Teen Eating Disorder Group: Nutrition Group + Meal Support

An in-person, combination nutrition + meal support group.

 

  • Does your teen need more support while school is out for the summer? 
  • Does your teen enjoy being with peers in a supportive environment?
  • Could your teen benefit from education around food, body image, and eating disorder recovery? 
  • Could your teen benefit from meal support?

This weekly, 90 minute group will be led by Jessica Long, one of our Registered Dietitians.

 

Group Leader:

Jessica Long, MS, RD, LDN

When: 

Session 1: 9:00-10:30 am on Saturdays (June 15, 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27)

Session 2: 2:00-3:30 pm on Saturdays (July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17)

Where:

Fees: 

  • BCBS and Aetna Insurance Members: Our practice is in-network with BCBS and Aetna and we can file for you if you have BCBS or Aetna insurance. We encourage you to call the Customer Service number on your card to inquire about your coverage for CPT code 97804 (Medical Nutrition Therapy Group). Click here for more insurance details.
    • If you have a policy that has a limited number of nutrition visits per benefit year, please note that group sessions typically count towards that limit.
  • Out of Network Insurance Members (not BCBS or Aetna):
    • In Person: $400 per group cycle (6 group meetings total). Paid up front at time of registration.
    • If you need to miss 1 session due to summer travels, total can be prorated upfront.
  • Signing up for the group reflects a commitment for the 6 week group. If you need to miss 1 session due to summer travels, tell us at time of registration with no penalty. No refunds will be provided and there will be a charge for missed group sessions, outside of 1 planned missed session.

Eligibility: 

  • Open to adolescents aged 13-17 with an outpatient treatment team (therapist and/or dietitian)
  • This will be a closed group, with participation capped at 6 participants
  • Email jessica@lutzandalexander.com or call 919-781-4500 to learn more and to register. 

Group Format:

Part 1: Snack Support (45 minutes)

This portion of the group will strive to provide a safe and supportive space to share a snack (morning snack for session 1, afternoon snack for session 2). There will be general guidelines for what to bring to each group. These guidelines will be emailed to participants ahead of time. For example, the RD may propose participants bring a “two item snack” or a “challenge snack”. 

The RD will not be providing direct (1-on-1) skills coaching or checking individual meal plans but will instead offer gentle encouragement to participants to complete their respective snacks. 

Part 2: Nutrition Group (45 minutes)

This portion of the group will cover nutrition topics geared towards teens in or working towards eating disorder recovery. Topics will focus on nutrition education, adolescent growth and development, body image concerns, and navigating eating around peers all within the context of eating disorder recovery. 

What To Expect: 

This in-person group will be split into two 45 minute parts. It will begin with 45 minutes of snack support, with 30 minutes designated for eating and 10-15 minutes for transitioning to the nutrition group component. The remaining 45 minutes will consist of a didactic group with specific topics and discussion.

 

Email jessica@lutzandalexander.com or call 919-781-4500 to learn more or to register!