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The Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management Program at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (248-858-2475) is the most advanced nutrition and lifestyle education-centered medical program of its kind in Michigan. The program was designed by nutrition and behavior modification expert Tom Rifai, MD, FACP.  Dr. Rifai is a board certified internal medicine specialist and former president of the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists.

The St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management Program is a powerful, evidence-based, non-surgical approach for those looking to control and manage their metabolic issues related to insulin resistance and being overweight. In the first 6 months over 50 hours of combined one-on-one clinical and group class time combined provides high level education and coaching on nutrition, movement/exercise and psychology based lifestyle skills. No other program provides the time St. Joe's Metabolic Program dedicates to each patient helping them to make healthy, enjoyable changes in their relationships to food, movement, positive thinking and lifestyle change.  The program is the gold standard, science-based approach to optimizing health, wellness and weight management. 

Dr. Rifai had been recognized for his leadership in metabolic nutrition and weight management by Harvard Medical School as their Lifestyle Medicine course director for "Nutrition and the Metabolic Syndrome", an online course for physicians seeking to learn how to help patients prevent type 2 diabetes. 

The goal of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's program is to provide you the best lifestyle based care and coaching to control or prevent type 2 diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, overweight and metabolic, lifestyle related issues. These include but are not limited to weight-related arthritis, fatty liver and obstructive sleep apnea. St. Joe Oakland Metabolic Program patients have commonly seen remarkable reductions in medication requirements for metabolic medical problems as a result of their lifestyle changes. During program participation, primary care doctors and other health care providers on a patient's active care team are kept informed with detailed written communications and lab results where appropriate. 

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management program professionals are fully dedicated to their patients' health and spiritual well-being. The  program may include evidence based protein rich "weight management smoothies and shakes" (preferably blended with vegetables and whole fruit) and the team prides itself on a full spectrum of food education ranging from science-based Mediterranean to DASH and Pritikin style to Vegan and Paleo. It also deals with how to apply the best and most scientific aspects of these approaches at restaurants, while traveling and grocery shopping (and patients are provided a 3 hour class on site at a local grocery store). The most effective, streamlined label reading approach is taught with respect for our busy lives and need for time efficiency. 

For more information about the program, call us at 248-858-2475.

Tom Rifai, MD, FACP is the Medical Director of the Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management program. In addition to his roles at Harvard Medical School and with the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, Rifai is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and is a Scientific Advisory Board member for world renowned Pritikin Longevity Center.