Here are some FAQs that might answer questions you may have.
Will insurance cover Jenny Craig services?
Some health insurance companies and employers offer discounts for Jenny Craig services as part of a wellness benefit. In addition, some patients can benefit from FSA, HSA and HRA programs to pay for the services with pre-tax dollars.
Will my patients be seen by health professionals at Jenny Craig?
As a non-medically supervised program, Jenny Craig is focused on delivering lifestyle change strategies. The consultants who counsel our members are trained to implement the program as designed by our Registered Dietitians, utilizing a behavior modification approach. They will direct your patients to you for ongoing medical information or management.
Why should I trust my patients to Jenny Craig?
Our evidence-based programs are designed by Registered Dietitians with the guidance of an esteemed Medical Advisory Board, reflecting the guidelines of major health organizations and validated by peer-reviewed research.
Are there any contraindications for Jenny Craig enrollment?
At Jenny Craig, your patient’s health is our priority. For this reason, individuals may not enroll on the Program if they:
- Have serious allergies to any food ingredients
- Have or have been treated for celiac disease
- Have ESRD and are being treated with hemodialysis
- Are currently being treated for anorexia/bulimia
- Are pregnant/less than 6 weeks post-partum
- Are an adolescent (13–17 years old) with any health condition except asthma/seasonal allergies
- Require certain special diets (gluten-free, vegan, kosher, halal)
- Have been instructed to avoid gluten
In addition, breastfeeding women will be referred to you for supplementation to ensure an intake of 100% of the Daily Value for vitamins and minerals.
Are Jenny Craig’s low-calorie foods nutritionally sound?
Developed by Registered Dietitians, our menus are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans published in 2010 and the Dietary Reference Intakes issued by the Institute of Medicine in 2006. The average nutritional composition of the menus is 45-60% carbohydrate, 20-30% fat, and 20-30% protein calories. Weight loss menus range between 1200 and 2300 calories and are individualized and designed to result in an average weekly weight loss of 1-2 pounds or 1% of current weight.
Are the menus low in sodium?
Our menus provide a range of 2-4 grams sodium, 2-5 grams potassium, 100-200 mgs cholesterol and 20-40 grams fiber.
Is the program appropriate for people with diabetes?
The program is in conformance with the American Diabetes Association’s 2011 Clinical Practice Recommendations. It is appropriate for individuals with diabetes on insulin who are followed closely by their physician and have their permission for enrollment.
Are Jenny Craig members limited to eating Jenny Craig foods?
No. The menus combine the Jenny Craig meal replacements with fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, unsaturated fats and low-fat dairy. As a complement to portion control, the nutrition component emphasizes low calorie density choices, utilizing the Volumetrics® Approach, a set of satiety-enhancing techniques that are based on the widely published research of Barbara Rolls, PhD, professor of nutritional sciences at The Pennsylvania State University.
How is physical activity integrated into the program?
As physical activity is one of the key success factors for maintenance of weight loss, it is a foundational element of the program. Jenny Craig takes a stage-based approach, utilizing individualized behavioral strategies to help our members build an active lifestyle. Members are encouraged to build up to 30 minutes of activity on five or more days per week, with a goal of reaching 60 minutes of activity per day for weight maintenance.
Individuals with health conditions such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease, or who are taking prescription medications are advised to consult their physician regarding their ability to participate in moderate lifestyle-based activity.
Does Jenny Craig account for the fact that significant weight reduction may warrant adjustment of medication regimens?
Throughout their program, we encourage members to consult with their health care provider regarding their weight and activity goals, health conditions and the need for any adjustments in medications secondary to calorie restriction, weight loss, or a change in health status.