Britain’s National Health Service is adopting a “lifestyle medicine program” that was developed in Australia for young people taking antipsychotics, according to The Guardian. “The ‘show how to cook/exercise/eat/shop’ part of the programme was so popular, it was integrated with seeing the psychiatrist and mental health workers, which boosted attendance and engagement,” lead developer of the Australian healthy lifestyle program Katherine Samaras reportedly told The Guardian. The NHS is interested in the program because it was especially effective at limiting weight gain.
Samaras presented her research into the “Keeping the Body in Mind” program at the June conference of the Endocrine Society. Sixteen young participants taking antipsychotics gained 1.2 kilograms during a 12-week early intervention program, compared to 7.2 kilograms of average weight gain among the control group.
Bondi fitness scheme turns the tide on treating mental illness (The Guardian, July 29, 2014)
Early Lifestyle Intervention Abrogates Antipsychotic-Induced Weight Gain in First Episode Psychosis (Samaras, Katherine et al. Conference Program Abstracts June 2014, Endocrine Society.)