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Penn State Healthy Eating and Living Support (HEALS) is a multidisciplinary program that supports healthy eating and decision-making among students. Our team is comprised of physicians, dietitians, and mental health professionals who specialize in providing education, resources, and support to students affected by eating disorders.

How can HEALS help?
HEALS helps students overcome disordered eating by providing immediate medical services and counseling as well as offering life-long strategies for maintaining health, harmony, and body-acceptance.

Services offered through HEALS include:

What to Expect

Eating disorders are psychological disorders that manifest through food and may have ultimately devastating medical consequences. No one clinician can have all the expertise needed to address this illness properly. HEALS helps students receive coordinated, well-rounded care that is better than the sum of each individual's work. 

Some students struggle to recover while at school. They may lose weight, have unstable vital signs, or be overwhelmed by depression or substance abuse. When this happens the team may recommend a leave of absence so they student can pursue more intensive treatment.

There are usually formal eating disorder treatment centers with varying levels of intensity, hopefully near family or other support systems. Currently, higher levels of care (HLOC) are not available in State College. When it's clear a student needs HLOC, various team members (usually case management and physician) facilitate the admission process.

Family meetings (in-person or via phone)are used to fully communicate the student's situation and engage the family in supporting HLOC.

Screening Tools 

Getting started with HEALS
If you or a friend need help with disordered eating, weight management, or other body image issues, please contact University Health Services and request an appointment with a case manger. You can also get started by contacting Counseling and Psychological Services for a phone screening.