Nutrition and Treatment
We know the benefits of a sound nutritional plan. Our implementation of an evidence-based nutritional program in collaboration with Kathy Duran-Thal, director of nutrition at Cooper Wellness Program, has had a marked positive effect on our girls' affect, self-esteem, physical health, and resilience. Good tasting, nutritious food combined with regular exercise serves to accelerate and improve the treatment process.
Our nutritional program consists of the following elements:
- Menus are approved by a credentialed nutritionist.
- Our cooks are trained by Kathy Duran-Thal, the director of nutrition at Cooper Wellness Program.
- We educate our students and staff on nutrition, balanced eating, and portion maintenance.
- We make a point to include fresh fruits, fish, and whole grains in our students' diet.
- Snacks are provided in an effort to model healthy, tasty choices.
- Variety in diet is used to teach students that healthy nutrition can be fun, tasty, and exciting.
- We include the student in her meal planning and preparation.
- We make our kitchen and dining areas a nurturing environment so that the emotional experience around food is positive.
- Many teenagers and young adults do not like to eat certain healthy foods due to their presentation. Our cooks present food in a manner that invites healthy consumption.
We also value fitness as a complement to good nutrition. A combination of fitness with healthy eating can greatly affect a student's motivation, mood and attitude. We take the following steps to promote and emphasize fitness:
- Daily exercise or PE classes including running, yoga, dance, and team sport activities.
- Train for and participate in local 5k runs.
- Participate in hikes to emphasize fitness and accomplishment while doing healthy leisure activities.
- Staff members participate in the exercise programs and the runs to promote healthy fitness through example.