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.