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Classes

Drop-in Treatment and Support Groups:

(Psychological treatment and support sessions where patients engage in discussions and insight-oriented activities to build skills for long-term behavior change and weight management)

EMOTIONAL EATING (NEW)

Emotional eating is part of life. For many it becomes a particular concern when it impacts our ability to manage weight and health. This group will explore emotional eating and related behavioral challenges, such as binge eating and compulsive overeating, both conceptually and with focus on tangible strategies to manage these as part of long-term weight management.

PSYCHOLOGICAL COMPLEXITIES IN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Building a sustainable platform for health behavior change and weight management often involves attention to psychology. Topics of discussion include understanding and managing our motivations, exploring emotional eating, appreciating how thoughts and feelings impact our choices and behaviors, self-awareness, positive body image, and many others. The class includes short presentations, readings, and thoughtful discussions to explore these and other key topics.

ACTIVE MAINTENANCE 

A group for those who are actively working at maintaining positive behavioral changes and lost weight.

PREPARING FOR MAINTENANCE

A group for those who are planning for the long term by building skills and insights that are central to long-term weight maintenance.

COPING DURING COVID

Despite the outpouring of resources to help us manage our lives during the pandemic, there are specific challenges for those of us who are also working hard to maintain a sustainable approach to weight management. This group gathers our community to share how we are coping – both with COVID and with weight management – and work together to move forward.

LIVING SOLO

Managing our lives during COVID – especially the physical distancing from our friends, supporters, and communities – is difficult for everyone. Living alone presents additional and unique challenges. This group gathers those who are single and/or living alone to support one another and work together to navigate these unique times.

EMOTIONAL AND BINGE EATING

An exploration of two of the most common eating patterns that interfere with weight management: emotional eating and binge eating. We discuss what triggers and maintains these eating patterns and provide practical, evidence-based strategies for changing them.

STRENGTHENING SELF-IMAGE

How we see ourselves affects our choices, our relationships, and our goals. The consequences of low self-esteem can be precursors for many health related problems. If you would like to improve the image you have of yourself or deepen your own sense of self, join us for this weekly drop-in group.

STRESS AND APPETITE

Stress affects each of us in different ways. This group includes discussion of stress and explores methods for coping as they relate to weight management and wellness, including education and exploration of stress-related patterns in our lives. This group also includes stress reduction exercises and activities.

THINKING STYLES AND BEHAVIOR

This group explores how thoughts and feelings impact our health behaviors, such as getting active, “comfort eating” and stress eating, snacking, and more. Rooted in concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy, we focus on the connections between our core beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Topics include positive and negative thinking patterns, the “on/off switch” that often dictates focus for managing weight, and strategies for building sustainable health changes.

LONG-TERM WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SUPPORT GROUP

This group explores the spectrum of personal changes that are often a part of building positive weight management. The emphasis of this group is on sharing specific experiences and supporting each other through the ups and downs of weight management, behavioral change and life.

CURRENT TRENDS IN WEIGHT AND WELLNESS

This group will explore recent scientific studies as well as current issues and opinions portrayed in the popular and social media.  Topics will include, but are not limited to, activity monitoring, the food environment and industry, body acceptance, mindfulness, and food addiction.  This group will involve both discussion and skill building.

* Reserved Treatment Groups:

(These are private, ongoing sessions that require a participation agreement with the group leader and other group members)

* COGNITIVE THERAPY FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the connection between beliefs, thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Often, negative beliefs about weight impact weight-related behaviors. This group aims to engage patients in sustainable changes.

*WORKING WOMEN

Working women face unique challenges and obstacles when it comes to weight management. This group focuses on the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors for working women struggling with weight management and work-life balance.

Classes:

(These are didactic sessions aimed at enhancing practical knowledge)

GROCERY STORE GUIDED TOURS

This personalized tour (limit – 3 people), led by our nutrition specialist, provides practical guidance on how to make food shopping, weeknight meals, and snacks quick, easy, and healthful.

NAVIGATING NUTRITION

This interactive nutrition class will allow patients the opportunity to learn skills to navigate their food environment. In these classes, patients will also have the chance to ask questions and learn about the latest nutrition updates and hot topics

SEATED YOGA FOR EVERY BODY

No standing required and no yoga experience is necessary. In a safe and supportive environment, learn poses you can use in your everyday life. Find out firsthand about the groundedness that comes from cultivating a mind-body connection.

MOVEMENT CLASSES

Our movement classes (limit- 5 people) are led by a certified fitness instructor and corrective exercise specialist. These classes allow participants to vary their workout routine in a supportive and structured environment.

FEELING STRONG… FOR EVERY BODY

Feeling strong is important for body and mind. Designed so that no prior experience with exercise is necessary, this 45-minute, guided, gentle, online exercise class is helpful for 1) those who are new to basic strength training, and 2) those who have had a hard time adjusting their exercise plan during COVID and would benefit from a re-introduction to home strength training and fitness exercises. Exercises can be done with bodyweight alone, with light weights (such as a dumbbell or resistance band), or using household items (such as a soup can).