Mindful Eating: Shifting the Focus from Weight to Well-being
Original Air Date: October 29, 2015
Presenter: Rebecca Johnson, MS
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A growing body of evidence supports what many individuals and health promotion organizations have already discovered: traditional interventions designed to address eating, physical activity, and weight are ineffective for creating sustainable changes in weight or health. Further, it is becoming clear that the focus on weight and restrictive strategies is not only ineffective, but harmful to well-being over time, as it contributes to disordered eating, weight cycling and other unhealthy outcomes that are often confounded with weight and chronic diseases.
This session will examine the complex bio-psycho-social reasons why traditional approaches to eating and weight management fail and lay the foundation for a non-diet, weight-neutral, mindfulness-based approach to both. We will explore the evidence surrounding the need for a paradigm shift and discuss a powerful, universal approach to issues contributing to problematic eating behaviors and physical inactivity. Participants will be introduced to six unconventional strategies for promoting a mindful relationship with food and activity that supports optimal well-being.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
- identify three ways that traditional weight-focused and rules-based interventions are ineffective.
- define three key tenets of an emerging paradigm-shift in eating and weight related interventions.
- identify the six crucial decision points in the Mindful Eating Cycle.
About Rebecca Johnson, MS
Rebecca Johnson’s journey in the health promotion field started more than 20 years ago with high-top Reeboks and Step Aerobics. Her career has evolved significantly since then and has included professional roles in health coaching, health education, group facilitation, business management, and corporate wellness.
She currently serves as the Director of Workplace Wellness with Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Programs and Training, an innovative company that empowers individuals to take charge of their decisions about eating, activity, and self-care. Rebecca has been a licensed Am I Hungry? Facilitator since 2008, delivering workshops in the community and in corporate settings. In her previous management role with a large health plan, she led the development of the health education team. Among other projects, Rebecca was responsible for integrating Am I Hungry? as one of the plan’s leading lifestyle improvement programs, where it’s now available to hundreds of employers.
Through the professional experience gained form these diverse opportunities and her own personal well-being journey, Rebecca understands the complexity of human nature and the change process. Her mindfulness-based approach to health offers a refreshing, realistic, and inspiring way to cultivate true well-being from the inside out.