An expansion by Medifast Weight Control Centers over the next two years will include three centers in New Orleans and one each in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

Team Wellness Inc. already operates locations in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles.

The planned locations are part of a 26-center expansion that also includes additional locations in Tennessee, Florida and Alabama.

The new centers are expected to create 281 jobs over the next two years. Each location usually occupies about 2,000 square feet.

Open since 1980, Medifast specializes in weight management plans that involve nutrition and counseling provided by the company.

Medifast Weight Control Centers also are located in Arizona, California, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.