The benefits of individual counseling combined with the dynamics of support groups.
Nowadays in Greece almost 2/3 of adult population and 40% of the children has weight issues. More0ver, a large percentage of adults and children have an unhealthy relationship with food. The “obesogenic” environment: increased processed food availability, is considered to be the main cause. The traditional approaches that focus on strict dietetic regimens have failed.
Those who wish to lose weight and maintain it but also develop eating competence and a healthy relationship with food, need knowledge, skills and an organised support network.
The groups provide the necessary context and the requisite counseling in order to help the participants to form a new way of thinking, make a positive mind-shift regarding their nutrition and substantially change their habits.
The support groups are usually consisted of 4 to 6 people that work alongside with 1 or 2 facilitators. The number of weekly meetings is predefined, each meeting is 90-180 minutes long. The groups are highly interactive. The facilitators offer knowledge and every member of the team has the opportunity to discuss any weight, nutrition or food related issue in order to receive the necessary support by the other members and be helped in order to discover useful ideas and feasible solutions.
Next scheduled adult group April 2020
In a supporting environment, liberated from stereotypes and discriminations these support groups encourage each participant to alter their old long-standing food relationship that will lead to a healthier weight status. A combination of coaching, peer support and active learning help the participants to increase their knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- weight literacy
- food literacy
- eating competence
- relationship with food
Parent groups provide knowledge on child nutrition and development as well as guidance to help you manage family meals and support your child develop eating competence. The group empowers parents to deal with food related issues (picky eating, struggles with food etc) as well as weight related issues (child obesity, child underweight etc) following the Satter Feeding Dynamics Model.
Next scheduled parent group April 2020
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Implementation of contemporary tools of nutritional education & support