Iredell Healthy Weight Loss

Iredell Healthy Weight

So, what does it involve?

Iredell Healthy Weight, led by Yvette Pellegrino, MD, FAAFP, is a comprehensive, individualized approach to weight loss that incorporates all components needed for a healthy lifestyle: nutrition, physical activity and behavior change.

The program takes patients on a weight loss journey that focuses on living a healthy lifestyle by utilizing a variety of program facilitators who are dedicated to helping patients achieve their goals and avoid the all too common disappointment of fad diets and over-the-counter supplements. Iredell Healthy Weight is a safe, effective program that uses a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including Dr. Pellegrino, a physician assistant, wellness nurses, certified diabetes educator, registered dietician, exercise physiologist and a social worker/counselor, to enhance success in the program.

“This program is different,” said Pellegrino. “It is not a short-term plan. It is not a fad diet. It is not easy. It is a 6-month educational experience to transform your life. If you are ready to commit to change, we are ready to get you there.”

The program starts with a consultation with Dr. Pellegrino or a physician's assistant. At that appointment, participants discuss goals, review the program and determine if it is a good fit. Once an individual commits to the program, laboratory tests will be ordered, and there may be
some additional questionnaires to complete to help facilitators individualize a plan. Participants will then meet again with the physician to develop an actual treatment plan. Once a treatment plan has been created, participants meet with Dr. Pellegrino monthly. Additionally, participants meet with a team member every one to two weeks for further education.

For Pellegrino, who is American Board of Obesity Medicine eligible, Iredell Healthy Weight is more than just about helping individuals finally take off those hard-to-lose pounds. It’s about ending a nationwide epidemic.

“I wanted to start this program because obesity has become an epidemic in our country,” said Pellegrino. “It is a disease that is destroying us and it needs to be recognized as a disease and successfully treated. America has the highest obesity population percentage