FINDINGbalance

Rating: 4.95 stars   117 reviews

Address:

PO Box 284 Franklin TN 37065 USA

Mission:

To be a Christ-centered community helping people find balance with food, weight and wellness.

Results:

Over a million people reached since 2002 via events, articles, web resources and online support programs. Members of "Lasting Freedom" online support program show significant declines in anxiety (-18%), depression (-33%) and unhealthy eating concerns (-35%) 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:

People find Christ-centered help for eating issues.

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:

Anywhere someone has access to a computer.

Programs:

"Lasting Freedom" - online support program featuring weekly webinar, weekly "Freedom Team" support group, and 24/7 moderated peer-support website. www.findingbalance.com - world's largest video-on-demand website for eating and body image issues, featuring 700+ free videos, articles, books and more. Christian Eating Disorders Collaborative Network - the first Christian resource and referral network for professionals working with eating disorders. http://www.cedcn.org "Daily Vitamin" - eDevo - an inspiring verse and 6 lines of text to help you find daily freedom. www.findingbalance.com/dv "Hungry for Hope" premiere Christian conference for professionals and community members impacted by eating and body image issues. http://www.findingbalance.com/hfh "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   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

Finding Balance is helping me towards having a healthier relationship with food. I am growing stronger in my relationship with Jesus, and in turn I am being more present with my family and friends. I am starting to enjoy the same food my family is enjoying, which in turn I can enjoy being with them in the here and now. My husband is even noticing a difference in my relationship with food and how I view my body! The staff and volunteers have such a passion for helping people find freedom from eating disorders and body image issues. I like how there is a teaching time through a Webinar. Then each week I get to discuss what I thought of the teaching with ladies who are in the program, with an amazing faciliator who leads the group. I also like the forum of Ning where we can post our struggles and victories on, then other members can respond with encouraging words. In some ways it is like having your own cheering section during this season in life. It is also nice to know that you not alone in this fight for freedom. My quality of life is so much better since being part of Finding Balance. I am thankful that Constance listened to God's calling in helping other women find freedom from eating disorders!

 
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I loved reading your post! And thank you for including this photo - a beautiful location and a beautiful soul! It's an honor to walk with you...

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FINDINGbalance's Lasting Freedom program changed my life! I now have a strong support system to help me when I am struggling with disordered eating, depression, and body challenges. With community, friends, and a stronger sense of my value to my family, friends, and my community, I am able to get out of my isolation and am making friends, forming new bonds, and using my gifts of encouragement more extensively. I know I am a child of God who is beautiful in His sight. I honestly do not believe I would be alive today if it were not for FINDINGbalance and their supportive faith-based recovery program.

 
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My husband & I have been involved with FINDINGbalance for about 10 years, and for the past 5 years as volunteers, 4 of which we helped during their annual Hungry for Hope event where both professionals & laypeople come together to be educated on eating disorders & body image issues, as well as be spiritually inspired. Fb currently has an online recovery support group, Lasting Freedom, that has members from all over the world coming together to support & encourage each other as they/we seek freedom from disordered eating and body image challenges. I have been an active LF member for almost 2 years, currently volunteering as the Lasting Freedom Site Moderator. The support of this community has helped me walk the recovery path with grace, strength, and a solid faith-based foundation! I love this community and this ministry so much!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

People had been telling me for years that, because I was not underweight or overweight, I didn't have a problem with food, but *I* knew there was something wrong with my private relationship with food & binging & over-exercising, and as a Certified Personal Trainer, the guilt overwhelmed me. In Spring 2005, I read Constance Rhodes' book, "Life Inside The Thin Cage", and soon after, I contacted her by email about how the book spoke to me. I wanted more information about EDNOS and Constance was creating a workbook for small groups (which would become "Finding Balance with Food"), so I waited for it to be completed. In Spring 2006, our church had an epidemic of deaths due to unhealthy lifestyle choices, one was a young woman, 29 years old and mom of 2 small children. The church pastor was aware that this was a problem and he knew I was interested in helping. He encouraged a friend and I to start a "body image/food issues" support group. We used several different books in our Bible study group, as well as the "Finding Balance" website and e-newsletter to assist us and guide us as leaders while we waited for the "Finding Balance with Food" curriculum to be completed in Franklin TN. In Fall 2008, when Constance was looking for pilot groups outside of Tennessee to test the curriculum, our church group volunteered, and I must say good things come to those who wait! Our San Jose CA FBwF pilot group had 10 women, ranging in age from 43 to 71 years old. This group dynamic brought challenging discussions about food attitudes and life-long poor eating habits, as well as revelations about body image & aging. The curriculum was well-organized with videos, discussion sheets, leaders' guide, and easy art projects. I confess that when we started, we were not excited about doing these art projects, many of the women said they personally weren't creative and resisted doing them. However, the time we spent on these projects became the highlight of our meetings; they were relaxed, easy, and took us back to "little kid" days when a piece of paper and glue and glitter were fun, back to a time when we were not judgmental about ourselves and our bodies. As a result, "Life Inside The Thin Cage" & the FBwF curriculum is the benchmark for our group and we are planning to begin a weekly Fb Gathering in June 2010.

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

my healthier more balanced living, my closer walk with the Lord, and my deeper more meaningful friendships because I am able to share my experiences with others who are also going through battles with finding balance in their life.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the fantastic, helpful, and approachable people associated with Constance, both online & off!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Finding Balance has helped me in the most holistic sense, from community building in my own life and online, to giving me practical tools, forums to delve deeper into topics, and accountability in my recovery process. I don't know where I would've ended up without their support.

 
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Thank you for these kind words, friend. We're honored to journey with you toward freedom!

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1 person found this review helpful

I have been a member of the Finding Balance program for 18 months. In that time my physical, but more importantly my mental health, has improved beyond belief. Prior to joining the program I was considering treatment options, inpatient and partial hospitalization had helped in the past but would mean leaving my job and family. Finding Balance allowed me to recover more fully than ever before, as process that I am still continuing today at home as a newlywed.
Through Finding Balance, I have discovered more about my faith and myself than I could have imagined. I have gone from fearing any carbohydrate-based foods and shaking at the sight of a scale to choosing pasta for dinner and throwing my scale in the garbage. This program has not only guided me in discovering my faith and courage in the Lord, but also has provided me with a community a like-minded individuals who are some of the first people I want to share my victories, and who are the first to offer support when I need more help.

 
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Thank you for sharing this, friend! It has been an honor to journey with you!

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1 person found this review helpful

This is an amazing organization working hard to encourage and support women struggling with eating disorders and food addictions. Using a Christ centered approach the healing process begins and each member becomes part of a supportive and private community to share hope and wisdom, fears and doubts. For women who often feel alone and misunderstood, Lasting Freedom is a place to connect with others who understand the struggle and find hope during a process that feels daunting and impossible. I am always thankful that God led me to this community and I am amazed to find encouragement each time I log on and join a group, no matter how much I want to avoid reality, it really is a place for life giving hope and joy.

 
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SO glad to know our mission has been serving you well! Thank you for sharing. - cr

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1 person found this review helpful

Everyone has been kind and generous. They've been eager to help and offer support.

 
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Thank you for the kind words. We count it a privilege to walk with you! - cr

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1 person found this review helpful

After decades of struggling with disordered eating and image issues I found Findingbalance and all of its resources a few years ago. Constance Rhodes book, 'Life Inside the Thin Cage' resonated with my heart on so many levels and I continued to go back to the website for any new resources and information that could help my recovery. There's not a faith based program in my area, and so this past year, I was extremely grateful to find FB had developed an online venue for those seeking support in recovery. I joined that online program, lasting freedom, and found a safe place and genuine people with whom I can unpack struggles, chase God's grace and finally be free to be the heart and body God has created me to be. Eternally grateful for FB and lasting freedom. becca

 
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Grateful for you, Becca, and for your encouraging words. Thank you for sharing! - cr

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1 person found this review helpful

So thankful to find something that could meet my needs of fellowship, teaching, and understanding. It was an economical addition to my recovery. Looking forward to being able to continue to grow with this wonderful organization.

 
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Working with the Finding Balance Program and participating in their on line program "Lasting Freedom" is bringing so much Hope into my life! This program has challenged me to work at changing my own attitude about so much in my life. I am learning that God is right here with me all the time. I am learning to ask God's help and realize that I am not on this journey all by myself. The facilitators of this program are just so very honest and patient. They nudge you just when you need a "nudge" and they share their own struggles in such a genuine way.
I am making positive forward progress. This progress might be deemed slow by some but I am learning that "slow" is real progress. I was experiencing so much shame in my life over my compulsive overeating. I just did not think I could ask God to help me first because I felt like such a failure. Finding Balance has taught me to try each and every day to put God first in my life.

 
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I am so very grateful that God led me to Finding Balance. I had been struggling with my eating disorder for years. Periods of Recovery and then periods of relapse. I have been in Recovery successfully from addictions for 29 years. My personal struggles with my overeating have been longstanding. I just could not seem to get recovery with my overeating - I needed something more for the Eating Disorder. I appreciate all the people and programs that have given me support. However, I am finding and developing such a sustaining relationship with God thru a woman's program called Lasting Freedom. Finding Balance has such dedicated facilitators and many of them with there own personal recovery from an Eating Disorder. God Bless all the staff. Maggie/AZ

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

I cannot think of any changes I would make to this program.

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?

2016

 
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Maggie, it has truly been a pleasure serving you! Thank you for sharing your kind words here. - cr

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I've been involved with Finding Balance for over a year and have the highest regard for the organization and what they are doing. It is ran by people with hearts for God and serving others. What I appreciate about Finding Balance is they are very clear on what their mission is and very deliberate in going about it. Through Finding Balance I have gained a closer walk with God, a community of Christian women who are committed to God and their recovery and great strides in my own recovery. I truly believe in what Finding Balance is about and hope to be a part of it's success for years to come.

 
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