Evidence shows the inclusion of nutrition education in treatment programs has a positive effect on treatment outcomes, however minimal work has been done in this field. Our goal is to provide patients with the nutrition knowledge and life skills to become self-sufficient navigators of their mental and physical health. Patients will meet individually with our Registered Dietitian to develop individualized goals.
Patients have the opportunity to advance their nutrition knowledge via dietitian-led group discussions. Topics include building a balanced plate, eating for mental health, cravings, fads and myths, to name a few. Understanding the “why” of the foods that end up on the dinner plate allows patients to take ownership of their meals.
Another opportunity for self-efficacy comes from work done in the kitchens. Each kitchen features a dietitian-designed pantry, restocked weekly with fresh ingredients to create meals which support overall health. Patients prepare their own meals with the assistance of our kitchen coach. Monthly secret ingredient challenges encourage patients to embrace their creativity, teamwork, and culinary skills. All work done prepares patients for life after Next Chapter.