of our program graduates maintain 5% of their weight loss several years after program completion. This is a clinically significant amount of weight loss that will improve overall health, quality of life and will diminish the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and others.

Following our weight-loss care plan – or as an initial plan – participants can get weight maintenance services, also called phase 2 services.

Who should consider weight loss with the meal replacement program?

The meal replacement program has been shown to support weight loss and weight maintenance strategies for those diagnosed with a variety of health conditions, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Joint pain
  • Obesity (BMI of 30 or greater)
  • Overweight (BMI 25 to 29.9)
  • Pulmonary (breathing) disorders

The program is also ideal for participants who have a previous failed experience with commercially available diet or fitness programs, and those who need to lose weight before having a surgical procedure done.

Weight management patient Lynn Fender

Lynn Fender

With the help of a clinical weight-loss program in Kansas City at The University of Kansas Health System, Lynn Fender lost 100 pounds.

Read Lynn’s story

How much does the meal replacement program cost?

A typical 6-month meal replacement program is offered for an investment of $484*. This cost is not covered by medical insurance. The University of Kansas Medical Center, The University of Kansas Health System and the University of Kansas employees are offered the program at a discounted price.

Clinical visits for medical monitoring and nutrition counseling are covered by most traditional commercial insurance and Medicare plans.

*Prices are subject to change. Participants should anticipate additional out-of-pocket food costs, similar to what they already spend on groceries. Additional exclusions may apply.

Why use our meal replacement program?

As an academic medical center, research drives our weight-management program and enhances consistent longstanding success. Learn more about ongoing research projects at the University of Kansas Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management (CPAWM).

The University of Kansas Hospital is the No. 1 hospital in Kansas and Kansas City as ranked by US News & World Report, providing comprehensive care for weight management by multiple physicians board-certified in obesity medicine.

Our locations

Our team generally works out of Kirmayer Fitness Center in Kansas City, Kansas, on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus. However, we will temporarily relocate to the Indian Creek Medical Pavilion at 10790 Nall Ave. in Overland Park, Kansas, in mid-September to allow for renovations at Kirmayer.

Virtual consultations are also available.

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