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Monthly News & Tips
January 2015
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 The program works because it is based on patience and a willingness to change thinking
in ways that lead to physical recovery.
-An Emily Program Client
In This Issue
Myth vs Fact
Tickets on Sale
Mark's Musings
New Website
Staff Spotlight
Mindful Moment

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

~Margaret Lee Runbeck
TEP Blog

Catch up on some reading:


"Ask Emily" New Year's Resolutions (video)


Tips for the Holidays: Planning for and Enjoying the Gathering (Part 1)


Tips for the Holidays: Social Support (Part 2)


Tips for the Holidays: Additional Activities & General Thoughts (Part 3)


Are You Pregnant?


Vegan and in Recovery


"Ask Emily" Social Media (video)


Butterfly Love 2


Telling Our Truths

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? Dieting is normal adolescent behavior.




While fad dieting or body image concerns have become "normal" features of adolescent life in Western cultures, dieting or frequent and/or extreme dieting can be a risk factor for developing an eating disorder. It is especially a risk factor for young people with family histories of eating disorders and depression, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. A focus on health, well-being, and healthy body image and acceptance is preferable. Any dieting should be monitored.


Learn more about eating disorders and eating disorder treatment

Recovery Night

In St. Paul, MN:

January 13 from 6:30-8 PM at 2265 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN


This month a parent shares their perspective on supporting the recovery process for their daughter.


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


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


March 2, June 1, September 14


In Seattle, WA:

January 8 from 6:30-8 PM at 1700 Westlake Av N, Ste 700, Seattle, WA


This month we have two speakers. Tiffany Hammer shares her recovery story. And David will talk about his journey to recovery from binge and compulsive eating.


Additional Recovery Nights will be held in Seattle on April 13 and July 13 from 6-8 PM.


In Lacey, WA:
Upcoming Recovery Nights will be held from 6:30-8 PM at 673 Woodland Sq Loop SE, Ste 200, Lacey, WA: 


February 12, May 7, August 6
Get Your Tickets

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

Mark's Musings
Mark Warren MD The Emily Program Chief Medical Officer
Mark Warren, MD

As we think ahead to what this New Year will bring with an eating disorder, some of us may already be implementing our New Year's resolutions. Some of them may be centered around eating, stopping behaviors or maybe even recovery. (Remember, aim for daily goals, instead of an entire year to set yourself up for success.)  


But, what do we mean when we talk about recovery? Some people use the term "recovered," others say "recovery," and yet others don't use either. When someone enters into treatment, either that person or their loved ones want to know our success rate. Of course, this presents the question, "Success as measured by what?" As a field, we are at a loss on this question.


Treatment programs focus on medical stability, stopping behaviors and regaining lost weight. This is critical, but it is only the beginning. There is a universal desire for: a life of love, fulfillment, ability to enjoy pleasurable things, accomplishment, comfort and purpose.


We all want to feel comfortable in our own skin and to appreciate ourselves. We want to stop feeling shame about our bodies and our identity. Our path to these things is so varied and different, yet they are the goals that many aspire to reach.


In the end, I think the goal of eating disorder treatment must constantly evolve. A treatment program should take you to a place of medical stability, a decrease or cessation of behaviors, and provide you with psycho-education on the disorder. However, life and experience must take you the rest of the way.


Treatment programs should lead to good therapy and the building of healthy communities and relationships. This is lifelong work, and being able to accomplish this work is the most important sign of recovery. To recover we need to change, to change we need to accept, to accept we need to be honest and open to our own experience and to hear the voices of others.


Mark Warren, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, The Emily Program Has A New Look

We are excited to showcase our fresh, new website


Over the past couple of years we have been compiling the feedback we've received from clients and staff, and have incorporated that feedback into our new website. It's our hope that the new design allows quick and easy access to the information you are seeking.  

Feedback is always welcome. Feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your comments and suggestions about the new website.

Staff Spotlight

Katie Dent, Outreach Specialist 


Katie joined the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders team as the office manager in 2007 - back when there were only 7 employees! Now, The Emily Program employs over 400 people nationwide!


Over the past few years Katie was charged with keeping the office running smoothly, dabbling in a little bit of everything - from scheduling appointments to training new employees to planning events.


But in 2015, all that is going to change. Katie will transition into the outreach specialist role at The Emily Program-Cleveland. In her new role, she will spend her days reaching out to surrounding Northeast Ohio physicians and treatment centers to educate them on our programs and services.


"I'm interested in marketing because after eight years, I feel like I truly understand how we treat eating disorders and I've seen much success in our clients," she said. "So, I think I'm the best person to go out into the community and explain what we do and how we treat our clients."


Katie's hope is The Emily Program will soon become a household name and its programs will be full of people getting the help they need.


Learn more about Katie and why we think she stands out.  


TEP: Most challenging part about your position?
Katie: The hardest part is leaving a position that I created and expanded upon - not to mention one I was good at - to move into a new position that also must be created and grown in this area. It's scary sometimes to do new things, but this is definitely something I'm passionate about. So for me, this is a great challenge.


TEP: What makes you want to come to work each morning?

Katie: To me, my job is very important and I'm a necessary part of the team. The work that The Emily Program does changes lives and makes a difference in our community. I am a part of that and it feels great.


TEP: Any New Year's resolutions?

Katie: This year I hope to be nicer to my family, friends and colleagues; to want what I have and let go of the things I don't; waste less; and travel more.

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