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Feel Good Fridays: Wellness Beyond Weight

The Self-Help Resource Centre’s Feel Good Fridays: Wellness Beyond Weight in partnership with Houselink has come to an end. This was a peer support wellness group for people of all shapes and sizes who were interested in discovering easy ways eat healthier and get moving while connecting with other. For eight weeks we met every Friday exercising first and then participated in other group activities indoors. From mindful eating exercises to examining tips on achieving our best personal body image, we did it all. As facilitators, we enjoyed it immensely. Here’s what the participants had to say:

What they liked most?

“Talking with others who struggle with the same issues as I do”

“More than enough time for questions and answers; good interaction”

“The people!”

“Information to take home 1st day interesting”

What did they find most useful?

“Learning to accept myself the way I am”

“Openness and frankness of discussions”

“Liked the mindfulness exercises dealing with eating, body image, etc.”

“Information”

The Body Politic: Social Justice, Gender Equity and Eating Disorders

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is pleased to present The Body Politic: Social Justice, Gender Equity and Eating Disorders, a FREE community event presented by Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair (leading expert in child development and family relationships and Author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age). This talk is a part of NEDIC’s biannual conference, Body Equity: Self-Esteem in the Balance and is intended for all audience levels.

Dr. Steiner-Adair will provide a socio-cultural context to eating disorders, and discuss methods of strengthening one’s resistance to damaging societal ideals.

Where:Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street | Toronto, ON

When:Thursday, April 16th, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Admission:FREE! Click on the following link to register http://tinyurl.com/bodyequity2015

Feel Good Fridays: Wellness Beyond Weight

The Self-Help Resource Centre, with the assistance of Houselink, has launched a new peer support wellness group, titled “Feel Good Fridays: Wellness Beyond Weight”. This group is for persons interested in discovering ways to eat healthier and get active, while connecting with other community members.

The group formed by shared experiences of the volunteers, in which medical professions had advised them to lose weight and eat healthy; however, failing to acknowledge that those goals require more than just exercising and eating healthy, but also need peer support and guidance. The premise of this group relies on the acknowledgement that people who are overweight, and people who are not, may experience some of the same things that are not necessarily due to a particular illness or condition; such as, poor body image, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, fatigue and joint pain. Therefore, this group is an inclusive space for those who wish to lose weight and those who would like to gain confidence and positive esteem with their body image.

The group will start with a thirty minute community walk, followed by a one hour discussion. The discussion topics are not limited to the following: accepting and respecting the diversity of body sizes and shapes, emotional eating, body image, mindful eating, etc.

We recognize that each individual is unique and that we all, individually and collectively, have the power and ability to improve our physical and mental health. We would also like to acknowledge that we do not offer medical advice. For additional information and support around eating disorders please visit the following websites.

Sheena’s Place – for eating disorders, self-esteem and eating disorder recovery support
Sistering – for services and support specifically pertaining to women
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre – resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation.
The Toronto Public Library – for a variety of free resources on exercise, healthy eating, chronic illnesses, and eating disorders.
The Self-Help Resource Centre – database of over 700 support groups in the GTA.

Sheena’s Place – Self Image

Group Name: Sheena’s Place – Self Image

Description: At Sheena’s Place we offer hope and support to individuals, families and friends affected by eating disorders by providing a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services. We are committed to inspiring hope, reducing stigma, raising awareness and offering meaningful help and information at all stages of recovery.
Support groups are for those affected by eating disorders, including groups for individuals who are affected themselves as well as family members, partners or friends of loved ones who have eating disorders. There are no fees, groups run for 8 – 10 weeks at a time 4 times a year. Participants must register during one of our registration periods. For more details on groups and how to register please visit our website. ** You must be 17 years of age or older to attend groups at Sheena’s Place.

Self Image
For anyone struggling with body image, develop new strategies to improve your self-image while also exploring the thoughts, behaviours and emotions that affect your feelings about your body. Using principles from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), learn practical coping skills and share your challenges with others experiencing similar concerns.

Where: 87 Spadina Road | Toronto, ON M5R 2T1

When: Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Offered: January 6th – March 10th, 2015. ** This is a closed group meaning it’s seasonal and registration is closed after the second session.

Contact: Victoria Freeman 416-927-8900 | info@sheenasplace.org | www.sheenasplace.org

Sheena’s Place – Men’s Eating Disorder Support

Group Name: Sheena’s Place – Men’s Eating Disorder Support

Description: At Sheena’s Place we offer hope and support to individuals, families and friends affected by eating disorders by providing a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services. We are committed to inspiring hope, reducing stigma, raising awareness and offering meaningful help and information at all stages of recovery.
Support groups are for those affected by eating disorders, including groups for individuals who are affected themselves as well as family members, partners or friends of loved ones who have eating disorders. There are no fees, groups run for 8 – 10 weeks at a time 4 times a year. Participants must register during one of our registration periods. For more details on groups and how to register please visit our website. ** You must be 17 years of age or older to attend groups at Sheena’s Place.

Men’s Support Group
An open forum for men to explore their concerns related to body image, food preoccupation, struggles with weight and shape, or compulsive or excessive exercising. This is an open group meaning that these groups are seasonal -available to register/join anytime during the season they are offered. Space allowing.

Where: 87 Spadina Road | Toronto, ON M5R 2T1

When: Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Offered: January 7th – March 11th, 2015 *** Location is offsite.

Contact: David Lubert 416-927-8900 | info@sheenasplace.org www.sheenasplace.org

Sheena’s Place – Young Adult

Group Name: Sheena’s Place – Young Adult (Ages 17 – 30)

Description: At Sheena’s Place we offer hope and support to individuals, families and friends affected by eating disorders by providing a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services. We are committed to inspiring hope, reducing stigma, raising awareness and offering meaningful help and information at all stages of recovery.
Support groups are for those affected by eating disorders, including groups for individuals who are affected themselves as well as family members, partners or friends of loved ones who have eating disorders. There are no fees, groups run for 8 – 10 weeks at a time 4 times a year. Participants must register during one of our registration periods. For more details on groups and how to register please visit our website. ** You must be 17 years of age or older to attend groups at Sheena’s Place.

Young Adult (Ages 17 – 30)
This group provides support for young adults who are struggling with their eating and/or body image issues. There is a particular focus on issues specific to this age group, such as living independently, choosing careers, coping with academic pressures, relationship concerns, etc. This is an ongoing group meaning that groups are available to register/join at any time during the entire year.

Where: 87 Spadina Road | Toronto, ON M5R 2T1

When: Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. (Victoria) and Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. (Deb)

Contact: Victoria Freeman and Deb Berlin-Romalis 416-927-8900 | info@sheenasplace.org www.sheenasplace.org

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Group Name: TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Description: Established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success, they’ve helped many of people live healthier lives. The helping process takes place through support and encouragement. Members are provided with information about eating sensibly, portion control and cooking methods. There are weekly weigh-ins, meetings, recognition days and a telephone support network.

Where: 35 Deer Ave. RR#1 | Fraserville, ON K0L 1V0

When: Membership is open to anyone who wishes to maintain or lose weight for $30.00 a year. Spouse $15.00-(no newsletter), Children $15.00-(no newsletter). Individual weight goal is set by family physician. Children are accepted from the age of 7 and up, upon the advice of the family physician. Call for the location of a group near you.

Contact: 705-944-5422 | 1-800-932-8677 | wondering@tops.org | www.tops.org

Sheena’s Place – Adult Eating Disorder Support

Group Name: Sheena’s Place – Adult Eating Disorder Support

Description: At Sheena’s Place we offer hope and support to individuals, families and friends affected by eating disorders by providing a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services. We are committed to inspiring hope, reducing stigma, raising awareness and offering meaningful help and information at all stages of recovery.
Support groups are for those affected by eating disorders, including groups for individuals who are affected themselves as well as family members, partners or friends of loved ones who have eating disorders. There are no fees, groups run for 8 – 10 weeks at a time 4 times a year. Participants must register during one of our registration periods. For more details on groups and how to register please visit our website. ** You must be 17 years of age or older to attend groups at Sheena’s Place.

Adult Support (Ages 17+)
For those wanting to talk about the challenges of living with an eating disorder, share successes, offer insights, and find and inspire hope. This group provides a supportive environment to facilitate discussion and encourage the sharing of solutions and strategies. This is an ongoing group meaning that groups are available to register/join at any time during the entire year.

Where: 87 Spadina Road | Toronto, ON M5R 2T1

When: Mondays from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. (Maureen) and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. (Ali)

Contact: Maureen Mahan and Ali Henderson 416-927-8900 | info@sheenasplace.org www.sheenasplace.org

National Eating Disorder Information Centre

Group Name: National Eating Disorder Information Centre

Description: Their objective is to provide accurate, up-to-date information on eating disorders and to provide appropriate treatment referrals. Our Centre supports and helps those suffering from anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia nervosa to normalize their eating, gain a further understanding of how the eating disorder is developed and perpetuated, and to encourage them to seek treatment if they are not currently seeing a professional. They also provide written information on eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation; Canada-wide listing of treatment services and resources; lectures and workshops for schools, community groups, professionals etc.; sponsor of national Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW); and training in volunteer work and support services.

Where: 200 Elizabeth Street | Room 7ES-421 | Toronto, ON M5G 2C4

When: Those interested should call the centre for additional resources. There is a $15.00 fee for individuals and $20.00 for organizations to become members of the Centre, which provides a newsletter five times a year.

Contact: 416-340-4156 | 1-866-633-4220 | nedic@uhn.on.ca | www.nedic.ca

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