Our Programs

The Structure House is a residential weight loss facility that is located in Durham, North Carolina. At our facility, we offer a unique approach to weight management and lifestyle change. We strive to consistently integrate principles of nutrition, exercise, and psychology to help our clients adopt behaviors that will contribute to a healthier and more satisfying way of living. Founded in 1977 by clinical psychologist Gerard J. Musante, Ph.D., Structure House has changed the lives of over 30,000 people worldwide. Overall, our clients have shed 636,000 pounds.

Structure House stands out from other weight loss program in that we give our clients much more than a food plan and an exercise routine. We acknowledge that most of our clients know how to lose weight; however, they have struggled with implementing these healthy behaviors on a regular basis and into their lifestyles. The experts at Structure House assist clients is exploring why they have developed unhealthy patterns, and then guide them in developing new ways to think and act that will lead to weight loss and other lifestyle improvements.

Structure House Programs

At Structure House, we offer a 4-week Core Program that can be enhanced with several additional auxiliary services to help each client personalize his or her experience. These services include the following:

  • Diabetes Management
  • Bridge Program for Binge Eating and Emotional Eating
  • Aftercare support via telephone and web-based programs
  • Post-Bariatric Surgery
  • Career Counseling
  • Behavioral Pain Coping Skills Training
  • Family Support Training
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Life Goals Therapy

The weight loss programs at Structure House are designed with YOU in mind. We know that each individual comes to us with specific weight loss and health goals, and we have designed several programs to help our guests focus on those goals during their time with us.

On this page you will find information about our Foundations Program as well as our specialized tracks. The overarching mission of the Foundations Program is to provide you with the insight and skill to live a long and healthy life without the barriers of obesity and obesity related conditions.

Some participants choose to add specialized tracks to their program that use the latest science to target diabetes and/or binge eating. Other participants have either considered or completed bariatric surgery. Our experience has been that most people attending Structure House realize that surgery is unnecessary following a course of treatment but we are here to support you before or after surgery if that is the best option for your unique needs.

If you are looking for information about one of our specialized weight loss programs, click one of the links below:

The Structure House Foundations Program

Whether returning to a healthy weight means you need to lose 20 or 100+ pounds, our Foundations Program will help get you there. Not only will you lose a significant amount of weight while you are with us, you will learn everything you need in order to continue losing weight at home.

This four-week intensive program includes a schedule of behavioral workshops, exercise, and nutrition classes. Emphasizing a medically-sound approach to healthy eating, Structure House provides individual nutrition counseling, menu planning for home, private cooking lessons, restaurant outings, supermarket tours, and weekly cooking demonstrations.

Helping you learn how to change the way you think, act, react, feel, and live is at the heart of our education-based program. We go well beyond the typical format you would expect at a weight loss program – teaching you essential skills such as shopping for and preparing healthy foods, ordering nutritious options in restaurants, and finding solutions for managing the stressors in your life.

Many newcomers have described their Structure House experience as college-like, prompting us to begin referring to our Foundations Program as the “School for Change.” At this School for Change®, you can experience more than sixty weekly classes, workshops, individual meetings, and group outings, covering four key areas: Behavior, Nutrition, Fitness, and Physical Medicine. You can discard negative habits and learn new behaviors for permanent lifestyle change. Experienced staff members who hold doctoral and master-level degrees will instruct and encourage you. With your fellow students, you discover the basics of good nutrition in classes and in the dining room.

The weight loss programs at Structure House are designed with YOU in mind. We know that each individual comes to us with specific weight loss and health goals, and we have designed several programs to help our guests focus on those goals during their time with us.

On this page you will find information about our Foundations Program as well as our specialized tracks. The overarching mission of the Foundations Program is to provide you with the insight and skill to live a long and healthy life without the barriers of obesity and obesity related conditions.

Some participants choose to add specialized tracks to their program that use the latest science to target diabetes and/or binge eating. Other participants have either considered or completed bariatric surgery. Our experience has been that most people attending Structure House realize that surgery is unnecessary following a course of treatment but we are here to support you before or after surgery if that is the best option for your unique needs.

To find out more about what you can expect from the Foundations Program at Structure House, follow these links:

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