I had the pleasure of talking with Jim Mathews of HealthWise NRI today. Join us as we discuss the importance of selecting quality protein supplements for your patients and the benefits for both you & your patients.
A little about Jim:
After leaving the US Army in 1976, Jim decided on a career in insurance. One of his customers was the owner of a commercial weight-loss program. As he spent time with his client, he became increasingly intrigued with this business because the program offered individuals the opportunity thru a structured program, to do what they could not readily do for themselves. They could learn, with the program, how to make dietary changes that would help them to lose weight, become healthier and enjoy a better life.
He became so convinced by the program that, in the early 80’s, he purchased franchise rights with Physician’s Weight Loss Centers and went on to open centers in Atlanta and several small cities in central Georgia. Business was good and he enjoyed the success of operating his own weight loss businesses. However, there were sometimes problems with patients and frequent complaints about the limited selection of the protein supplements and the poor taste of the products required on the program.
In 1992, he started HealthWise as a distribution business. Shortly, he was able to start a manufacturing business with the goal of providing a wide range of good tasting protein supplements, the kind of supplements the patients in his weight-loss centers had always requested. From a 500 square foot office in 1994 supplying some 20 protein supplements, the business has grown to a 100,000 square-foot SQF Level 3 facility manufacturing some 200 protein products all reflecting an early company slogan: Healthwise Big taste: Small Waist. To serve HealthWise customers better, Jim always gives preference to individuals with a background in medical or clinic-based weight loss.
In addition to serving the needs of medically supervised weight-loss programs, the company provides its products to wide range of clients. Healthwise is now proud to be the trusted nutritional provider for many of the top Bariatric Centers of Excellence across the USA, including Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success, The Johns Hopkins Medical Weight Management Center, Sentara Comprehensive Weight Management Solutions, Scripps Medical Weight Management, Medical University of South Carolina Medical Weight Management Center, Vanderbilt University, Swedish Hospital, Tampa General Hospital and The Henry Ford Medical Weight Management Center to name a few.