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Monthly News & Tips
February 2015
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I overcame so much here. When I feel myself slipping backwards I can help myself back up again.
A great feeling. I love this place.
-An Emily Program Client
In This Issue
Mindful Moment

"And what is as important as knowledge?" asked the mind. "Caring and seeing with the heart," answered the soul. 

TEP Blog

Catch up on some reading:


When Does Exercising Become Unhealthy?


Emotional Casserole


Our 2015 Group Catalogs are Now Available


Defining "Healthy"


Anorexia vs. Activism


"Ask Emily" What is Purging? (video)


Top 5 New Things to Know About Residential Treatment at The Emily Program

Recovery Night

In St. Paul, MN:

February 10 from 6:30-8 PM at 2265 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN


This month Jenn Friedman will speak. Jenn is a musician, author, and eating disorder recovery advocate who shares her messages of hope and healing through performing, reading, and speaking. Her book, Eating Disorders on the Wire: Music and Metaphor as Pathways to Recovery (H.T.F.K. Press), explores her own recovery process through metaphor while the accompanying album, On the Wire 

(Personal Bias Records), explores her recovery through music. Through her work, Jenn encourages others to cultivate their voices and to own their processes.
You can learn more about Jenn here.


Join us the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 PM to hear stories of inspiration and hope.


In Lacey, WA:
February 12 from 
6-8 PM at 673 Woodland Sq Loop SE, Ste 200, Lacey, WA.

Upcoming Recovery Nights: May 7, August 6


In Spokane, WA:
Upcoming Recovery Nights will be held from 6:30-8 PM at 2020 East 29th Ave, Ste 200, Spokane, WA: 


March 2, June 1, September 14


In Seattle, WA:

Upcoming Recovery Nights will be held from 6-8 PM at 1700 Westlake Av N, Ste 700, Seattle, WA: 


April 13 and July 13 

Myth vs. Fact

The Emily Program gets to the bottom of common misunderstandings among eating disorders and nutrition in our Myth vs. Fact section.


Myth or Fact?


Eating disorders are a cry for attention.




This is false! Eating disorders are serious, complex, biologically based illnesses that develop from a complicated interplay between one's personal biological make-up and environmental factors. Eating disorders are no more a cry for attention than illnesses such as diabetes, depression, or cancer. In fact, many sufferers are very secretive about their illness and may go to great lengths to disguise the symptoms related to their disorder.

Get Your Tickets

The Emily Program Foundation is holding their 2nd Annual unmaskED Gala on March 7, 2015. Early bird pricing ends Feb. 7. Get your tickets today!

Stay Connected

Stay inspired and 'in the know' by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our Blog.


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Mark's Musings

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is nearly here, Feb. 22-28, and The Emily Program is busy preparing for events we're hosting in Ohio, Minnesota and Washington. 


Having an eating disorder awareness week itself is quite a triumph since the notion of eating disorders is quite recent. Anorexia Nervosa was not identified as an eating disorder until 1975. Bulimia Nervosa was not recognized as an eating disorder until 1979. And, it was only last year that Binge Eating Disorder was recognized as an official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.


The good news is our awareness has grown tremendously in the past 20 years and even more in the past 10 years. Our options for assessment, diagnosis and treatment are far better than they used to be, yet our tasks are still enormous.


Recent advances in treatment, and our understanding of the biological and neuroscience of eating disorders sits outside of awareness not only in our culture, but even for most people who see clients with eating disorders. Therefore, Eating Disorder Awareness Week and the message of the week must continue year-round.


We must make sure that everyone who may come into contact with someone with one of these life-threatening disorders - medical professionals, school counselors, ERs, coaches, among others - understand what an eating disorder is, the advances in treatment and how to help individuals get treatment.


Only good assessment and diagnosis, followed by quality treatment will help those that suffer from an eating disorder. While the media may glorify both image and behaviors that are dangerous, we can utilize the awareness that it brings to us and that we bring to Eating Disorder Awareness Week to truly help those who are in need.


Mark Warren, MD

Chief Medical Officer, The Emily Program

Eating Disorders Awareness Events

February marks our chance to amplify the work we do throughout the year. We have the unique opportunity to partner with colleges, universities, and other community members who also want to build awareness around eating disorders.


This month our staff will be working coast-to-coast to discuss eating disorders and their devastating effects on individuals, families, and communities. And to let people know that recovery is possible. 


In Minnesota:

Feb. 5 from 6:30-8pm at St. John's University. Hilmar Wagner, registered dietitian at The Emily Program will present on Males and Eating Disorders. 


Feb. 22 at 8am We are a sponsor of the NEDA walk at Mall of America, Rotunda. Walk begins at 9am. More information can be found here.


Feb. 23 at 9pm The Emily Program will present on eating disorders and treatment at Winona State University.


In Ohio:

Feb. 23 from 11am-1pm at Mount Union College 

We're exhibiting at the student union. Please stop by if you have questions or want more information about eating disorders or The Emily Program. We'd love to meet you!


Feb. 24 from 6:30-9pm at John Carroll University

There will be a movie screening of Beauty Mark, a documentary about athletes and eating disorders. Following the movie an expert panel will be discussing eating disorders. Mark Warren, chief medical officer at The Emily Program will be part of this panel. The Emily Program is supplying beverages and popcorn. Click here to download the flyer.


Feb. 28 at 2pm at Akron-Summit County Public Library,
Main Branch Auditorium

The Emily Program has partnered with RED Company to present Skins, a unique educational performing arts event
that explores the topics of eating disorders and negative body image. This is free and open to the public. Dr. Mark Warren is the guest speaker at this event. Click here to download the flyer for more information.


Mar. 5 and Mar. 6 at Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Mark Warren and Ellen Hoffman will present "Embodiment, eating disorders and the brain: New discoveries, best approaches" at this 2-day professional conference. Download the flyer here.


In Washington: 

Feb. 16 at 7pm at Washington State University's Kappa Alpha Theta. We'll be talking about dieting and disordered eating and the dangers of these behaviors. 


Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 The Emily Program will be on-site at Bastyr University as part of eating disorder awareness week. 


Feb. 25 at St. Martin's University. Stacy Schilter-Pisano, The Emily Program - South Sound site director will discuss eating disorders, their affect on individuals, and treatment.


Feb. 26 at Eastern Washington University. Tiffany Hammer, The Emily Program outreach specialist will talk about the dangers of dieting and disordered eating. 


In Montana: 

Feb. 10 at 11am at Benefis Hospital Great Falls in Montana. Our WA State Director Krista Crotty and our Chief Strategy Officer Jillian Lampert will co-present a complimentary CE event on Family Participation in Eating Disorder Treatment. Providers interested in this training must RSVP to Tiffany Hammer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click here for more information.

Incorporating Yoga into Eating Disorder Treatment

Yoga has become more and more mainstream over the past decade, providing many women and men a way to connect their mind, body, and breath. 


We believe that many can benefit from practicing yoga, especially those who struggle with eating disorders. At The Emily Program, yoga is integrated into treatment -- from outpatient care to 24/7 residential treatment. For this reason, Lisa Diers, nutrition director and yoga services manager at The Emily Program, has started a yoga video series. The series consists of short videos that take individuals through a pose that you can do in the comfort of your home. Our first video is the pose legs up the wall with a guided meditation. 


We are so excited to debut this series. And we hope that you find peace, balance, and mind-body connection in your practice.


A message from Lisa Diers, RD, LD, ERYT:


The first of our TEP yoga series begins with a classic pose for cultivating relaxation, aiding in stress reduction, and promoting a gentle stretch in the legs. In this video, you will see the pose in its more traditional form. However, there are several variations that can be taken to meet your current needs. Some physical modifications may include relaxing in this pose while lying in your bed, or by placing a folded blanket under your low back or head for added support. Other options could include using an eye pillow or incorporating aromatherapy. It's all about doing what feels good in your body and listening to what it needs. 


Read the rest of Lisa's message on our blog


Legs Up the Wall 


Staff Spotlight
Danielle Baker The Emily Program Therapist

Danielle Baker, MA, LAMFT, Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 


Danielle joined The Emily Program team in St. Louis Park in September 2013. She always had an interest in eating disorder treatment and found it to be a fascinating field. Right from the get-go, she could tell The Emily Program was going to be a great fit for her both personally and professionally.


"I was looking forward to working for a well-known agency that had a great reputation in the field of eating disorders and mental health treatment," Danielle said. "It was also very appealing that The Emily Program offered a great pre-licensure track for clinicians who were new to the field. The training program has been a great part of my work to further develop my skills as a clinician."


Danielle spends her days conducting individual, family and couples therapy on an outpatient basis. She also conducts assessments and case manages clients who enter the Intensive Outpatient Program in St. Louis Park.


She graduated from The College of Saint Benedict with a degree in dietetics and went on to earn a master's degree in marriage and family therapy at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.


Learn more about Danielle and why we think she stands out!


TEP: What is the No. 1 question parents ask in IOP?

Danielle: One of the questions I get asked frequently when a higher level of care is recommended is "What is this level of care going to provide that I can't do on my own or that I cannot get through outpatient services?"


The first thing I offer clients and loved ones is that an increase in intensity of care may be what is necessary to make substantial change with regard to eating disorder behaviors. Also, participating in group therapy allows clients to experience and learn from others, feel supported by and offer support to peers, and to know they are not alone in their struggles.


TEP: Any advice for a client entering IOP for the first time?

Danielle: Based on my experience, the first advice I'd offer is to use their time wisely. I always encourage my clients to make the experience their own and to consider how they can get the most out of their time in programming.


TEP: Favorite winter activity?

Danielle: In the winter I most enjoy heading up to the cabin with family and friends to enjoy time together snowmobiling and playing games in front of the fireplace.

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