Recovery is possible and it happens in multiple ways. Come see for yourself. We enjoy hearing former clients, community members, and even our peers talk about their journey to recovery from an eating disorder. Gathering together as a community provides another level of support. It provides a forum that is safe, inspiring, and powerful.
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Hi everyone! Today's post focuses on a series of movements commonly called "Sun Breaths." Sun Breaths can be a quick and accessible way to decrease stress and feel more energized and alert.
The Emily Program offers a wide array of individual and group therapy options for clients at all levels of care. Today, let’s take a closer look at an outpatient group called Body Image Y. To learn more, we caught up with therapist Laura Sferra at our Spokane, WA site.
A recent study suggests that pre-teens who develop eating disorder symptoms may exhibit risk factors as younger children. Over the course of the six-year longitudinal study, researchers collected data on eating disorder symptoms, feelings of depression, and body satisfaction at ages seven, nine, and 12.
At The Emily Program, we offer a full continuum of care so we can meet the treatment needs of every person struggling with an eating disorder. We’re pleased announce that we have launched an adult partial day program in Woodbury. Our IDPs provide more services and support than basic outpatient programming, but are a step down from 24/7 residential treatment.
Recovery is possible and it happens in multiple ways. Come see for yourself. Our first 2017 Recovery Night will take place in St. Louis Park, MN on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. with an Emily Program staff member sharing her story.
New Year, New You? How about New Year, New View!
So it’s that time of year. The time when the marketing campaigns begin, telling us “this is the year” to make a change, lose weight, get fit, get healthy, change ourselves and turn over a new leaf. Hey, I am a big believer in change—it truly is the only constant—and some change and internal focus is needed to grow and expand as a human being. It can be positive, healthy and important. It can be helpful to step back and reflect on how things went during the previous year, what you want for next year and sketch out a plan of action on how to reach those goals.
We all lead busy lives, so the idea of fitting treatment into the mix might seem overwhelming.
The holidays are in full swing! In today’s blog post, I want to introduce you to (or possibly remind you of) a few yoga poses that you might find especially helpful this time of year when food choices are overwhelming, schedules are busy, and when social situations can be exciting and fun, but stressful as well.
In this blog series, we are highlighting different vital roles within our care team, focusing on one team member’s daily responsibilities and their part in getting clients on the road to recovery.
Kitty Westin with Senator Amy Klobuchar just before the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law.
by Kitty Westin, eating disorders activist
I was thrown onto an uncharted path nearly 17 years ago. I was in excruciating pain, I was lost and confused and had no idea how to navigate the path, where the journey was headed or what I was supposed to do along the way. When Anna died from an eating disorder on February 17, 2000 I felt like my world had blown apart. I did not know how to survive the tragedy but I did know one thing; I had to somehow transform the horror of Anna’s death into something positive. I reached out to Senator Paul Wellstone who was a champion of mental health parity and asked for his help. I told him Anna’s story and he told me to take the story to Washington D.C. He said that I should bring as many other voices with me because that is what would make change happen. My journey has been hard, frustrating, messy, and often filled with obstacles, but it was always a journey of love.
For the first time in the history of Congress, eating disorders specific language will be included in federal law. What an amazing victory for people with eating disorders and their families! The world of legislation is a complicated road, with numerous twists and turns, but in this case the twists and turns resulted in a beautifully tied bow for people with eating disorders, their families and those that take care of them.
Recent research has focused on how impaired social cognition might play a role in the development and persistence of anorexia nervosa (AN). (“Social cognition” refers to the thought processes that underlie social interaction, allowing people to empathize, decode others’ thoughts and emotions, and appropriately shape their own behavior in social situations.)
Eating disorders are neurobiological illnesses that have both psychological and physical manifestations. They are complex and require comprehensive treatment teams to greatly increase a client’s chance of success.
That’s why The Emily Program employs a multidisciplinary team of eating disorder specialists to deliver optimal care to every client. Here, we believe care demands, at a minimum, medical, psychological, psychiatric and nutritional components, along with family and other supports. If any of these components are missing, treatment will likely be less successful.
Today’s nutrition blog focuses on the approaching Thanksgiving holiday.