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LifeSteps® Weight Management

Each LifeSteps® participant develops a personalized eating and physical activity plan over the program’s 14 weeks, which incorporates small changes that add up to big changes for a lifetime!

How LifeSteps® is Unique

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Program – The focus is on behavior change, not a diet.
  • High Retention Rate – Participants stick with the program because it increases their confidence and sets them up for success.
  • One Step at a Time – Learning and skill building is gradual. Concepts start with the basics and progress to more complex over 14 weeks. Participants are not overwhelmed with a lot of information at once.

2024 Class Schedule

January 2024

Day/Time: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Free Info Sessions: January 10 and 17

Class Starts: January 31
Class Ends: May 1

March 2024

Day/Time: Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Free Info Sessions: March 5 and 12

Class Starts: March 26
Class Ends: June 25

September 2024

Day/Time: Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Free Info Sessions: August 20 and 27

Class Starts: September 10
Class Ends: December 10

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Reboot Program

Already completed the Lifesteps Program and need to recharge your motivation or refresh your skills on your weight loss journey? Join us for the REBOOT program, which meets once a month to provide some extra accountability and group support so you can meet your health goals! The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Healthpark classrooms A & B. There is a one-time fee of $25. Space is limited so please register online if you would like to attend!


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Owensboro, KY 42301

14 “Steps” Week-by-Week Overview

5 Key Components

  1. Nutrition
  2. Physical Activity
  3. Behavior Modification
  4. Small-Group Support
  5. Personal Lifestyle Change

Each weekly session, or “Step,” introduces a new concept and key behavior for weight loss. Sessions are highly interactive and incorporate group discussion, role-play, problem-solving and more. Each session provides a “road map” for content delivery, including the following:

  • Key behavior and concept review: Why They Help with Weight Loss
  • Self-assessment: Where Are You Now?
  • Hands-on practice: Activity That Reinforces Concepts Introduced
  • Action planning: Nutrition and Physical Activity Behaviors

The Steps

Pre-Program Sessions: Orientation Session & Initial Interview

These two sessions are a win for you and win for your participants. Participants who attend both these sessions are more likely to stick with the program and lose weight.

  • Group Orientation Session – Individuals who are interested in LifeSteps® learn about what’s involved and decide if they are ready to make lifestyle changes that will lead to weight loss.
  • One-on-One Initial Interview – This interview helps you determine whether the client is ready to embark on a lifestyle change journey. Using motivational interviewing, you assess:
    • Health status and weight history
    • Readiness for change
    • Willingness to do required activities, including daily food tracking and regular physical activity

Steps 1-5: Learning The Basics

Knowledge is key to successful behavior change. Learning the basics of nutrition and physical activity sets the foundation for creating a personal plan for lifestyle change.

  • Step 1: Monitoring – Learn the importance of monitoring in weight management and how to keep a Food and Activity Record.
  • Step 2: Physical Activity – Learn the importance of physical activity and make a plan for increasing activity levels.
  • Step 3: Guide to Daily Food Choices – Learn the importance of eating a variety of foods from the Five Food Groups and develop a healthy eating plan based on the MyPlate recommendations.
  • Step 4: Serving Size – Learn how to weigh and measure food and develop an eye for standard serving sizes.
  • Step 5: The Calorie Connection – Learn where calories fit in the weight management picture and identify ways to cut calories.

Steps 6-8: Individualized Action Planning

Participants’ lifestyles are all different. These three “Steps” help them identify and prioritize nutrition, activity and behavior changes that meet their needs.

  • Step 6: Putting It All Together – Develop a personal plan for reducing calories by decreasing food intake, increasing physical activity or both based on the information learned in the first five “Steps” and individual lifestyle goals.
  • Step 7: Mid-Program Interview – One-on-one interview based on motivational interviewing to evaluate progress and provide feedback.
  • Step 8: Eating Styles – Identify eating styles that lead to overeating and discuss hunger and satiety.

Steps 9-13: Managing Lapses: Emotional, Environmental Issues & Eating

Lapses can be small or large. What’s important for successful behavior change is how they are managed to stay on track for reaching weight loss goals.

  • Step 9: Managing Lapses, Dealing with Your Environment – Learn what constitutes a “lapse” and how environmental cues, such as the availability and visibility of food, affect how much we eat and strategies for eliminating or decreasing them.
  • Step 10: Managing Lapses, Dealing with Social Events – Identify personal, high-risk social situations and develop strategies for managing them.
  • Step 11: Managing Lapses, Dealing with Feelings – Identify how feelings affect eating behavior and develop plans for handling a variety of situations.
  • Step 12: Managing Lapses, Dealing with Other People – Develop strategies for dealing with people who overtly or unconsciously encourage eating and identify steps for soliciting support.
  • Step 13: Managing Lapses, Eating Out– Plan strategies for staying on track while eating away from home in a variety of settings.

Steps 14: Preparing For The Future

  • Step 14: Staying in Step – Reflect on your LifeSteps experience, learn a six-step process for maintaining behavior changes established during the program, and set goals for the future.

Maintenance Sessions

LifeSteps® includes 11 additional Maintenance Sessions that you can use to offer continued support after your LifeSteps® Program ends. These sessions extend the program’s 16 core steps and provide additional support, skill building and practice.

Maintenance Session Topics

  1. Learning to Anticipate High-Risk Situations
  2. Handling Cravings
  3. Keeping a Thought Journal
  4. Creating Positive Affirmations
  5. Managing Stress
  6. Setting Up Your Own Lapse
  7. Enlisting Support
  8. Picking Effective Rewards
  9. Developing a Reward Contract
  10. Developing Menus
  11. Modifying Recipes

Evidence Based

LifeSteps® is grounded in sound science and reflects current dietary, physical activity and weight management guidelines, including:

LifeSteps® also reflects the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for weight management and the American Diabetes Association for diabetes management.

Contact Us

For more information and to make a reservation to attend one of our FREE information sessions, call 270-688-4804 or email us at