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UCLA Healthier Weight Management Webinar Series

Tuesdays, 3-4 pm via Zoom

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Past Events

October 22, 2022

Personalized Nutrition in Primary Care 2022: Nutrition in Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Survivorship

Personalized Nutrition in Primary Care 2022: Nutrition in Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Survivorship

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March 13, 2021

Personalized Nutrition and Primary Care 2021: The Essential Role of Nutrition in Immunity

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UCLA Medical Weight Management Team Complimentary Online Seminar

April 14, 2020 - THE INFLAMED BODY with Dr. Vijaya Surampudi - Slide Presentation

April 21, 2020 - ACTIVITY FOR WEIGHT LOSS with Dr. Lauren Lemieux - Slide Presentation

April 28, 2020 - EAT WELL, LIVE HEALTHY DURING COVID-19 with Dr. Zhaoping Li - Slide Presentation

May 5, 2020 - FOOD: NECESSITY, HABIT & ADDICTION with Dr. Michael Garcia - Slide Presentation

May 12, 2020 - PERSONALIZED NUTRITION with Dr. David Heber - Slide Presentation


December 7, 2019

Personalized Nutrition and Primary Care 2019


Iris Cantor Auditorium - Geffen Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, California

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January 12, 2019

Science Behind Nutrition

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November 3, 2018

Personalized Nutrition and Primary Care: Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition


NRB Auditorium - UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, California

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UCLA Center for Human Nutrition cordially invites you to: AN INSIDER'S LOOK

Human Nutrition

Last week we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition! The Center has helped thousands of patients achieve their health and weight loss goals and continues to be a leader in research, patient care, and education. Thank U for all that you do!

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September 16-19, 2017

11th Congress of the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics - Los Angeles, CA

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February 6, 2016
Your Personal Prescription for Wellness

Discuss Strategies for Weight Management that Involve both the Mind and Body. Hear and Meet the Experts


  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet from Chinese Medicine Perspective
  • Why am I not Losing Weight in the Gym?
  • Microbiome: Get Those Bugs Working for You
  • Understanding the Challenges of Sticking to Healthy Lifestyle Choices and Moving Through Them


Where: UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, Main Auditorium
1250 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

When: Saturday, February 6th, 2016 9:00 - 12:00 PM

RSVP Individual $25/Group $20 per person.

October 24, 2015
Community Presentation: Comprehensive Treatment of Obesity

About 25% of the Californians are obese. Obesity is a serious medical disease and it has surpassed tobacco as the number one cause of preventable death in this country. The UCLA Center of Obesity and METabolic Health (COMET) is organizing a community presentation to discuss the epidemics, medical, dietary and surgical management of obesity and its related morbidities. Five UCLA experts will discuss the latest treatment options and answer questions.

Organizer: The UCLA Center for Obesity and METabolic Health (COMET)


Where: The Lundring Events Center
130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, Ca 91360
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When: Saturday, Oct 24th, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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In The News

Diet for Your Diagnosis: Nutrition Plays Prime Role in Treating Cancer

UCLA Health Connect   March 2, 2022 by Chayil Champion

“Nutritional oncology is a new field that is using precision nutrition and precision oncology together to try to optimize the prevention, treatment and survivorship of cancer patients,” said David Heber, MD, PhD, founding director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.  Read more >

Eating an Avocado Daily Increases Elasticity and Firmness in Skin, Study Shows

UCLA Health Connect   January 26, 2022 by Chayil Champion

In a recent study conducted through a collaboration at the UCLA Center for Human NutritionDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, avocado consumption was shown to increase skin elasticity and firmness. Read more >

What You Need To Know About Processed Foods - and Why It Is So Hard To Quit Them

UCLA Health Connect   December 22, 2021 by Chayil Champion

Michael Garcia, MD, a nutrition specialist at UCLA Health, said if people understand what processed foods are, they can make better decisions for their health. . Read more >


Simple Solutions for Curbing Teens' Unhealthy Snacking

Clinical  July 20, 2021 by Kristin Della Volpe

Snacking among adolescents accounts for approximately two-thirds of their recommended daily limit of added sugar and one-third of the daily limit for solid fats and refined grains, according to data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey . Read more >

11 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods That Fight Chronic Disease  May13, 2020 by Brielle Gregory

Inflammation is a buzzword attached to almost everything we eat these days, whether it’s about avoiding a food that causes it or eating a food that reduces it. Why? Inflammation has a reputation as the “bad guy” when it comes to your health . Read more >


Eating Your Way Toward a Healthy Immune System

UCLA Health Newsroom April 29, 2020 by Jane Murcia 

The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked anxiety and fear throughout the country and prompted many people to explore the best approaches to protecting their health. Read more >


Pomegranate juice and extract consumption by healthy women increases resistance to sun damage

UCLA Health Newsroom October 24, 2019  by Jane Murcia 

April UCLA researchers found that the oral consumption of pomegranate juice and extract reduced the risk of UVB radiation, which can lead to skin damage. Read more >

UCLA Medical Center - US News Hospital Ranking

Best Hospitals 2022

The UCLA Center for Human Nutrition features one of the most thorough weight management programs in the country. The Risk Factor Obesity (RFO) Program offers patients calorie-limiting dietary regimens, physical activity and behavior modification tools. Doctors in this program treat obesity as a "multifactorial disorder," addressing the multiple causes of the disease specific to the individual. Upon first visit, they collect a patient’s blood labs, body composition and weight history, and conduct a physical examination, among other tests. Read more >

Weight loss clinician answers popular questions

Vijaya Surampudi, MD Assistant Director of the UCLA RFO Weight Management Program

Vijaya Surampudi

November 19, 2018

Quora hosted an online Q&A session with Dr. Vijaya Surampudi about nutrition and weight loss. Her responses were viewed nearly 40,000 times, and Forbes and Apple News syndicated parts of the session.

Black Tea May Help With Weight Loss, too

October 4, 2017

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Psychology Today, Daily MailMedical News Independent, KPRC-TV, Houston, Texas, Yahoo! Style, MSN and 72 additional news outlets published stories on research finding that black tea may contribute to weight loss through a mechanism involving gut bacteria. Susanne Henning, lead author and adjunct professor at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, and Dr. Zhaoping Li, senior author and director at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, were quoted.

Consistency Is Key For Weight Loss, Study Says

CNN Health August 28, 2017

Dr. Zhaoping Li, director at UCLA's Center for Human Nutrition, comments in article by CNN Health magazine that the findings are consistent with what has been seen in scientific literature.

Does Drinking Collagen Supplements Actually Do Anything for Your Skin?

Self Magazine August 22, 2017

Dr. Zhaoping Li, director at UCLA's Center for Human Nutrition, was quoted by SELF magazine in a story about the efficacy of callagen supplements.

Is Drinking Something Hot Actually The Best Way To Cool Off? August 4, 2017

How hot drinks affect the body - published a story about the health effects of hot beverages that featured Dr. Zhaoping Li, director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.

Catherine Carpenter, PhD shows us the proper way to grill meats

Catherine Carpenter, PhD, MPH, is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.

Tenured Faculty Position in Clinical Nutrition

The Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is recruiting a physician-scientist for a tenured faculty position. This individual will provide leadership in nutrition education, nutrition research and support the clinical nutrition program. The primary areas of research and clinical practice of the division are in the treatment and prevention of obesity and obesity-associated disease. This includes the role of nutrition, phytochemicals, and botanical dietary supplements in the prevention and treatment of common forms of metabolic disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Learn more &ical dietary supplements in the prevention and treatment of common forms of metabolic disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer. gt;


UCLA Weight-loss Program Named One of Top 15 in Nation

UCLA's Risk Factor Obesity (RFO) Program was named as one of 15 top programs in the country in the January/February 2014 issue of Health magazine. RFO, a medically-supervised multidisciplinary program, offers personalized weight-loss plans for patients who are obese or moderately overweight. (Download PDF brochure). Learn more about the program >

Fox News Highlights UCLA Weight Loss Program

KTTV-Channel 11 News on May 21, 2012 ran a story on the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition's Risk Factor Obesity (RFO) program. Two patients who each lost at least 100 pounds were featured. Dr. David Heber, professor of medicine and founding Center Director, was interviewed and also appeared in-studio discussing liquid diets, food addiction and compulsive eating. The story was reprised on the FOX 10:00 p.m. news on May 21 and Good Day L.A. on May 23. Video courtesy of KTTV-Channel 11 News.