Women’s Weight Management Program

Thank you for your interest in our program

Our Spring 2014 program recruitment effort is closed. 

The Women’s Weight Management program focuses on the Stoplight Program, a small lifestyle change that helps increase the quality of a person’s diet, as well as increasing daily physical activity.

The Stoplight Program uses the colors of a stoplight to indicate types of food.  For instance:

  • Green foods are healthy and consist primarily of fruit and vegetables
  • Yellow foods are healthy but are higher in calories like whole grains and lean meats
  • Red foods generally do not have much nutritional value like high sugar and fatty foods 


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The program is supervised by Dr. Suzanne Daiss. Dr. Daiss is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Health Psychology Center. Dr. Daiss is a clinical health psychologist who specializes in women's health issues. She has more than 30 years experience doing clinical work and has been supervising student clinicians at Northern Arizona University for 26 years. She supervises the groups run by graduate student clinicians.

Participation eligibility

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This program is open to women who
  • are aged 18 to 22.
  • have a BMI of 25 or over (which is generally at least 20 pounds overweight). There is no upper limit for BMI in order to participate. See the BMI chart on the registration page of this site.
  • are able to walk as part of the program, which includes wearing a pedometer and increasing step counts over the course of the program.
  • do not have any serious disease that would limit participation, such as (but not limited to) untreated high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, or untreated diabetes.
  • do not have current anorexia or bulimia.
  • do not suffer from untreated depression (moderate to severe)
  • are willing to obtain a physician's release form for any serious, but controlled, medical condition. Fax the completed form to 523-2440 before the program begins.
  • are not participating in another weight loss program during this program (e.g. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig) and are not taking weight-loss medications.
  • are able to commit to the full 8 week study, plus a three and six month followup.
  • are ready and willing to make a lifestyle change. 
  • are willing to record food intake, step count and sleep.

If there is any question about suitability for the program, Dr. Daiss will speak with you.


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Benefits of participating include receiving information about weight management and leading a healthier lifestyle, and receiving compensation for completing an 8 week group-based weight loss program plus followup.

Group meetings

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The in-person group will meet each Monday for 8 weeks, beginning February 17 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm in SBS or SBS West. No meeting will be held March 17th, the week of spring break.

Measure variables

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In order to help you and your group leader track your progress, physical assessments will take place at program start, program end and at three-months (beginning of fall 2014 term,) and six-month followup (approximately mid-term of fall 2014).

Physical assessments

  • height
  • weight
  • waist and hip measurements
Psychological assessments
  • eating behaviors
  • body satisfaction
  • self-esteem
  • life satisfaction
  • depression
  • self-compassion


We are accepting applications now! Sign up early...space is limited.