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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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.
  • 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 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.

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Unbalanced Exercise in Athletes

Written by Riley Nickols, PhD Sport Psychological Resident, Therapist

The Fall season is upon us. As such, students and teachers are in the middle of the school semester and athletes are in the midst of their respective Fall sport. A change in seasons could be a helpful reminder to be aware of changes in exercise and/or nutrition that could characterize unbalanced exercise.  According to Powers and Thompson (2008), signs and symptoms of unbalanced exercise can include:

  • Exercise as the individual’s primary means of coping
  • Exercise continues to occur despite injury
  • Withdrawal effects (i.e., sleep and appetite disturbance, negative shift in mood, decreased concentration) occur when exercise is withheld
  • Overuse injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Menstrual irregularity in women or a decrease in testosterone levels in men
  • Loss of bone density
  • Decreased immunity resulting in frequent colds and/or upper respiratory tract infections
  • Inflexibility of exercise schedule (i.e., unwillingness to alter schedule, decrease exercise duration, or abstain from exercise)
  • Decrease in sport or exercise performance
  • “Overtraining Syndrome” (Staleness)

Proper nutrition is also essential to meet the energy demands of exercise and sport. When the energy demands of exercise and sport exceed sufficient nutritional intake, prominent physiological (i.e., decrease in bone density, increase in overuse/stress fracture injuries, decrease in hormonal levels) and psychological (i.e., cognitive processing impairments/delays, emotional instability, concentration/focus difficulties) complications are likely to result that not only negatively impacts daily functioning, exercise/sport performance, and recovery between workouts, but should also warrant immediate treatment to address these areas of concern.    Unbalanced exercise is often a feature of eating disorders as exercise can be used to compensate for eating “too much” or as an attempt to offset the effects of feeling “too full” after eating. Similar to transforming an individual’s relationship with food and their body, staff at McCallum Place work collaboratively with individuals to help re-shape their relationship with exercise throughout treatment.

Learn more about The Victory Program at McCallum Place at 800-828-8158.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in sport psychology, Riley realized that he wanted to work with athletes’ clinical issues along with their sport performance. That led him to obtaining a Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology. Further, he became interested in athletes with eating disorders, so he sought out a doctoral internship at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia in New York. Never losing his interest in athletes, his doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between self-confidence and anxiety among triathletes and runners before and after competition. His research also focused on the psychological experiences of athletes returning to competition after experiencing season-ending injuries. Riley now specializes in treating athletes with eating disorders and is sensitive to the unique demands of recovery in relation to training and competing in sport. In addition to competing in endurance sports for over 15 years, Riley is a running coach and a USA Triathlon coach.