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Weight management program created by HMR and offered at Marshfield Clinic named Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet by U.S. News & World Report

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

The HMR Weight Management Program (HMR) which is offered at Marshfield Clinic's Wausau and Minocqua centers, has been named a No. 1 Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet in U.S. News & World Report's Best Diets of 2019 rankings. This marks the fourth year in a row that HMR has achieved this ranking.

The HMR Program focuses on helping people lose weight quickly while teaching healthy lifestyle skills needed for long-term weight management. Marshfield Clinic offers the HMR Program for community members in the Minocqua and Wausau areas interested in managing weight.

"Losing weight quickly is incredibly motivating. It can help people stick with their diet longer, which is especially important if you have a lot of weight to lose," said Kelly Murphy, a registered nurse and nutrition educator at Marshfield Clinic Wausau Center. "Many of our clients have 30, 40, sometimes 100 or more pounds to lose, so fast weight loss is important to keep up momentum."

According to Renee Trapp, nutrition educator at Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center, HMR's program excels at providing the jump start many people need when beginning a healthier lifestyle program.

"It's a common misconception that fast weight loss isn't healthy or sustainable, and that it will lead to weight regain," Trapp said. "Studies have shown that following a lifestyle-change program that promotes fast initial weight loss is associated with better long-term success."

During the ranking process, reporters and editors from U.S. News & World Report created in-depth profiles of 41 diets. A panel of nationally recognized experts on diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease rated the diets on their effectiveness.


  • Clinic results (in-person): Average weight loss for the Decision-Free® plan is 43-66 lbs. and 28-37.5 lbs. for the Healthy Solutions® plan, based on research studies conducted in people who completed between 12-26 weeks.
  • At-home results: Average weight loss for the Healthy Solutions at Home® program with phone coaching is 23 lbs. at 12 weeks and 28 lbs. at 26 weeks for those who completed the program.

Now available as a digital plan, people have the option to lose weight in person, or on their own with the support of a free HMR mobile app.

For information call Marshfield Clinic'​s HMR program in Minocqua at 715-358-1036, or Wausau at 715-847-3882.

Marshfield Clinic Health System

Marshfield Clinic Health System is a $2.4 billion integrated health system serving Wisconsin with about 10,000 employees including over 1,200 providers comprising 86 specialties, health plan, and research and education programs. Primary operations include Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield Medical Center hospitals in Marshfield, Eau Claire, Rice Lake, Neillsville and Ladysmith, Marshfield Children's Hospital, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Security Health Plan and Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation. 

HMR Weight Management Services (HMR)

HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) is a subsidiary of Merck specializing in weight loss and weight management. HMR programs, available in person or at home, offer lifestyle education, a structured diet and an emphasis on long-term weight and health management.

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