FINDINGbalance

Rating: 4.98 stars   65 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: PO Box 284 Franklin TN 37065 USA

Mission: To be the leading Christian resource for DAILY help with eating and body image issues.
Results: Over a million people reached since 2002 via events, articles, web resources and online support programs. Members of new "Lasting Freedom" (2014) online support program show significant declines in anxiety (-23%), depression (-21%) and unhealthy eating attitudes (-25%) after just eight weeks. Our twelve-week "Finding Balance with Food" curriculum and downloadable "FINDINGbalance Gathering" small group tools have been used around the world, including groups in Canada, New Zealand, Ecuador and the UK as well as the US. "Daily Vitamin" eDevotional provides truth and inspiration 5 days a week to thousands of readers. Annual "Hungry for Hope" conference has been attended by nearly a thousand people in the last seven years. New Christian Eating Disorders Collaborative Network (CEDCN) helps connect those who struggle with Christ-centered providers. And we're just getting started...
Target demographics: Our primary efforts are focused at reaching the three out of four women (and girls) who have eating issues, including chronic dieting, obsessive exercising, organic food obsessions, secret eating, and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.Those seeking Christ-centered recovery solutions.Those who love someone struggling with an eating disorder.Professionals working with eating disorders.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 73 women find freedom from eating issues through our Lasting Freedom program, and served 192 people at our annual conference. All this in addition to thousands we serve monthly through our video-on-demand site.
Geographic areas served: The World! (But primarily the US...)
Programs: www.findingbalance.com - world's largest video-on-demand website for eating and body image issues, featuring 700+ free videos, articles, books and more. "Lasting Freedom" - online support program featuring weekly webinar, weekly "Freedom Team" support group, and 24/7 moderated peer-support website. "Hungry for Hope" premiere Christian conference for professionals and community members impacted by eating and body image issues. http://www.findingbalance.com/hfh "Daily Vitamin" - eDevo - an inspiring verse and 6 lines of text to help you find daily freedom. www.findingbalance.com/dv "FINDINGbalance Gathering" small group lesson program for individuals or groups seeking balance with food. http:www.findingbalance.com/gathering "More Than a Number" campaign and event to help women know their value so they can change their world. Includes a partnership with Compassion International to help shift dollars from diets to end world hunger. http://www.morethananumber.net. .
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I found Finding Balance prior to receiving treatment for bulimia. I was hopeless and searching for encouragement. I think I typed in something about how God views women with eating disorders. A few clicks later, I found a whole page of printable truths through FB's True Campaign. It was an answer to prayer and planted a seed of hope inside of me that grew eventually to courage. It is so Christ-centered and does not focus only on eating disorders. FB is a website that promotes healthy body image, habits, and freedom through Jesus. It is so unique and helpful to many people. So thankful!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

Google.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

It has encouraged me to look to the Lord as my Helper. He is ultimately the only one who can heal my heart. I think there is a big disconnect sometimes between our relationships with God and ourselves. In treatment, I focused on finding myself so much that I sometimes forgot the piece of me that longed to be known by God. This organization reminds me daily via Facebook or Twitter that recovery is about living fully for my Savior.

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Hi Jincy! Cool to hear that you found us on Google. We're passionate about what we do and part of that is because we get to serve such passionate people. Thanks for taking time to post about your experience! - Constance

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I found Finding Balance at a time when I needed it most. I am so grateful for an organization that is addressing issues that most women struggle with: self-image and our constant desire for thinness. FB revealed to me the lies I had been believing through media about what beauty means. Not only did my definition of beauty change, but my obsession with thinness was revealed as a control in my life. I am now able to see myself the way that God sees me which is bringing me freedom. I am so glad that the experts at FB are speaking out and helping folks just like me see the need to break out of the thin cage and find freedom in Christ - just the way He designed it to be. It is an organization that is shouting out the truth to an issue that plaques so many of us. I am eternally grateful!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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It was such a pleasure getting to know you this spring through our group. Thank you so much for your kind words! - Constance

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization that is working hard to help people in need of education and support in the area of eating disorders and body image issues.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

talking to clients who have received help.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage more volunteers to help them reach their goals.

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Finding Balance is a nonprofit organization involved in providing free support and education to people (especially women) who are struggling to overcome very difficult challenges with eating and body image issues including anorexia and bulimia. I have seen thier passion in what they do as well as showing great integrity as they try to bring professionals and others in their field together to make a difference. They have a creative and artistic approach which is appealing and they have great understanding of the issues they are working to address. This is a top-notch organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been involved in some of their community outreach programs and have had testimonials of women they have been a great source of support and help to.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Constance Rhodes, the founder of Finding balance, has created in my opinion, one of the most impressive resources that exists within the eating disorder community. The depth of information and extensive list of topics found on her website is second to none. What many people may not realize, is that most clients with an eating disorder struggle with EDNOS, not anorexia or bulimia. This diagnosis, Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified, is one that even practitioners find difficult to treat. This is partly due to the lack of resources available for clients with EDNOS, as well as minimal training opportunities which focus exclusively on this topic. This is why Fb is such a crucial resource. It is the only organization that works to not just inform the community about what EDNOS is, but more importantly, it gives a voice to all of those that are truly suffering from the negative effects of having this disorder.

Another unique aspect of Finding balance, is the faith-based component of their work. This allows those seeking support from God, to have some guidance in how their faith can get them through all of the challenges that lie ahead in their recovery. The group curriculum developed by Constance, incorporates this approach, and it has proven effective in encouraging clients to break free from the years of struggle with body image concerns and disordered eating.

However, what I find most impressive is the passion and dedication with which Constance operates. The phenomenal website is only part of the picture. The existence of an annual conference, along with the desire for collaboration with other non-profits, will only strengthen the important work that is currently being done within Fb. I believe the organization they have created, should be a model for all of us in the eating disorder field.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have received positive feedback from clients and professionals alike, who have found tremendous benefit from the resources offered through the Fb website. It has proven an effective tool in aftercare plans, as an additional level of support for clients between therapy sessions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't recommend any changes to their organization. My only thought is to find a way to inform the entire eating disorder community of this important resource.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My review is based on the changes seen in my daughter through HER interaction with Finding Balance. All her life, she's had issues related to eating...weight ups and downs, diets, exercise,various programs, with the end result being even MORE issues and endless frustrations. Finally, FINALLY, there's been a change - in her attitude! At long last, she is giving herself a break - allowing herself the chance to explore self-acceptance and self-love. As her mom, I am so thankful. She is still not what she longs to be - but she's learning to love who she is right now. I am so grateful to Finding Balance for helping my child when I could not.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...my daughter's newfound acceptance of her weight and self-image, as well as her wonderful attitude of confidence and pride in her accomplishments!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Findingbalance provides some of the most thorough, relevant and practical information and training in the field of eating disorders and body image. Through the Findingbalance.com website, videos, conferences and curriculum and books Constance Rhodes and her team continue to act as a resource to both professionals and laypeople who are concerned with these issues. I regularly offer these resources with the greatest confidence to the patients, clients and families I work with as a professional counselor and ministry leader.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I regularly offer these resources with the greatest confidence to the patients, clients and families I work with as a professional counselor and ministry leader.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to take advantage of other professionals and experts in the field.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started attending a FINDINBbalance "Gathering" in February of 2010 and have kept going back every week since! Fb offers a unique support for women of all ages and stages of recovery from disordered eating and body image issues. The weekly video messages by Fb founder Constance Rhodes and other special guests are always Christ-centered, meaningful, and encouraging. Participating in Fb's programs has been a life-changing experience for me, and I have watched as it has been life-changing for my fellow group members as well.

FINDINGbalance impacted me so much that after a volunteer meeting this February, I approached Constance about a job opportunity with Fb. After a short, totally God-led series of events, I became Fb's first-ever Program & Development Manager. In fact, I just started this week! Now, I get to give back to the organization that helped rescue me from certain darkness. I kid you not, I am tearing up as I write this - God is so, so very good.

I am so grateful that this resource exists! Thank you Constance and Fb for all you've done - I only hope my contributions to this organization can help others the same way I have been helped.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Finding Balance has been the single most helpful resource throughout my recovery from chronic dieting, binge-eating disorder, and obsession with self-image.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish there were Finding Balance Gatherings all over the country. Every major city should have this volunteer-based resource available! Community is crucial when it comes to recovering from disordered eating.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Internet & Word of Mouth

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

I attended Hungry for Hope last June and have benefited from it tremendously. As an Eating Disorder victim, it was great to share experience with others and meet people who have fully recovered from this disease. More importantly, I was able to hear how God has helped them to fight this battle.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attended Hungery for Hope Conference in June 2010.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more activities in New York City.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Findingbalance as an organization is one of a kind in its field...I don't know of another nonprofit that offers such an array of resources from so many experts in the nutrition and counseling arena in such an accessible way to the public. I've been personally involved in Fb as a young woman struggling with disordered eating and body image attending both the support group Gatherings and 12 week small group bible study. Because of the healing and wisdom I gained there, I went on to become a masters graduate of therapy, and now refer many of my clients to FINDINGbalance to help them find support and solid truth that they aren't getting anywhere else. I love showing clients how to access the video commentaries, interviews, and articles to help them on their own journey toward health and wellness. It's so easy to benefit from Findingbalance through the interactive website but it's nice to also go a step further by using the tools to be part of a small group gathering to share the journey with other women. So thankful that this kind of help is out there!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

gaining wisdom, truth and encouragement to help me on the healing journey to freedom from eating and body image issues.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get the word out so that there are Gatherings in every city for women to attend.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with FindingBalance, Inc. has been excellent. I find them to have a wealth of information on eating disorders, treatment, and resources for families and those suffering from eating disorders from a Christian perspective. They are the first organization that I have come across that does such a good job networking between professionals, the community and those who need help. They bridge the gap for those who don't have clinically diagnosed eating disorders but need information and resources for subclinical disorders with which they struggle. FindingBalance has found part of it's niche in educating family members and friends of those who struggle with an eating disorder. It has also networked to build a community of people seeking to build their identity on the validity of Christ's claims through the True Sisterhood. It is an encouraging, humorous, caring website and podcast.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally been encouraged by this organization through a personalized written response to one of my inquiries about different kinds of treatment, especially from their board member who is a dietician.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would encourage them to continue finding ways to raise funds so that more people can be included both in their conferences, small groups, and podcasts. I would try to find a way to get the word out about their podcasts (which are so helpful) to a more local level of therapists so that they can pass the information to their clients. The resource is available and I would want to make it available to as many people as possible because the benefits to the fb gatherings and podcasts are so worthwhile.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It's ability to network between professionals, the community, and people who struggle with eating disorders.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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