Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Category: mindful eating

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Moving Toward Recovery II

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Ecotherapy with Eating Disorders

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Managing Anxiety

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Nurturing Oneself Through The Holidays

Written by Caroline Liebman, MA, NCC, BC-DMT  As I look out the windows from my office at McCallum Place, I can see the golden yellow, burnt red, and bright orange leaves of a changing season. It is a glorious time here in the Midwest. I am immediately reminded that “change” is in the air. The temperature … Read More

How Eating Disorders Affect Sports Performance

Written by Ron A. Thompson, PhD, FAED, CEDS When talking with athletes and coaches about eating disorders, the question I am often asked is how eating disorders affect sport performance. This is an important question because some athletes tell me that their performance actually improved when they began disordered eating behaviors (i.e., restricted eating, weight … Read More

Mindfulness Meditation and Anxiety

By Cliff Hamrick, LPC, Therapist with McCallum Place Austin Mindfulness meditation is an old idea that is gaining new prominence in mental health treatment. Mindfulness mediation is an ancient practice of disciplining the mind so you are now in charge instead of your mind.  To explain how this works, let me use the example of … Read More

NEDA Week Activity: Practice Mindful Eating

Mindful eating practices are effective in eliminating binge eating and helping one build a healthy relationship with food. By noticing and appreciating the flavors, textures, colors, aromas and anticipation of that next bite the experience of eating can become a pleasurable one — free of guilt and shame. Start small- challenge yourself to start each meal today by … Read More