(Oconomowoc, WI) On October 23, 2012, Theodore E. Weltzin, M.D., FAED, Medical Director of Eating Disorders Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital, will present “Eating Disorders During the Holidays: Awareness and Healthy Coping Strategies” from noon to 1:00 p.m. CST. The webinar is featured as part of an educational series sponsored by Cigna, a global health service company.
“Coping skills are critical for the holidays, especially for those with compulsive disorders,” Dr. Weltzin, a leading authority in the treatment and research of eating disorders, said. “Many holiday festivities are centered on eating and on special foods, and it can be a very stressful time. This webinar is designed to build awareness and offer healthy tips for managing these situations.”
In addition, those who have eating disorders like bulimia are more at risk during the holidays. “People are just more likely to overeat during the holidays,” Dr. Weltzin continued. “It’s not just the fact they are overeating – it’s also the types of food they are eating. Being aware of these situations and planning for ways to keep from overeating is important for everyone, but especially for those with compulsive eating disorders. Managing the ‘triggers’ is especially important to navigating the holidays. I will offer some important guidelines to help.”
No registration is required to listen to the free webinar. Simply call the toll-free number – 866-564-7440 – at the scheduled time. When prompted, enter the code: 9026721.
A Nationally Respected Leader in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Rogers Memorial Hospital provides a full continuum of evidence-based care for children, adolescents and adults. The staff works with each patient to achieve nutritional stability, identify and correct errors in thinking, and address obstacles to recovery. Specialized programs are aimed at getting to the core issue through custom, hands-on therapy by some of the country’s leading eating disorders specialists. In addition, Rogers offers the country’s only specialized residential eating disorders treatment for adults and adolescents with co-occurring anxiety disorders and the hospital was also the nation’s very first provider to offer exclusive eating disorders treatment for men and boys. Family education and involvement is a key component. Overseen by three full-time board-certified psychiatrists who specialize in treating eating disorders (Dr. Weltzin, Dr. Tracey Cornella Carlson and Dr. Brad Smith), Rogers’ treatment team works to address each patient nutritionally and psychologically, as well as to manage medical issues common to eating disorders.
Rogers is also recognized for publishing its research studies and outcomes. Dr. Weltzin and his colleagues have recently published an article in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. Rogers’ Eating Disorder Center conducts ongoing studies to evaluate program effectiveness and increase knowledge in the field of eating disorders. Patients who agree to participate are asked at admission and discharge to complete a series of questionnaires. Follow-up calls on progress are made periodically after discharge to track their continuing recovery. Study findings are presented at national and international conferences and published in peer-reviewed medical literature.