Welcome

There’s Help. There’s Hope! The Emily Program is a warm and welcoming place where individuals and their families can find comprehensive treatment for eating disorders and related issues. This blog is a place for us to share the latest happenings at The Emily Program, as well as helpful tidbits from the broader eating disorder community. Subscribe via RSS to receive automatic updates. We want to hear your story. Email us (blog@emilyprogram.com) and ask how you can become a contributor!

Dancers Take Back Ownership of Their Art

Saint Paul Ballet

It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week and we’re excited to share insight from dancers at Saint Paul City Ballet about being themselves and embracing their bodies for what they help them do – perform their art. This two-part series will take you through the background of how “Taking Back the Tutu” came to be and share statements written by the nine dancers at the Company.

Read more

Our First TEP Music Monday Playlist

If you follow The Emily Program on Facebook, you’ve likely seen and listened to our #TEPMusicMonday songs. These songs are posted to inspire and motivate us all to get the week started on the right note.

Read more

Managing Diabetes and an Eating Disorder

Having a medical condition such as diabetes can be complicated with an eating disorder. Due to the complexity of this type of situation, The Emily Program dietitians help clients navigate and plan to mitigate problems.

There are two factors that can overwhelm people who struggle with diabetes and eating disorders. For one, it can become compensatory to overdose insulin as a means of “purging.” In addition, it can be hard to manage the diabetic diet itself because it has many guidelines that may feel like food rules to someone working on neutralizing food judgments.

Read more

10 Tips to Holiday Cheer

By Sina Teskey, R.D., L.D., The Emily Program

Eating disorders can make holidays a stressful time. They are often an uninvited guest that wants to join in family and social gatherings. Thoughts about eating, weight, festive parties, and memories of past holidays can bring up anxiety and urges. Instead of isolating, try using these tips and ideas that have helped other people in recovery navigate the holidays.

Read more

What Makes FBT Most Effective?

Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

By Dr. Mark Warren

For several years it’s been clear that Family Based Therapy (FBT) has the most evidence-based support for its effectiveness with recovery rates in the 50-60% range for adolescents with anorexia who have been ill for less than three years. This number is two to three times better than other therapies for this patient population.

Read more

Onsite Tours at The Emily Program

September brought our very first professional Onsite tour. The Emily Program hosted four guest clinicians from Oklahoma, Indiana, New Jersey, and Iowa for two days while they learned about The Emily Program. Upon arrival to Minnesota, our guests were given the opportunity to have an intimate dinner with Executive Director Dirk Miller, and Senior Director, Business and Community Development Jillian Lampert. The following day provided a wealth of knowledge about The Emily Program with presentations from many of our department leads, as well as the opportunity to participate in an experiential lunch, and a brief yoga session. We look forward to continuing to grow this program, and welcome more guests to learn about The Emily Program’s amazing services and philosophy!

Read more

The Emily Program Logo