Our groups are called ‘Mood and Food’ and are currently run from Southmead Hospital for our Bristol patients and from Melksham Town Hall for our Wiltshire patients.
The Mood and Food groups are a great opportunity for you to meet with others from similar situations and to share and learn from each other’s experiences.
Mood and Food groups involve 8 sessions run either weekly or fortnightly. Each session lasts 2hours and 15minutes and we ensure there is a break half way through each session.
The groups are supportive, non-judgemental and take into account your individual circumstances. They are structured to allow time for both information giving and discussions. Each week will focus on a different theme and will typically build on previous topics.
The group content provides:
- New ways of managing thoughts and feelings without turning to food, to help you feel more in control of your eating and weight
- Interactive dietary education and advice to include portion sizes, planning meals, energy balance and managing your hunger
- A weight loss surgery session for those individuals who wish to consider progressing on to bariatric weight loss surgery.
Following the completion of a group, there are frequent drop-in sessions where you can weigh in and talk through any challenges that you may be experiencing with the facilitators.
Previous group members have told us:
‘’I feel more confident in my approach to weight loss”
“Has helped me make conscious decisions about my food and lifestyle.”
“Helped me so much to mentally prepare & learn about foods and reasons why I eat.”
“I now believe I am in control and know how to look at what is making me want to eat.”
“I have felt empowered and liked the positivity of the group and staff.”