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Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Structure House to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Structure House.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Healthy Living Blog

Articles by Benjamin White, RD

Registered Dietitian

In addition to nutrition, Dr. White has a background in public health and scientific research. Ben is excited about translating research into practical knowledge that people can use to improve their overall health. He teaches a variety of classes, ranging from online nutrition resources to meal planning to controlling  your  food environment. He oversees the nutritional components of the program to ensure that guests are equipped with the necessary skills, resources, support, and knowledge to succeed after leaving Structure House. Restaurant outings, individual nutrition counseling, and workshops are also key parts of the program overseen by the nutrition team. The chefs and dietitians at Structure House work in tandem to provide guests with a menu that is appealing, balanced, satisfying and healthy.

Ben earned his Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has experience in weight loss counseling, motivational interviewing, diabetes management, vegetarian diets, teaching, and scientific research. Dr. White joined Structure House in 2016 as a Registered Dietitian.

Meal Replacement Shakes for Weight Loss

What are meal replacement shakes, and do they work for weight loss? What about their safety? Are they healthy? Many commercially available shakes are marketed to people as a weight loss aid or for health promotion, but there are several things you should keep in mind before spending money on pricey meal replacements.  Any way of eating that significantly … Read More

Breaking Down the Benefits of the Keto Diet

There are thousands of ways to lose weight. Ask 100 different people and you might get 100 different diets that they’ve found beneficial in helping shed some pounds. The “keto” diet is the most extreme example of the low-carb diets, which have been popular in various forms for the past several decades. Carbohydrates (i.e. carbs) … Read More

Pumpkin Pecan Stuffing

Serves: 8 Ingredients: 2/3 cup white onion, finely diced 2/3 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced thin 1/3 cup celery, diced ½ cup apples, peeled and chopped ½ cup canned pumpkin 1/3 cup pecans, chopped 1 Tbsp fresh parsley 1 tsp ground sage 1/3 tsp ground thyme 2 pinches salt ½ tsp pepper 1 egg 1 ½ … Read More

Instant Pumpkin Custard

Serves: 6 Ingredients:  15 oz. (1 can) canned pumpkin, (not pie filling) ¾ cup pitted, dried dates 2 Tbsps cashew butter or almond butter 1 ½ tsps pumpkin pie spice 5 grams stevia sweetener (2 packets Truvia) 2 pinches salt *May use ground cinnamon, nutmeg, (and less) ginger and allspice instead of pie spice blend. … Read More

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Serves: 10 Ingredients:  1 cup white onion, finely diced 1/5 tsp ground cloves ½ tsp ground allspice ½ tsp ground coriander 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp ground black pepper 1 Tbsp olive oil 30 oz. (2 cans) canned pumpkin, (not pie filling) 1 cup carrots, peeled & chopped 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth 16 … Read More

Can Probiotics Help You Lose Weight?

There are a lot of claims about how probiotics can help you lose weight and improve your health. With all the information out there, it’s tough to separate health fact from fiction. So what exactly are probiotics? Most importantly, can you use them to promote weight loss and better health? Probiotics are actually bacteria (or … Read More

Weight Loss Detox

Weight loss detox plans and cleanses are popular – but what are they, and should you be on one? Our bodies have many of their own natural detoxification systems in place to break down and get rid of a wide range of harmful compounds. While the kidneys can filter out many small molecules and salts, … Read More

Super Spices: Flavor Enhancers for Health

After spending some time researching food groups that promote weight loss, help reduce disease risk, and extend life, I want to acknowledge some benefits of foods that can’t be as easily categorized. In my last entry, I focused on groups of foods, like fish and legumes. I also focused on foods that provide a substantial … Read More

PCOS, Nutrition, and Metabolism

Many people are interested in the factors that affect their metabolism, but don’t know what they can do to make a difference. One, major factor that influences the body’s metabolism is the endocrine system, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age 1. WHAT IS PCOS? There is still … Read More