Intuitive Eating

University of Iowa offers free Intuitive Eating Workshop

IOWA CITY, Iowa- Do you think you know your body well enough when it comes to nutrition and physical activity? Most people might say they do but there is a lot that goes into it. Unless you are a health expert you probably don’t. That’s where Intuitive Eating comes into play.

Photo Credit: Intuitive Eating Website

What exactly is Intuitive Eating? According to the Student Health and Wellness site at the University of Iowa, they say that “Intuitive eating is an approach that teaches you how to create a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body.” You yourself would become to know your body so well you would feel an expert at knowing what your body truly needs each day. You would learn how to distinguish between emotional and physical feelings and also would gain a sense of body wisdom. Sound like something you’d be interested in?

The Student Health and Wellness at the University of Iowa is offering free workshops for students that are interested in creating a healthy relationship with food, their bodies and their minds where students will be able to become experts of knowing themselves and their bodies.

The University of Iowa is offering free four-week workshops for students that will be taught by certified Intuitive Eating Counselors. This is the third year that the University of Iowa has held the Intuitive Eating workshops. There will be two different workshops available to register for and will be held at the CRWC (Campus Rec and Wellness Center) in downtown Iowa City on Tuesday nights. The first 4 week workshop starts on February 11th and ends March 4th.  It will begin at 7 p.m. and goes until 8:30. If you were not able to make the first workshop, students will have a second chance to attend beginning April 7 and runs until April 28. Same time as the first workshop but will be held on Monday nights.

Heidi Bohall, Behavioral Health Consultant at the University of Iowa spoke about the Intuitive Eating workshops and what all will be involved.

“The goal of Intuitive Eating is to create a health relationship between mind, body, food and exercise.” Bohall explained. “We spend time on each of the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating.”

“It’s a combination of us sharing information, video clips, participant discussions, practice activities and take-home challenges.”

Students do not need to bring anything but themselves to the workshops. Packets will be distributed at the first workshop which students are expected to bring each week for activities and practice. The class sizes consist of 10 to 12 individuals but allow up to 25 in registration. There will be three different health educators that will rotate the workshops. JoAnn Miller (SHW Dietician), Trish Welter (SHW Senior Behavioral Consultant) and Heidi Bohall (SHW Behavioral Health Consultant).

If you’re a University of Iowa student interested in participating in the Intuitive Eating Workshop, click one of the links below where you can register for either workshop that suits you.

1st Workshop- 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Feb 11-March 4

2nd Workshop- 7-8:30 p.m. Monday’s April 7- April 28

If you are interested in the program but can’t make it to the workshops you can even have your own 1-hour session for your dorm floor, sorority or organization with a health educator.  The health educator is then able to provide anyone with a 1-hour session that will introduce you to Intuitive Eating andthe 10 Principles that it has to offer. If you are interested in this program you can request the 1-hour program and fill out a program request form.

Want to know more on Intuitive Eating, check out the Intuitive Eating site at http://www.intuitiveeating.org/

Any other questions you can contact Heidi at heidi-bohall@uiowa.edu.