Publication Date

2017

Abstract

Weight gain is a serious health concern. Peoplewithmental illnesses are at increased risk ofweight gain. The primary treatment is lifestyle changes such as increasing physical activity and dietary changes. This qualitative study explored the experience of people with schizophrenia who participated in a healthy lifestyle program. Four themes were identified. The findings indicate that benefits of the program were more than physical health improvements and included regular access to a health professional, gaining social relationships, and a sense of belonging. Future recommendations include retaining a group structure in lifestyle interventions to facilitate these additional benefits.

School/Institute

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine

Document Type

Journal Article

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