• Residential Treatment Program for Teens 14-17

Health and Fitness


Health and Fitness

Research has shown that good nutrition and cardiovascular exercise have a very positive impact on emotional well-being and brain functioning such as concentration, memory, focus and attention. Further, there is a growing body of research suggesting that regular cardiovascular exercise can be more effective than medications and therapy in treating depression and anxiety.

Simply put, when we feel good physically we feel better emotionally, and we think more clearly.

We have implemented these findings into our programming at Solstice by including several experiential learning interventions aimed at improving the physical health of the teens we serve.  Soon after joining Solstice, students receive a fitness and nutrition assessment. Together with our nutritionist and fitness director, students develop personal goals to get more active and eat better.

Fitness & Recreation for More Engaged and Active Minds

Knowing the relationship between good physical health and good mental health, we offer ample opportunity for our students to get active in exciting ways; and we offer encouragement every step of the way. Experiential learning is integrated into our daily routine at Solstice.

Students participate in regular workouts, developing fitness goals aimed at improving their cardio-vascular fitness, strength and flexibility. Our students participate in daily aerobic workouts including running, biking, and aerobic classes. They also participate in other weekly workouts including Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and boot camp.

The improvements in their physical condition will have immeasurable effects on their mood, self-esteem and sense of self-efficacy.

We Are What We Eat

It’s an old adage, but one that is still relevant today.  We find many of our students eat diets high in sugar, sodium, and calories.  This diet can lead to wild swings in energy levels and often mood.

Early on, students complete a nutrition class to educate them about healthy choices and the impact of diet choices on body and mind.

Students also share in meal planning and meal preparation to provide experiential learning opportunities and skills that can be utilized throughout life. With education, self-awareness, and journal keeping, our students come to recognize the impact diet choices have on emotional state and mood changes. These “experiences” with nutrition have a lasting impact on our students as they develop a much improved sense of self-efficacy in managing how they feel and look, both physically and emotionally.

Developing Healthy Body Images

In addition to general nutrition classes, the girls and assigned female at birth also learn and practice Intuitive Eating. Intuitive Eating is an approach that teaches people how to create a healthy relationship with food, mind and body.