Mayo Clinic Diet Program

The Mayo Clinic Diet Program is an interactive weight management group class designed for adults with an elevated Body Mass Index (BMI). 


The Mayo Clinic Diet Program is:

  • Based on the New York Times bestseller, The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat well. Enjoy life. Lose weight
  • A 12-week class providing information on weight loss, nutrition, physical activity, and other healthy lifestyle behaviors
  • Facilitated by a registered dietitian with an exercise physiologist and psychology counselor (PhD) as guest speakers.
  • Presented in a group setting to promote an environment of sharing and support

Participants also receive:

  • The Mayo Clinic Diet Journal ($16.95 value)
  • The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat well. Enjoy life. Lose weight. Hardcover book. ($27.95 value)
  • Pre-program and post-program biometric screening which includes a detailed body composition analysis ($50 value)
  • Individual 30-minute session with dietitian ($50 value)

Remaining Program Dates for 2020

  • March 19 to June 4 (Thursdays)
    La Crosse Campus, Hospital Building, Lang Conference Room
    Weigh In: 4:45-5 p.m.
    Class Times: 5-6:15p.m.
  • September 22 to December 8 (Tuesdays)
    La Crosse Campus, Hospital Building, Lang Conference Room
    Weigh In:  3:45-4 p.m.
    Class Times:  4-5:15p.m.


Biometric Screening Provided

A pre-program and post-program biometric screening is included. This screening includes measuring height, weight, waist circumference, and a detailed Tanita body composition analysis (BCA). The BCA indicates muscle mass and fat levels for the trunk and each limb, a more specific reading which helps track changes over the program duration. Because the body composition analyzer sends a mild electric current through the body, DO NOT use if you have an implanted electrical device such as a pacemaker.

Individual Session with Dietitian

Each participant will be able to schedule a 30-minute individual session with the registered dietitian at an interval of their choosing during the 12-week program.  The dietitian will communicate scheduling options at the beginning of the program.  Additional individual sessions are available for a fee.

Restricted from Participation

  • Participants under 18 years old
  • Participants who are pregnant or breastfeeding less than 12 weeks
  • Participants that are currently exhibiting signs of or are being treated for an eating disorder

Medical Clearance

Before participating in the program, you are strongly encouraged to seek medical clearance from your primary care provider, especially if you have a medical condition as there is NO medical monitoring in this program. Medical clearance will be necessary if indicated by the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) form, which participants will be required to fill out at the first class.

Conduct and Confidentiality

Participants are asked to arrive to class a few minutes early, be active learners, listen respectfully to the facilitator and other participants, use discussion time to ask questions, keep information shared by others confidential, and most importantly, have fun while losing weight!

If at any time the Mayo Clinic staff feels it is in the participant’s best interest, the participant may be discharged from the program.

By choosing to participate in The Mayo Clinic Diet Program, your biometric data will be available to Mayo Clinic Health System Clinical Nutrition personnel for program evaluation and research purposes only. No individual data will be shared or reported to anyone outside of the clinical nutrition department, only group data will be shared and reported.

Withdrawal and Cancellation Policy

If a situation arises after you have registered in which you will not be able to attend the class, please call 608-392-7824 as soon as possible. Full refunds will be provided if notice is received at least five business days prior to class start. All requests will be refunded in the following manner:

  • Withdrawal before the third education class: Fee will be refunded at 40 percent
  • Withdrawal before the fifth education class: Fee will be refunded at 25 percent
  • No refunds will be issued after the fifth education class.

We reserve the right to cancel the class due to low registration. If the program is cancelled, participants will be notified 3 business days in advance of the first scheduled class and a full refund will be issued. If a class needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather, participants will be contacted. An additional class will be added at the end of the program.