Friday, November 30, 2007



Contact: Tamara Noyes, Business Development Director

Company Name: Center For Change

Voice Phone Number: 801-224-8255

Fax Number: 801-224-8301

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Center For Change now offers a specialized intensive treatment track for clients that are currently in residential treatment and will be returning to the referring facility. Clients that have recently completed an inpatient or residential treatment program are also eligible for this specialty track. We have a 45 to 60 day program designed to aggressively treat the client’s eating disorder in a specialized and caring environment. Our goal is to stabilize the client’s maladaptive behaviors and provide her with new approaches to food and body image that will enable her to successfully complete treatment at your facility and regain her life. Clients will receive comprehensive medical, psychiatric, psychological and dietary interventions during the course of treatment. Clients will initially have four individual therapy sessions per week with our highly trained therapists and also have weekly visits with a psychiatrist, medical doctor, and dietitian; we also provide 24 hour nursing coverage. We work in conjunction with the referring facility and have weekly updates and phone sessions with the referring facility to ensure a smooth transition of care. We provide a comprehensive aftercare and dietary plan for the client that is tailored to the environment that she is returning to. We also will be available for weekly follow-up consultations once the client has been discharged from our program and returned to the referring facility to help promote a full recovery.

The key components of our specialty program include:

  • Extensive evaluation and assessment process
  • Medical stabilization and monitoring
  • Ongoing laboratory checks and medication evaluation
  • Specialized structure for managing eating disorder symptoms and patterns
  • Body image and body movement groups
  • Weekly dietary sessions, real-life dining experiences, and nutritional counseling
  • Intuitive eating model
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Specialty groups focusing on trauma, abuse, anxiety and depression
  • 12-Step group for addictive patterns
  • Life skills training including cooking classes
  • Art and experiential groups

Please contact Pam Kidd, our Admissions Director, at 888-224-8250 if you have any questions or need additional information. We look forward to working together to bring hope and healing to these incredible adolescent and adult women.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Normal-Sized Models and Health for Bigger Bodies

Normal-Sized Models and Health for Bigger Bodies ...article by Don Altman, MA, LPC @ Mindfulpractices

Here's some positive news. The company behind Skippy Peanut Butter and Lipton Tea (Unilever) announced recently that it would no longer use "super slim" actors and models in its advertising. The company is advising its advertising agencies to use models who fall into the BMI range from 18.5 to 25.

Having more normal sized models and actors selling products can only be beneficial for those who are vulnerable to the idea that thin is "in" and the only standard of beauty. There's more good news about not being thin that has been in the news lately from the Imperial College in London, England...

Molecular imaging professor Dr. Jimmy Bell and his research team have done MRIs on over 800 people since 1994 in an effort to create "fat maps" of where fat is stored in the body. His research shows that those who maintain weight through diet as opposed to exercise have major deposits of fat surrounding internal organs-- even if they have an externally thin body.

In response to the findings, Dr. Bell says, "the whole concept of being fat needs to be redefined." The good news here is that exercise and an improved diet helps to burn off internal fat that can surround and streak throughout vital organs. This is supportive of the health at any size movement, where long-term activity has been shown to be important to health and fitness.

Here's where mindfulness can help. Being aware of how and when "convenience" reduces our activity can be one factor towards changing habits that make us sedentary. Parking the car further away from the store, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and making time to spend 20 minutes walking after lunch can integrate activity and health into our busy lives.