Mindful Eating as a Path to Health and WellBeing
Skills - Sponsored by Creighton University
Lynn Rossy, PhD
Director of Integrated Wellness, Veterans United
AAFP 1.0 | ACSM 1.0 | CDR 1.0 | NCHEC 1.0
Almost everyone has underlying challenges with eating and body image and for many these difficulties can result in emotional distress, obesity, and other eating-related health problems. Diets that focus on weight loss have not been shown to be effective in the long term and may even contribute to weight gain and greater despair. Taking a more holistic approach, a comprehensive mindful eating program can help people end overeating and make friends with their bodies by using the skill of awareness to manage their emotions and guide their behavior. In this session, learn the major components of Eat for Life, a program of mindful eating developed by the presenter for a workplace wellness program. Learn and utilize each element of the BASICS of mindful eating in an eating exercise. Discuss the commonly reported challenges in learning mindful eating. There will be a combination of lecture, mindful eating, and guided meditation.
Dr. Lynn Rossy is an author and health psychologist. Her book, The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution: Proven Strategies to End Overeating, Satisfy Your Hunger, and Savor Your Life, describes the concepts she developed for her empirically validated 10-week mindful eating program called “Eat for Life” (available online). She is on the Board of the Center for Mindful Eating. She has recently been made the Director of Integrated Wellness at Veterans United (September 2016) in order to bring mindfulness to every part of their organization. Before that she spent nine years as the Health Psychologist for Healthy for Life, the University of Missouri wellness program for faculty and staff on all four campuses, and was the Director of the Mindfulness Practice Center. She has been teaching Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programs since 2000. Her career has been centered on developing, delivering, and researching programs that target stress reduction, physical inactivity, obesity, and wellness in the workplace.