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Our Sincerest Condolences
Dear friends and colleagues:
It is with a heavy heart we share the news that we have lost a beloved family member at Healthy Futures. Kim Guenther passed away on Friday, July 16, after a brief illness. Kim has been part of the Healthy Futures family for more than 10 years, and she truly was one of a kind, combining compassion, kindness, wisdom, and humor in helping countless people toward eating disorder recovery.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates of any mental illness. It may seem alarming to begin with such a jarring statement, but we feel it’s important in any discussion of eating disorders, to always be clear and aware of their dangers.
The Healthy Futures COVID-19 Response Team continues monitoring the pandemic and we are optimistic about the reduction of the spread of the disease, thus we are transitioning our policies thoughtfully and carefully.
Beginning Monday, July 5, 2021, those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear face masks in the common areas or in any adult group sessions of Healthy Futures. This change applies to all patients, staff, team members, and visitors.
Early intervention can be an essential step in helping to avoid an eating disorder. It’s also very important for families to have healthy and positive conversations around food, body and weight that are non-diet based and avoid judgment.
There are several levels of care within eating disorder treatment and recovery. Where treatment begins depends upon the history and severity of the eating disorder, and what treatments have already been tried, if any.