Two major research studies have shown that participants in the RedCliff Ascent wilderness program make both significant emotional and physical health improvements.
When we feel well, we do better. This is an established connection. Being comfortable in one’s own skin and appreciating the body that moves you about your day is key to building strong self-esteem.
The typical teenage diet consists of sodas and highly processed foods. Poor nutrition affects performance, attitude, and one’s general state of mind. If a teenager struggles with their weight and body image, they can overcome their challenge. Therefore, RedCliff believes that this challenge is overcome by addressing physical health concerns. This will also expedite their progress and will lay a foundation for health and self-discipline.
We do this by providing an environment that promotes an overall healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle includes a healthy diet, regular exercise, a physically active daily routine, good self-care and hygiene, and appropriate sleep habits.
A healthy diet is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. One of the major issues affecting teenager’s moods is the poor food choices they make. Part of the treatment process at RedCliff is the introduction of healthy food choices and education about the importance of the foods we eat.
Furthermore, exercise is another powerful treatment for emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. So students at RedCliff participate in various physical activities and exercise to promote their overall health. Daily exercise can include hiking, meditation, rappelling, and yoga.
Physical Activity in the Daily Routine
In addition, physical activity in a daily routine is critical to a healthy lifestyle. RedCliff Ascent provides a highly engaging environment both intellectually and physically.
Good Hygiene and Self-care Habits
Good hygiene may seem backwards or even not reachable for a wilderness therapy program. However, the importance of good hygiene and self-care habits is heightened in the wilderness setting. At RedCliff students learn the basics of hygiene and self-care. This can be a foundation for a positive and healthy self-perception.
Healthy Sleep Habits
Finally, quality sleep is crucial to physical and emotional health. RedCliff often addresses this area first. It is a foundation for all the other treatments and activities we do in the field.
A healthy lifestyle and physical fitness is a part of our Integrated Care approach. It is directly connected to the future success of teenagers.