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September 2014 News & Tips
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September 2014
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To see people break through old barriers and smile at each other again
and to see it happen right there in the office and know that change
just happened - well that's just thrilling. 

- An Emily Program Therapist 

In This Issue
The Freshman 15
Expanding in WA
Community Events
Mindful Moment

Even with the best of maps and instruments, we can never fully chart our journeys. 

~ Gail Pool 


Recovery Night 

September 9, 2014  


Kristin Sczublewski & Amy K will speak about their experiences with an eating disorder and the recovery process.

Amy was raised in a high achieving family and began striving toward high achievement at a young age. As a high school freshman, the desires to control her successes reared into Anorexia, later becoming Bulimia. Her struggles with her eating disorder cost her the very success she had been striving to achieve. Her goal of a Division 1 athletic scholarship was no longer obtainable due to the breakdown of her body. After a 7 year battle with her eating disorder, Amy came to a place of full recovery. She is blessed to have found redemption in the trials of her eating disorder, as she is now able to walk alongside other young women in their journey to recovery. 


Kristin was a freshman in high school when she began to struggle with her eating disorder. As a star basketball and tennis player, she used the support of her coaches and twin sister to push through the eating disorder throughout high school. Kristin continued to play basketball in college where she faced many new challenges that primed her eating disorder for a severe, almost fatal, relapse. The support of her family and friends, eating disorder professionals at The Emily Program and her faith in God helped her make a full recovery. She will share her experiences of being an athlete with an eating disorder and other life lessons she has learned on her journey.

Date: September 9

Time: 6:30-8 PM 
2265 Como Ave, lower level, St. Paul, MN 55108

Recovery Night is a night of inspiration and hope, and occurs the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This is a free event that is open to the community. 
TEP Blog Posts 

Catch up on some reading:


A Very Important List


(Video) "Ask Emily": Speaking Up Against Harmful Advertising

The Meaning of a Birthday


Free Substance Use Disorder-Eating Disorder CEU Event


What Parents & Teens Should Know About Eating Disorder Treatment


(Video) "Ask Emily": Overeating For Too Long


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The Idea of "The Freshman 15" 

Every college student - male or female - hears about the one thing they do not want to drag home with them when they young-adult-student.jpg return for Christmas break and that is the dreaded "Freshman 15".  The idea of the "Freshman 15" started after many kids, away from home for the first time and perhaps not used to cafeteria style dining, drifted towards the "comfort" carbs in reaction to homesickness, stress or simply the novelty of eating different - and yummy - foods.  How often this actually does happen to new college students isn't really known but the concept has reached mythic proportions in the lore of the "going to college" experience.

At The Emily Program, we recognize that times of stress and transition can bring on a change in eating habits, especially for people who have a biological, emotional and psychological tendency to develop an eating disorder.  Even people who might not develop an eating disorder, might partake in "disordered eating" as they are away from home for the first time. This can be overeating (i.e. the freshman 15) or undereating also.  In an effort to escape the weight gain many freshmen fear, some students may restrict or eliminate entire food groups altogether and come home at Christmas having lost a great deal of weight. Both ends of the spectrum are not uncommon during this transitional life period.

There is always a lot of media this time of year about how to avoid the Freshman 15 but that is usually not good advice either. Sticking to fruits, vegetables and protein doesn't leave a lot of room for the dorm room pizza or midnight trips to the vending machine after studying - all of which are normal and enjoyable college rites of passage. Viewing foods as either "good" or "bad" is symptomatic of eating disordered thinking so eating a well balanced diet that includes all foods - including pizza and ice cream - is a great practice to follow. The Emily Program Registered Dietitian, Sina Tesky, offers some great ideas for college students' food choices as they maneuver the unfamiliar landscape of being away from home. 

Here are some signs to look for that might indicate your loved one could be struggling with an eating disorder (or the beginning of one):

  • Excessive weight loss or weight gain during the first semester of school. However, it is important to note that oftentimes weight loss or gain is not present with an eating disorder. So it is vital to look for other signs as well.
  • A preoccupation with exercise and a refusal to eat certain food groups
  • Eating large quantities of a particular food group, usually carbs and sugar, often in a secretive way - with or without a compensatory behavior. (Compensatory behavior would be excessive exercise, vomiting or fasting after a binge).
  • An uncharacteristic increase in anxiety or depressive symptoms; sometimes a flat mood with little emotion is present.

If your child or loved one exhibits any of these signs, the best thing to do is talk to him/her about what is going on and what he/she is feeling in a non-judgmental, non-threatening way. Asking questions is a great way to start the conversation. 

If you are confused or have questions about what might be going on, please visit our website to learn more about eating disorders. Or call us at 1-888-364-5977.  

Expanding Services Throughout Washington

Now Open! The Emily Program - South Sound (Lacey, WA)


Brimming with excitement, The South Sound staff gathered for a quick photo op before walking into the office on August 18.The Emily Program - South Sound (Lacey), WA staff


The Emily Program - South Sound provides outpatient eating disorder treatment to people of all ages and genders. Our experienced staff offer:

  • Eating Disorder Assessments
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family-Based Therapy
  • Medical Services
  • Nutritional Counseling and Evaluations
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs
  • Partial Hospitalization Programs

If you would like to schedule an appointment or refer a client, please call us at 1-888-EMILY-77 (364-5977). 


Spokane, WA Partial plus Lodging Opening Soon!


The Emily Program is here to help clients struggling with eating disorders, wherever they are from. In our new Spokane lodging location, we'll offer safe, home-like lodging for adult women over 18 who are participating in our intensive programming.

Partial plus Lodging is an option for those who don't live near a treatment center, but could benefit from participating in an intensive program. It is also an option for those stepping down from a higher level of treatment needing the intensity and structure of intensive treatment but who are ready to practice recovery outside residential programming. 

This will be our second Partial plus Lodging in Washington. We also have Neptune Lodging, located in Seattle. Watch our blog for more information about Spokane Partial plus Lodging.

Join Us! Upcoming Community & Professional Events



Sept 27 NAMI Walk. Get your ED awareness shirt and
email The Emily Program Outreach Specialist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to register to walk with The Emily Program team (ED awareness shirts are not required to walk with the team).


Oct 3 Free CEU Event with Mark Warren, MD

Males and Eating Disorders Seminar
8:30-10:30 AM at The Emily Program - St. Louis Park

Click here for more information and to register.




Oct 18 NEDA Walk. Stop by our booth and say 'hello'. We'd love to see you there!




Sept 22 Spokane Journal Club. Join other professionals to discuss Temperament. This will be held at The Emily Program - Spokane from 8:30-10:00 AM.


Oct 8 South South Open House. Join us to celebrate our newest location. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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