With more than 900,000 people in Australia suffering from an eating disorder and Australian women more likely to be diagnosed with an eating disorder in their lifetime than breast cancer, Quest for Life Foundation identified a need for an intensive treatment program.
Nourishing the Spirit is a new and unique five-day residential program for young people aged 18 to 30 years with eating behaviors.
The program aims to give participants the skills to develop a positive body image, encourage hope and help-seeking through education, awareness, practical exercise and strategies to overcome negative eating behaviors.
nib foundation's grant supported the development and delivery of the pilot program which was delivered at the Quest for Life Centre in Bundanoon in 2014.
18 young people from Sydney and regional NSW completed a very successful pilot of the Nourishing the Spirit retreat in June 2014.
Over 90% of participants reported the retreat had provided information, skills, and strategies to improve their general quality of life, and 88% agreed the retreat would help to better manage their situation and make more informed choices.
Pre and post-program evaluations indicated an overall reduction in symptoms of eating behaviours including a reduction in participant's concerns about their weight and shape.
Following the success of the pilot program Quest for Life have scheduled a second retreat 1-5 December 2014.