Have a weighty problem? The Scheme can help…

Being obese has an effect not only on physical health, but often also on psychological health. The Scheme’s new Weight Management Programme (launching January 2021) aims to help members with serious weight issues to regain control of their weight and general wellbeing.

Being overweight or obese substantially increases the risk of chronic conditions, including hypertension, abnormal cholesterol levels, type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, as well as cancers of the endometrium, breast, prostate, and colon.

Obesity is a complex disease that is dependent on many factors, including a person’s genetics and lifestyle. However, it IS possible to manage one’s weight – the key is to not fall for one of the many fad diets out there, but rather to implement a longer-term, sustainable plan that will lead to a healthier lifestyle. That is where the Scheme’s new Weight Management Programme comes in.


  • “I enjoyed the programme and lost a lot of weight.”
  • “I have tried several diets before, but with this programme I managed to keep my weight under control.”
  • “I would recommend the programme to others.”
You will qualify to take part in this Programme if:

  • Your BMI* is 30 or more, or
  • You are a man with a waist circumference of 102 cm or more, or
  • You are a woman with a waist circumference of 88 cm or more, or
  • Your GP or a BASA biokineticist motivates your case (for example, a BMI of between 25 and 30, but with diabetes and comorbidities).

*To calculate your BMI, divide your weight in kilograms (kg) by your height in metres (m), and then divide the answer by your height again. This will give you your BMI in kg/m2.


About the Weight Management Programme


The Weight Management Programme extends over 12 weeks and aims to assist members with weight loss through a comprehensive assessment and exercise prescribed by a registered biokineticist, as well as referral to a dietician and/or psychologist, if required.


Once a qualifying member has been referred to a biokineticist, a full assessment will be undertaken to determine his or her suitability for the programme. This will include:

  • an online lifestyle questionnaire;
  • validated biometric testing (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, height and weight (BMI)); and
  • a fitness assessment.

At the end of the assessment the member will receive a comprehensive health status report with tailored recommendations for health improvement.

Suitable candidates will be enrolled in a 12-week programme that includes weekly group-exercise sessions, one-on-one consultations with a biokineticist, and referral to a dietician and psychologist, if necessary.


How to access this programme

If you think that you may qualify and you are interested in this programme, simply call the Member Care Call Centre on 0860 106 155 or email membercare@medscheme.co.za for more information, or to confirm whether you qualify.