Weight loss

It’s no secret that being overweight increases one’s incidence of developing serious medical conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease and stroke, to name a few. In addition to these potential medical consequences, excess weight can diminish self-esteem, restrict activities and reduce quality of life.

Most diet programs offer quick fixes that don’t last, rather than long-range strategies that help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The Duke Health and Fitness Center is focused on professional knowledge and the personal support needed for short-term and long-term success. Our programs provides you with a realistic plan that can result in:

  • Improved health and fitness
  • Increased energy
  • Prevention/control of non-insulin resistant diabetes
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Improved stamina
  • Healthy, sustainable weight loss
  • Greater sense of well-being and enhanced self-esteem
  • Stress relief

Getting on Track - Begins Thursday, September 15

Getting on Track is your first step toward weight management and lifestyle change. Our nutrition, exercise, and behavioral health experts work with you to eliminate the typical frustration, confusion and deprivation that often accompany weight loss attempts.

This 8-week program features seven interactive nutrition, exercise and behavioral change classes, with individualized nutrition and exercise prescriptions. The final accountability session serves to apply knowledge acquired through Getting on Track to your continued weight management. After program completion, you may continue to participate in accountability sessions through Staying on Track to further support your personal progress. 

Getting on Track meets Thursday evenings from 6:15 - 8:00pm. Participants are encouraged to exercise in Duke Health and Fitness Center from 5:15 - 6:15pm prior to each class. This time is also an excellent opportunity to discuss your progress in the program with our staff.

Our Staff

Kara Mitchell, MS, RDN/LDN, ACSM-RCEP, CDE — Registered Dietitian, Duke Health and Fitness Center
Michelle Mosberger, MS, ACSM-RCEP Exercise Physiologist, Duke Health and Fitness Center
Julia Kaplinska, PhD — Clinical Associate, Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program. Julia has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and provides the behavioral health component of GOT.

Program Fees

  • $370 (Duke employees and DHFC members receive an additional 10% discount)
  • A three-installment payment plan is available

Additional discounts: add an 8-week DHFC membership for only $136 OR join DHFC for any length of time while enrolled in Getting on Track and save 50% off your initiation fee.

Weight Loss Consults -- available year-round

We know people live busy lives and may not be able to take advantage of our full 8-week weight loss program, Getting on Track. Our Weight Loss Consults are available specifically for these individuals, all year, for your convenience.

The same Getting on Track Staff provides professional expertise and guidance to you in a private setting. Mix and match the following appointments to meet your weight loss needs:

  • 50-minute consultation with a registered dietitian
  • 50-minute consultation with an exercise physiologist
  • 50-minute consultation with a psychologist


Both nutrition and behavior consultations will be processed through health insurance. Exercise consultations are $73 for an hour consultation. DHFC members receive a 10% discount on this exercise consult.

To schedule an appointment, please call 919-660-6818 or email Kara.Mitchell@duke.edu.

Staying on Track Support Group

Weight loss program graduates can choose to attend our weekly weight loss support groups for weight check-ins, progress reviews, problem solving and motivation, and interactive discussions on client-suggested topics, such as long-term challenges and strategies for weight maintenance.