1. We are women who are for women.
We are here to support and encourage women who want to care for their whole selves - mind, body and spirit.
2. We reject the weight-focused health paradigm and pursue whole-person, authentic health.
Evidence shows that weight and weight loss do not define health and well-being. We recognize health and well-being as multifaceted, and embrace weight-inclusivity as we create and share resources to improve physical, behavioral, psychological, and social factors associated with health.
3. We believe self-care is the key to whole-person, authentic health.
Self-care is the critical precursor to long-term healthy behavior engagement. Self-care is not earned; it’s a right, not a privilege. As humans, we are born with intrinsic value that cannot be taken away.
4. We embrace Health At Every Size (HAES).
We embrace HAES principles and support the HAES mission to, “advance social justice, create an inclusive and respectful community, and support people of all sizes in finding compassionate ways to take care of themselves.” (source)
5. We believe dieting is unethical.
Dieting leads to high rates of weight regain, weight cycling, eating disorders and disordered eating, and fosters weight stigma, all of which are linked to poorer health at best. For this reason, many experts have concluded that dieting is no longer an ethical recommendation. Read the evidence for yourself here.
6. We approach nutrition through the evidence-based Intuitive Eating model.
We create and share resources and experiences that help women reconnect with their body’s intuition and live a life without food restriction while enjoying authentic health. We believe hot and healthy is about discovering and reclaiming what you enjoy and what your body needs. You can read the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating here.
7. We value the impact fun has on our lives.
Everything from our work space to our online content to our in-person events reflects the value of fun. We see fun, lightness, and laughter as therapeutic, a source of happiness in the thick of hard self-work, and the creative juice that keeps Fresh Work going.
Fresh Work Co-Founders