New “Real Life” experiences prepare patients for life beyond treatment

Posted on 11/15/11 12:10:pm

Fitness and nutrition makes the difference for eating disorder patients


Part of treatment at Rogers Memorial Hospital’s Eating Disorder Centerincludes nutrition and fitness experiences that help prepare patients for some of the most challenging aspects of returning home, including fitness and meal planning.

“A big part of residential treatment is developing a tool set that works for patients when they leave our center” said Dr. Theodore Weltzin, FAED, Medical Director of Eating Disorder Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital. “You should come out of residential treatment with tools for dealing with your challenges.”

Introducing “daily living skills” as well as “fitness and wellness” programming to patients while they are still in treatment helps them to prepare for the eating, grocery shopping, menu planning and exercise routines that will undeniably be part of their life once they get home.

At least three times a week, patients at the Eating Disorder Center at Rogers participate in groups that promote the role that food plays in everyone’s day-to-day life. Meal planning, trips to the grocery store, cooking, eating as a group, and etiquette are all part of the life-skills that a patient gets to experience while they are in treatment.

Working in these “real life” situations, patients participate in cooking and grocery shopping with direct and immediate access to support from their peers and Rogers experienced staff.

“We want to give them a chance to ‘try out’ an experience that they’re going to have at home. We want to help them master and be successful with those tasks while they’re in treatment, so that they can expect that they’re going to be successful later, at home,” said Weltzin.

Along those same lines, fitness and wellness programs, including yoga stretching, relaxation and other fitness activities are, as appropriate, developed for each patient in treatment at the Eating Disorder Center.

Treatment for patients with compulsive and addictive exercise issues includes a therapeutic plan that helps them learn to exercise healthfully. “The goal is to increase awareness and implement a healthy and enjoyable level of wellness in the individual’s life,” Weltzin said.

Find out more about other aspects of Rogers’ treatment approach , or request a screening.


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