Understandably, participants sometimes express concerns about their ability to sustain their healthy behaviors after leaving the on-campus program. Research has demonstrated that individuals who sustain weight losses and health behavior change over extended periods of time engage in various kinds of ongoing support after they initially adopt a new lifestyle. Throughout a visit at Structure House, we encourage and assist individuals to think about, identify, and plan for the services and supports that they may wish to use to help transition back into life at home, to adjust their program as needs change, and bolster their motivation to sustain healthy lifestyle changes as it inevitably ebbs and flows. While we’re always working on identifying new resources and ways of supporting our participants at home, the following are currently available:
Structure House Journal Reviews Show More Show Less
Participants are encouraged to mail us the tear-out section of their Structure House journal (a self-monitoring tool introduced at the start of the program) that includes weight charts and a brief self-reflection survey every 12 weeks for as long as they wish. A therapist will review the completed sections and reply with an individualized letter, offering feedback, suggestions, and support. For a nominal charge, this service is available to all participants who have completed at least one week of our on-campus program.
Return Visits Show More Show Less
It is common for participants to return to campus for varying lengths of stay to reinforce their healthy behaviors, address challenges that have arisen in their home lives, and reconnect with fellow participants in our supportive and accepting environment. Research on long-term weight management indicates that repeated intervention is a strong predictor of success. Our own data shows that individuals who make a return visit within 18 months of their initial visit have better weight loss outcomes at 2 years than those who have not yet made a return visit. Once a participant has completed the 4-week Core Program (consecutive or non-consecutive weeks), ‘graduate’ visits are offered at rates intended to help make returning more accessible.
Referrals to Local Providers Show More Show Less
Many participants recognize that they will benefit from working with a mental health professional (such as a clinical social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist) in their home area. Some prefer this work to focus on health, weight, and eating concerns specifically, others would prefer to explore a variety of life issues or emotional concerns in addition to receiving support for their weight management journey. Participants may also be interested in locating ongoing support from a dietitian or fitness professional at home. Our staff can assist with providing such referrals, and we will gladly offer to speak with these individuals (with your written permission) to ensure a smooth transition of care.
In addition to face-to-face referrals for therapy, nutrition, or fitness support at home, we can help identify and provide suggestions for telehealth support (phone, web, or mobile-based) that are high-quality and consistent with our program philosophy. These methods are increasingly available to individuals for a variety of areas of physical and behavioral health and there are a number of well-controlled studies showing benefits for a variety of telehealth/online supports.
Staying Connected through Social Networking Show More Show Less
Providing a current email address will give you access to our email-based newsletter and joining/liking us on social media platforms will ensure that you have access not only to Structure House news and events, but also to the guidance and resources that we make available to our participant community, both on and off campus.