Turning Points Program

Introduction - DVD Segment 1

by Ron Davis

Welcome to the Turning Points program – a discussion group experience for women like you. This program provides you with an opportunity to explore important issues that affect your physical and emotional well-being: body image, eating habits, physical activity, managing stress and relationships. You will have the opportunity to reflect on those lifestyle issues that you are currently happy about, and those that you may not be so content with at this time in your life.

Tips on Getting the Most Out of this Program

Everybody is unique, possessing a wide variety of experiences, lifestyles, and personal strengths. As such, you may not identify or agree with all of the opinions expressed by other women on the video or in your discussion group. Nor should you. However, by considering a broad range of perspectives, you may discover some things that are personally relevant to you and your own lifestyle choices. Take from this program that which seems to make sense to you.

Throughout the program you will be presented with information in the form of practical advice about managing important lifestyle issues. A lot of this advice has been contributed by people who themselves have made significant personal changes in their own attitudes and behaviours concerning body image, eating habits, exercise, managing stress and relationships. You will not find every piece of advice new or even useful, but there will likely be some advice that you haven't heard before and that you may want to try yourself.

Keep and open mind as you go through this program. Some of the things you will hear about may surprise, confuse, or even initially overwhelm you. As a consequence, you may likely feel conflicted about certain issues as they are presented because they may run counter to your own attitudes and beliefs on the subject. It's up to you to decide what makes sense for you in your own change process.

One's process of change is as unique as the individual who is undergoing it. The elements of change, the application of change, and the rate and pace of change are all part of your own specific decision processes for personal change. Accept the fact that your own process will take time. While some aspects of positive change can happen very quickly, others take longer and with greater personal effort. Nevertheless, it is important to start the change process now if you think that some change would be a good thing for you. As the saying goes, a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.

The very fact that you have joined this Turning Points program is proof that you do have the initiative and motivation for personal change. Actively encourage yourself to continue to move forward. Set yourself a pace for change that is comfortable yet at the same time challenging enough to make the process feel a little like work. Accept the fact that there may be risks along the way. People naturally anticipate difficulties to lie ahead. Personal change is never a smooth and easy course. Anticipate that your own journey of personal change may be at least a bit rocky at times. It is understandable that you might experience some anxiety about the change process, but accept that risk taking is really what change is all about. Confront any anxieties that you might have about what lies ahead. Only then can you truly evaluate whether your efforts to change have been worth it.

People are usually motivated for personal change by defining the goals they have set about lifestyle issues important to them. What are your short and long term goals for eating habits, physical activity, body image, managing stress, and maintaining quality relationships with others? The forward-looking vision that you create represents the benefits of personal change. Once firmly fixed in the mind, the vision becomes a goal and everything you do is seen as a step in the direction of realizing the vision.

Ask yourself "Am I acting in a way that is consistent with my goals for healthy living". If you can honestly answer yes, then you are definitely on the right track. If your answer is no, then this may represent a turning point for you in living well.

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Turning Points Program

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This Channel is dedicated promoting healthy living choices for young women.

An original DVD program called Turning Points or TP1 was developed to help those women that face challenges around disordered eating attitudes…

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This Channel is dedicated promoting healthy living choices for young women.

An original DVD program called Turning Points or TP1 was developed to help those women that face challenges around disordered eating attitudes and behaviours.

A new DVD program also called Turning Points, or imaginatively known of as TP2, was designed for any young woman who places value on healthy living and is willing to look at what is working well or not-so-well in their lives.

Each program consists of video and written material. The video material is contained on DVDs that we are distributing to agencies in the Province of Ontario where young women are likely be; high schools, colleges, universities, and health care facilities. Existing and new agencies joining us as partners are posted on this website.

Partners are offering a series of group discussion sessions where women can exchange opinion and dialogue about the healthy living issues that are raised in the series. Women who participate in those groups can join this website as members and, over time, gain access to new related materials.

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