University of California-San Francisco Professor Eli Puterman Named to the Scientific Advisory Board for WellBalance

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Weight Loss Camp advisory board member is a research grant award winner from the National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute and received the 2011 American Psychosomatic Society Young Scholar Award

Eli Puterman WellBalance Advisory Board Member

I look forward to working with WellBalance and collaborating on ways to improve the choices and habits of their clients so that we can prevent them from developing an avoidable disease,” commented Eli Puterman

Eli Puterman, researcher in behavioral medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco, has been named to the Scientific Advisory Board for WellBalance, which operates fitness and weight loss camps for children and teens ages 10 - 20 as well as food and fitness boot camps for adults ages 20 - 29.

Puterman has agreed to provide guidance to WellBalance as they further develop programs for creating lasting healthy lifestyle changes. Puterman’s expertise in reducing chronic stress through exercise and social/emotional support are areas that WellBalance is eager to implement to help their clientele lose weight at camp and maintain a healthy lifestyle at home.

“I am excited to be a member of the WellBalance organization,” said Puterman. “As part of my ongoing research, I am looking to find how healthy lifestyle behaviors can protect people from the negative effects stress has on the body, and in particular, in those at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. I look forward to working with WellBalance and collaborating on ways to improve the choices and habits of their clients so that we can prevent them from developing an avoidable disease.”

Puterman was selected as an advisory board member due to his previous experiences and research background. He currently teaches and performs research within the UCSF School of Medicine, and his work has been featured in top Health Psychology and Science journals, including PLoS ONE and Health Psychology.

“WellBalance feels very fortunate and blessed that Dr. Puterman has agreed to join our Advisory Board,” said John Gordon, CEO for WellBalance. “Dr. Puterman’s knowledge regarding obstacles and solutions to healthy living aligns with WellBalance’s focus on healthy living changes and will help improve the health of individuals at our adolescent weight loss camps and adult weight programs.”

Puterman earned his Ph.D. in Health Psychology & M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Puterman also earned a bachelor’s degree in physiology from McGill University, Montreal, and another bachelor’s degree in psychology from Concordia University, Montreal.


WellBalance designed the ME Plan to Motivate & Educate on what medical research shows works for sustainable fitness, weight loss, and health success. Founded by professionals and guided by experts who have led some of the largest behavioral health, mental health, and treatment programs in the country, WellBalance is working to become the leader with a focus on improving an individual’s overall health. WellBalance developed the WellBalance Health Score© to rate a person’s overall medical, emotional, and fitness health status as well as show a person’s progress towards health norms. WellBalance operates summer camps, local programs, and fitness programs for adults. For additional information please visit or call (800) 975-0435.

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