Meals, Mindfulness, & Moving Forward: A feasibility study to a multi-modal lifestyle approach in early psychosis

Craigan Usher, Andie Thompson, Meridith Griebeler, Angela Senders, Celeste Seibel, Richard Ly, Charles Murchison, Kirsten Hagen, Keith Allen Afong, Dennis Bourdette, Rachel Ross, Alena Borgatti, Lynne Shinto

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Aim: The primary aim was to demonstrate adherence to a novel 6-week lifestyle intervention program (“Meals, Mindfulness, & Moving Forward” [M3]) designed to help improve lifestyle practices of youth with a history of at least 1 psychotic episode. Methods: M3 used a non-equivalent control group design involving clients from a community early intervention program. Seventeen individuals in the active M3 program and 16 controls were assessed for secondary outcomes at baseline, 6-weeks, and 12-weeks (6 weeks post-intervention) on cardiometabolic and symptomatic outcomes. Results: The program met its primary aim with 88% (15/17) of participants meeting adherence criteria. Compared with the controls, M3 participants showed significant improvement in positive psychotic symptoms (P =.002). Conclusion: This pilot study showed that young people involved in a community early intervention program adhered to an activity-based lifestyle program which included mindfulness meditation, yoga and nutrition education, warranting further evaluation with a larger sample size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-150
Number of pages4
JournalEarly Intervention in Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2019


  • cardiovascular disease
  • diet
  • exercise
  • mind body
  • psychotic disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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