Frequently Asked Questions

Where is your program located? Show More Show Less

Structure House is situated on 12 beautiful acres of land in Durham, North Carolina, near Duke University and just minutes away from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Our physical address is 3017 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705. [Link to Getting Here] 

Who should attend the program? Show More Show Less

Adults (age 18 and older) at a variety of health and fitness levels who would like to focus on making healthy lifestyle changes, manage their weight, re-connect with internal hunger and fullness cues, prevent or manage disease, improve their mobility, or to build a healthier relationship with food and their body. We have specialized programming available to those with Type 2 diabetes and we are one of the only residentially-based weight management programs to offer treatment specifically designed to help individuals with binge eating and emotional overeating. We also assist individuals who are preparing for or have undergone bariatric surgery. [Link to Bariatric Support] 

What is the recommended length of stay for new participants? Show More Show Less

Our Core Program is designed to be a four-week program to ensure that you have adequate time to learn the necessary concepts and skills to be successful at home, establish new healthy habits, and observe positive changes in your overall health and fitness. Each week consists of unique programming, so we highly recommend a four-week stay for your first visit to Structure House. However, we recognize that some individuals may not be able to commit to four weeks at a time, so we offer shorter stay options to get you started on your journey to wellness. See our Program Options section for additional details. 

How much will the program cost? Show More Show Less

The program cost at Structure House will depend on a number of things, including the length of stay and the program option selected. To learn more see our rates information [link to Rates] or call 1-855-526-0236 to speak to an intake advisor. 

What is included in the program fee? Show More Show Less

We provide on-campus accommodations in private apartments, three meals daily plus optional healthy snacks, individual assessments with a registered dietitian, licensed behavioral health professional, and registered nurse (including laboratory testing), fitness evaluation, educational classes, therapist-led support groups, group fitness classes, and access to our complete fitness facilities including our indoor and outdoor saltwater pools. New participants also receive an additional individual session with a licensed behavioral health professional and registered dietitian, two personal training sessions and a complimentary 30-minute massage session. Additional services (e.g., personal training, nutrition counseling, psychotherapy, medical consultation, or massage) are available at additional cost. 

Does Structure House accept insurance? Do you accept Medicare or Medicaid? Show More Show Less

Structure House is a private pay facility and does not participate in any insurance agreements or managed care contracts at this time, including Medicare and Medicaid. However portions of your stay may be covered or reimbursed by your insurance company. As plans vary, we encourage you to consult with your insurance company for specific benefits and talk with one of our enrollment specialists for more information. Additionally, the cost of a weight management program may be a tax-deductible medical expense. Please consult your physician, tax professional or the IRS for additional information. If you have a medical savings account (MSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement plan, all or a portion of the cost could be qualified as a medical expense. 

Are your staff members licensed? Show More Show Less

Yes. All of our staff members are highly trained and are either licensed, certified or hold one or more degrees in their area of expertise. The average tenure of our clinical team is over ten years. Nowhere will you find a collection of experts as experienced or diversified as the Structure House team. 

What types of therapies and programs do you offer? Show More Show Less

We are a behavioral treatment program that draws heavily on the scientific literature for the most effective treatment of weight and related conditions. We provide a number of therapies and programs that are offered through workshops, individual and group meetings, and weekly classes. To learn more about our therapies and programs, please visit our programs page. [Link to Program Options] 

What type of medical oversight is provided? Show More Show Less

Structure House has a full-time nurse on site and consulting physicians who are board-certified in Internal Medicine/Psychiatry and Endocrinology. One of our medical staff is on call 24 hours a day. All participants undergo an initial health assessment and laboratory testing at the beginning of their stay and again at the end of the program. Our medical staff is also available for additional consultation or appointments as needed. We can also assist participants with arranging specialty appointments with Duke Medical Center physicians. 

How does your program differ from other weight loss programs? Show More Show Less

We are one of the only residential weight management programs that gives you the opportunity to step away from your life at home, including the daily stresses, responsibilities, habits and routines that have kept you from living your most healthy lifestyle. Here, you are able to establish healthy lifestyle behaviors in a setting that is free from distractions and enables you to fully immerse yourself in self-care. Our approach focuses on helping you to establish healthy behaviors and habits that you can sustain over a lifetime, rather than a “quick fix” dieting program. We take a comprehensive, integrated approach, blending the latest research in nutrition, fitness, behavior, and medicine to treat the whole person. Our team of experts will help create an individualized plan that fits your needs and goals. For more on our program philosophy, see our Program Overview. 

What is a typical day at Structure House like? Show More Show Less

At Structure House, a typical day will include educational classes in nutrition, behavior, and fitness, three flavorful and nutritionally balanced meals plus optional healthy snacks, and your choice of approximately 7-8 fitness class offerings. In addition, you may have individual sessions with therapy or nutrition staff, support group sessions, massage therapy, or personal training. In the evenings, we offer a variety of social and recreational activities. To learn more, please visit our and sample schedule. 

Will I be able to have visitors during my stay and/or bring a friend or family member to support me? Show More Show Less

Absolutely! Your loved ones may come visit you at any time during your stay. We recognize that having the support of a friend or family member can be an integral part of your success, and Structure House has apartments specifically designed for those who want to bring a family member or a pet. Those designated as Family Support may attend all educational classes, participate in all group fitness classes, and eat all meals at Structure House. Guests are welcome to dine with you (for an additional cost), but are not permitted to use our exercise facilities or attend classes. 

I haven’t been to Structure House in a while – do I need to go through the Core Program again? Show More Show Less

Participants who have completed the 4-week Core Program are considered Alumni and may return to Structure House at any time and receive the Alumni rate without having to complete the Core Program again. However, we recognize that those who have not been back in a while may need some additional support and re-orientation to the program. Participants for whom it has been 5 or more years since their last visit to Structure House will receive additional support, including a detailed schedule, orientation class, and extended individual consultations at the initiation of their stay to get them re-acquainted with the program philosophy and schedule and to help them identify realistic goals for their stay. 

Do you offer aftercare? Show More Show Less

Yes, we are committed to helping you remain successful at home! We have a number of options for you to stay connected to Structure House following your participation in our program. Additionally, several of the classes in our Core Program are designed to help you develop plans for home, and our treatment staff will work with you to identify and address individual challenges as well as a plan for ongoing support. 

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