CAPS and UHS collaboration promotes healthy eating through HEALS

September 17, 2012

Anorexia and bulimia are common among college-aged women and men. Effective treatment of disordered eating involves treating the emotional and physical effects. Penn State Healthy Eating and Living Support (HEALS) is collaboration between the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and University Health Services (UHS) created to help students with all aspects of food, weight or body image issues.

The HEALS team includes physicians, dieticians and mental health providers working together to guide and support students as they make changes for healthier eating and living.

Warning signs that a student may suffer from disordered eating include:

-- Excessive concern with weight and appearance
-- Internal discord about what and how much to eat
-- So much time spent thinking about calories and meal planning that it interferes with daily activities
-- Exercising compulsively or feeling terrible if a day of exercise is missed
-- Binge eating
-- Vomiting after meals or following a binge
-- Using laxatives or water pills (diuretics)

There are a number of ways that students can get started with HEAL. Students can call UHS at 814-863-0774 and request an appointment with the case manager or begin with an appointment with a registered dietician by calling 814-863-0461. Students can also get started by calling CAPS at 814-863-0395 and requesting a phone triage.

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