Commit to Get Fit Frequently Asked Questions


Is Commit to Get Fit a diet?

No, the Commit to Get Fit program is not a fad, crash, or temporary diet. It is a wellness program that discusses healthy eating, stress, behavior change, and exercise, not just a 90-day fix.


Is it a support group?

While you will have the support of others in your group session, the program does not follow a support group style. The first few minutes of class are dedicated to discussion amongst the group to share our experiences, but the majority of class is educational.


How is it different from other programs, like Weight Watchers?

Commit to Get Fit is unique because unlike other programs, it incorporates more than just diet. It includes exercise and extensive education along with nutrition guidance. The sessions are led by a licensed registered dietitian with extensive background in medical nutrition therapy so they can provide you with accurate information that will help you manage your weight, diabetes, cholesterol, etc. The exercise portion is led by a certified fitness professional to ensure safe and effective workouts for all levels.


What is the time commitment?

The time commitment is 2 hours per week of group class for 12 weeks (always held on the same day of the week). There are also 4 hours of private sessions included, 2 hours at the beginning, 2 hours at the end. You will be expected to exercise and dedicate time to healthy eating outside of class each week if you want to see results!


What if I have to miss a couple weeks?

We understand that you have other commitments in your life but kindly ask that you do not miss more than 2 classes. If you know you will be traveling, on vacation, or away for more than 2 sessions, you may want to wait until the next session. Missed classes can be made up by scheduling a private session with your coach.


Can I do the nutrition portion only?

Yes, this could be an option in certain circumstances. Please contact the nutrition department to discuss this further.


Who is the ideal participant?

A typical participant ranges in age from 25-75, men and women. Many of the previous participants come from a “yo-yo” diet background, struggling with their weight for many years. In addition, often participants will have several risk factors for heart disease and other chronic diseases including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high glucose/sugar, pre-diabetic or diabetic.


All adults are welcome to join the program, regardless of need to lose a significant amount of weight or manage disease. The program will benefit anyone who is looking to improve their health.


What is included?

The Commit to Get Fit program includes many things:

  • Extensive workbook

  • 2 individual nutrition counseling sessions

  • 2 health risk assessments

  • MyZone heart rate monitor for the duration of the program

  • Exercise plan

  • Meal plan

  • Weekly feedback and accountability for exercise and healthy eating

  • Constant communication with your coach/registered dietitian

  • Post-Fitness Consultation


What are the group classes like each week?

Each week you will meet with your coach prior to class for a brief weigh in. At the beginning of the session, we will discuss your past week’s challenges, successes, and anything else you wish to share. We will then go into our material for the week which takes about 60 minutes. It is not lecture style, but an open discussion. Your coach will present the material in a fun, engaging way. The final 60 minutes of class is when we workout together. The workouts are different every week and are meant to be educational and challenging. Expect to sweat.


What if I have physical limitations (bad knee, shoulder, hip, etc.)?

The majority of participants have some physical limitation. The fitness professionals are trained to deal with a wide variety of aches, pains, and injuries. Modifications will always be provided for exercises when necessary. Contact the nutrition department to discuss your physical limitation further and decide if the program is the right fit.


What if I have special dietary needs?

There is no one diet that is perfect for everyone. Our dietitians are trained to deal with a variety of dietary needs. The individual nutrition counseling sessions are designed to tailor to your specific needs.


Will I get a workout and/or meal plan?

Yes, you and your coach will work together to design a workout and meal plan for you and your lifestyle.


Who leads the classes?

Your coach is a licensed registered dietitian and fitness professional.


What if I don’t like groups?

If the group setting is not for you Cedardale offers other nutrition programs that may be a better fit.  Check kout our one-on-one nutrition counseling for more details.

What are typical results?

Typical results include:

  • 10-25 lb. weight loss

  • 1-5% drop in body fat percentage

  • Decrease in blood pressure

  • Decrease in total cholesterol

  • Increase in HDL cholesterol

  • Improved blood sugar control

  • Better quality sleep

  • Increased fitness

  • Development of healthy eating and exercise habits


Do I need to be a member of Cedardale Health and Fitness?

You do not need to be a current member of Cedardale but will be required to become a member upon registration. This membership will allow you access our fitness center, group exercise classes, tennis (court fees are additional), and locker rooms so you can exercise regularly and further your results.  


What is the cost? Will my health insurance cover the program?

In most cases, your health insurance plan will cover some of the costs of the program. You must have nutrition counseling and a medical necessity as a benefit under your plan. Plans do vary so you will want to contact your health insurance to find out more. Also, contact the nutrition department so they can calculate the total cost for you with your insurance.


Insurances accepted:

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Cigna

  • Fallon Health

  • Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

  • Tufts

  • United Healthcare

  • Neighborhood Health Plan

  • UNICARE/GIC


How do I register?

To register, contact the nutrition department at:

Phone: 978-373-1596 option 1

Email: bkelley@cedardale-health.net