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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

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 oz (1 package) silken tofu

Preparation:
1. Heat oil in pot on medium heat. Chop onion, add to pot, and stir. Cook for 5-6 minutes, until soft. Prep carrots.
2. Add all spices to the pot, stir, and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients to pot, except for the tofu. Stir, cover, and turn heat to med-high.
3. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30-40 minutes (may cook as little as 20 minutes, if in a rush).
4. Carefully pour or ladle hot soup into blender, along with the tofu. (Do several batches, if necessary). Make sure blender lid is secure, while holding it down with a towel under your hand, before starting blender. Blend everything together until completely smooth. Serve.

Serving: 1 cup
Nutrition Facts: Calories 90, Fat 3g (Saturated 0g), Carbohydrate 12g, Fiber 3g, Protein 3g, Sodium 300mg
Choices: 0.5 Starch, 2 Vegetable

About Benjamin White, RD

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.

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