Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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.

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How Families can Support Their Loved Ones While Integrating Exercise into ED Treatment by Amanda Tierney

Hello Sport Parents, let me introduce myself,

I am Amanda Schlitzer Tierney, MS, CSCS. I am the eating disorder & health at every size (HAES) informed and sensitive fitness professional at The Victory Program at McCallum Place and Owner/Founder of Discovering Balance: Fitness Coaching and Support. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and have my Master’s in Sport Science and Exercise Psychology.

After almost losing a friend and teammate to an eating disorder (ED), I decided to solely focus my energy on helping competitive and recreational athletes/exercisers as they work to heal and rediscover their relationship to fitness and sport training while in ED treatment.

When I first started in the field of ED treatment in 2006 there were limited resources and guidance on how to safely reintegrate joyful movement and sport training into the treatment model. I felt quite alone in my role. I started having conversations with other eating disorder professionals on the significance of incorporating fitness training into treatment and providing specialized care to athletes/exercisers, as they work though the eating disorder recovery process.

For the past 15 years, I have been privileged to have matchless opportunities to immerse myself into the treatment process. I am truly grateful for the support, guidance and reassurance that I received in the beginning of my career as I navigated a way to mesh all of my passions into one job. Many individuals have shared that addressing the exercise component has been the “missing piece” of their recovery puzzle. It’s an honor to work side-by-side as our clients and athletes reintegrate exercise and sport training into their lives.

It’s been so wonderful seeing the network of eating disorder and sport and rehabilitation professionals continue to grow. I am overjoyed by the momentum around incorporating sport and joyful movement into ED treatment. The insights that I will share come from my lens and experience of working with athletes/exercisers undergoing ED treatment and my newly cherished role as a mom!

What role do you play as a strength and conditioning coach in eating disorder recovery?

My role is to help bridge the gap between research and clinical practice, as well as communicate and collaborate with all of the key players involved in the care and development of our patient-athletes. It’s important for me to meet each individual “where they are” and cultivate trust and transparency; to provide supervision, guidance and support during the challenging, yet important, work of (re)establishing a balanced and sustainable relationship to physical activity and sport training.

During the healing process, my hope is to create a compassionate and non-judgmental space to restore confidence and rediscover passion, both in sport and in life. I truly believe that with the right mix of supervision, support, clear guidance and intentional practice, an unbalanced familiarity with fitness can develop into a joyful experience that is both safe and sacred.

How families can support their loved ones while integrating exercise into ED treatment:

  • Early detection and referral is essential for the opportunity for optimal recovery
  • Be able to spot the signs and symptoms of eating disorders/unwholesome relationship to exercise
  • Get to know your local eating disorder treatment providers
  • Advocate for the appropriate care for your child
  • Verify that treatment providers are working within their scope of practice and expertise
  • Remember that eating disorders are not a sign of weakness
    • Eating disorders are medical conditions that need treatment
    • Eating disorders are considered a metabolic injury
  • Develop a supportive and non-judgemental space for communication
  • Communicate and collaborate with your child’s treatment team
  • Provide consistent messaging and support
  • Seek out ED informed and sensitive fitness professionals and coaches
    • Words have lasting meaning
  • Confirm that your child’s coaches are creating a safe and supportive training environment
  • Make sure coaches are:
    • encouraging proper fueling and training habits
    • emphasizing rest and recovery days
    • promoting sport-life balance
    • supporting interests outside of athletics
  • Be aware of the added sport and pressures that children face from coaches, peers, siblings, parents, judges, and the media which frequently can lead to increased body dissatisfaction, injury, decreased athletic performance and loss of passion for sport and life.
  • Monitor your child’s overall sense of well-being:
    • Levels of weakness and fatigue
    • Muscle loss and soreness that lingers longer than typically expected
    • Slow recovery times post physical exertion
    • Plateau or decline in strength, conditioning and overall performance
  • Understand that performance success in sport does not always equal good health
  • Educate yourself on the various factors and body functions that are impacted by improper fueling and training
    • See the International Olympic Committee’s consensus statement of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S – 2018)
  • Evaluate your own relationship with body, food and exercise
  • Be mindful of the messages you send to your children about food and weight
    • Explore how these messages impact your child
  • Show your child that you care about their short and long term health
    • Emphasize their overall well-being
  • Be willing and open to talk to your child able their struggles with unbalanced eating or risky exercise habits
  • Set boundaries to preserve your own emotional well-being

Please note that athletic performance may not initially decline. Performance may even be enhanced in the short term, but a low energy state is not sustainable and could create more health risks. Keep in mind that your child’s health may be dangerously compromised, even if they don’t display signs and symptoms of disordered eating. Their vital signs and labs may fall within normal ranges and it is common that a child may report feeling “fine” while underplaying their struggles and believing that they can manage their difficulties on their own! Remember, you are a key component in the recovery process by supporting your child and encouraging them to follow through with treatment appointment and recommendations. Hold the line with unified treatment guidelines, in a supportive and compassionate way. Parents, you play such an important and supportive role in the connection that your child has with their body, food and sport. Having a balanced relationship with fitness and sport training is absolutely possible!

*Original blog content created for Family Eating Disorders (FED) Connect.  To learn more about their services, visit

About Amanda Schlitzer Tierney, MS, CSCS, Strength and Conditioning Coach

Amanda Schlitzer Tierney is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds her Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Lock Haven University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. Amanda is currently the Co-Chair of the Association for Applied Sports Psychology: Eating Disorder Special Interest Group. Amanda has been working with athletes and non-athletes with eating disorders since 2006. Over the years, Amanda gained a wide-range of knowledge for this specialized population and found her true passion: helping individuals incorporate balanced exercise into the recovery environment. Amanda’s goal as a Strength and Conditioning Coach is working with individuals to help identify unhealthy exercise thoughts and behaviors and supporting them in redefining their relationship with fitness. She aims to help her patients find a balance between challenging the body and bringing the fun back to exercise. She encourages listening to one’s body cues and adequate fueling to maintain a healthy body and mind.   Amanda’s target reaches beyond the patient and she strives to educate athletes, teams, coaches, parents, athletic trainers, and sport medicine personnel on how work with this specialized population.

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