When looking for body positive nutrition resources in Massachusetts, it can be difficult to know where to start. In our diet-culture-entrenched society, it can feel overwhelming to know what resources are beneficial for your overall well-being. And, what may be more damaging. That's why we have compiled a list of resources in Massachusetts that can help you find the body-positive nutrition information you are looking for.
However, there are a few key factors to keep in mind when considering what resource is right for you to ensure it aligns with your goals. This is a great opportunity to reflect on your values (a personal fave here at NourishRX).
How Values Guide Us
Understanding your values is one way to ensure you are getting accurate nutritional information. Try posting in an inclusive Facebook group, talking with a trusted friend, or your treatment team (hello, NourishRX)! Aligning with your values allows you to identify red flags within resources.
We dive into some body-positive nutrition resources in Massachusetts that have been evaluated and approved by health professionals:
Resources for Body Positive Living in Massachusetts
MEDA Support Groups
MEDA or Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association has support groups in Massachusetts. For individuals who feel they benefit from in-person sessions, they have them available in the Newton Center near Boston College, Newton North High School, and Newton South High School. But, they also understand that Telehealth can be a convenient option so online groups are also available.
MEDA offers various programs and support groups for individuals struggling with disordered eating or body image concerns. For example, their support group titled “Body Image Group” is designed to support individuals seeking an improved relationship with their bodies. In working with our clients, we can understand what a valuable resource this is for those in Massachusetts! “We hear our clients when they talk about working on healing their relationship with food and body can feel isolating. However, being able to talk through thoughts and feelings with those who understand what you’re going through is an extremely validating experience.”
Every Body Pilates
Every Body Pilates is located in Belmont, MA near Belmont High School, Wellington Elementary, and Belmont's Post Office. This means you can easily get to the studio if you live in Belmont or nearby neighborhoods. For teenage clients, it is an easy walk from school. Whereas adult clients can access studio time after work, during lunchtime, or in the morning after school drop-off.
Every Body Pilates is a pilates studio committed to body-positive practices. They focus on helping people of all shapes, sizes, and ages move and perform better. Their clients are from all walks of life and all fitness levels, from beginners to experienced athletes.
The Body Project
The Body Project is an evidence-based, body positive, prevention program designed to increase body acceptance and decrease risk factors for eating disorders. It is located on the University of Massachusetts-Amherst campus. However, it is also near the Political Economy Research Institute, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Athletic Fields, and W. E. B. Du Bois Library. This means you can easily get to the program from almost anywhere on the University of Massachusetts campus.
The project recognizes that research shows the harms of talking about the “appearance ideal” in mass media. They present real life skills on how to challenge the pressures to conform. It can improve participants’ body perception and reduce the risk of developing eating disorders. Which we are all about!
Blink Fitness is located in Medford, MA near Medford High and Vocational Technical High School, Medford City Hall, and Tufts University -Medford Somerville Campus. At Blink Fitness, they believe in "Mood Above Muscle" because they recognize the importance of body positive movement that makes you feel good. Rather than physical changes in your appearance as the driving factor.
They strive to create a safe, welcoming atmosphere for all by providing access to experienced personal trainers, and a variety of equipment. Being well-known for their mood-lifting principle, they have bright and spacious gym settings with colorful decor. This way, you can feel energized and inspired every time you walk through the door.
As you can see, each body positive resource provides something a little different. Whether it is group support or certified personal trainers - there is something for every body. However, it's important to remember that the most important step is taking care of yourself and finding what works best for you!
We understand that you want resources that are inclusive to all body shapes/sizes, genders, races, etc., and that doesn't discriminate between "good" versus "bad" foods. You want your resources to hold no judgment and to help you enhance physical health through appropriate nutrition information without impacting other areas of health (mental, social, etc). As always, you want to make sure the resources you choose are trustworthy and come with good reviews and research (if applicable).
With these tips in mind, we hope to help support you in your journey to overall wellbeing.
Begin Working with a Virtual Nutritionist in Massachusetts
Here at NourishRX, we understand that finding body-positive resources in Massachusetts can be overwhelming. It can also feel like a daunting task to make sure you're getting accurate nutrition information amidst a sea of diet culture-infused nonsense. Working with a virtual nutritionist can help make this task a little easier. To help you feel supported and informed, virtual nutritionists can provide one-on-one guidance to ensure you reach your health goals.
If you're interested in working with us:
Other Nutrition Services Offered at NourishRx
At NourishRx, we offer a variety of services to help you get the nutrition and body-positive support you need. We know it can be difficult to find the right resources, so we're here to help you along the way. This is why we offer Nutrition Counseling, Intuitive Eating Support, Support for Parents and Caregivers, and Meal Planning. If you are feeling like you want more information, we also offer a Questions and Clarity Call to answer any questions you may have before taking the next step in your journey. No matter what your nutritional needs are, our team is here to help.