You can expect a conversation about your current eating habits and how food fits into your life. Nutrition information seems to inundate us, but is not always accurate, and speaking with a registered dietitian is a reliable way to learn about nutrition and have your concerns addressed. The dietitian will need some background to help you with a plan to make healthy eating feel natural. Based on your specific needs and goals, follow-up consultations may be recommended.
Give some thought to these questions, “What would you like to accomplish from meeting with the dietitian? Have you made dietary changes in the past? What has worked and what has not?” This is important if you have something in mind in addition to the reason your clinician is referring you. The more specific you can be, the more you will get out of the consultation.
- Food journal: a 3-5 day food journal can be a great tool in helping get us started
- Medications you are currently taking
- Packages, labels or websites for any vitamins, minerals, protein powder, other nutrition supplements or herbs you are taking
Initial consultations are scheduled for 45 minutes. You may also be asked to completed healthy questionnaires on the computers upon check-in, so you should plan to arrive a few minutes prior to your appointment time. Arriving more than 10 minutes late may result in your appointment being rescheduled.
To request a nutrition presentation for your organization, please fill out the Wellness Center Program Request Form on Org Sync. If you have any questions or have issues with the form, please email Lindsey Harrigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please provide at least a two week notice for your request. Depending on the date/time and availability, programs may be facilitated by Loyola's peer health educators, the Wellness Advocates.
The Wellness Center also sponsors a student organization, the Body Project, that provides peer led workshops on positive body image. To request a Body Project workshop, submit this Body Project 2018 Group Program Request Form .
What kind of services are provided for eating disorders?
We recognize the need for support surrounding issues of weight, body image and disordered eating for male and female students on our campus. Upon seeking Wellness Center services, you will be connected with an Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment (EDAT) team. The EDATT is a multidisciplinary team who provides individualized assessments, treatment recommendations, and referrals for students struggling with eating and weight concerns.
We find that working together using a coordinated approach provides students with the highest standard of care. LUC Wellness Center Staff base decision making and treatment recommendations on national standards of care for the treatment of eating disorders (American Psychiatric Association’s Level of Care Guidelines for Patients with Eating Disorders).
Multidisciplinary assessment and treatment is provided utilizing the expertise of mental health providers, medical providers and a registered dietician. A consultation with each provider will be required. The providers will then meet to discuss treatment recommendations that will best suit your needs and provides the level of care necessary.
Components of care provided by your EDAT team (when indicated) include: mental health and medical evaluation (including laboratory tests), brief-individual psychotherapy, nutrition consultation and meal planning, weight checks, case management and referrals to community providers. Should you be receiving components of your treatment outside of LUC’s Wellness Center, Wellness Center staff may request documentation of this treatment in order to collaborate with outside providers.
There are some situations where a student’s needs may be more intensive than the Wellness Center can provide. In those situations, your EDAT team will talk with you about your current symptoms, treatment recommendations and assist you in securing the most appropriate level of treatment to meet your needs.