Healthy Futures started offering individualized movement and exercise therapy and eating disorder programs in January of 2015. Their exercise wellness plans are designed specifically for people that are struggling with an eating disorder.

This addition to the Healthy Futures overall wellness program offers onsite sessions working with exercise consultants that understand eating disorders and the importance of proper exercise and movement. Taking a holistic approach, this exercise and movement program is for the mind as well as the body’s physical well‑being and is based on each person’s individual needs and goals.
At Healthy Futures, we want to help you with your recovery and wellness in every way possible.

Learn more about this exercise program and all of our exercise programs at Healthy Futures or call us today (480) 451-8500.

Kelley Aungst:  Hi, I’m Kelley Aungst, and I’m an exercise consultant here at Healthy Futures. I’m so happy and excited to announce that, come January, we are going to be offering an individual movement exercise therapy.

As an added component to the overall wellness for our patients, we thought it would be a great addition to our existing program. If you’ve been thinking about adding motion and movement to your new year, or joining a gym, or even hiring a personal trainer, you may want to consider our one‑on‑one exercise and movement sessions.

Some of the benefits for that for you might be convenience, because I’ll be bringing exercise equipment here so that you can do your sessions right onsite. You’d be working with somebody that has an understanding of eating disorders and the importance of proper exercise and movement to go along with that.

Not everybody has an understanding of that, so this would be an important component to your overall wellness and recovery here at Healthy Futures. I’ll use a holistic approach, body and mind, for your physical well‑being, and you’ll get an individual program design based on your needs and personal goals, and not someone else’s.

If this sounds like something that you might be interested in for the new year, give us a call, schedule a consultation, and let’s get you moving.

While Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) may be new to the DSM-5, it’s not a new eating disorder. This eating disorder seen in children and adolescents is not about food preferences. These children will not outgrow their aversions to Brussel’s sprouts or mushrooms. These aversions are rooted in symptoms that are much more sensory.

Often, the children who suffer from ARFID experience a choking sensation from the smells or the feeling of certain foods in their mouths. Vomiting is also not unusual. The experience of these sensations leads to the child avoiding or restricting certain foods. Malnutrition then becomes an issue with this disorder.

Fortunately, treatment is possible and children can learn to tolerate more foods. The approach includes a rebalancing of the sensory pieces. And, while it’s common for these children to also have some anxiety or depression, decreasing those is part of the treatment. The goal is to find a balance between the outside and internal worlds and give these children skills, so they can cope on their own.

If you have a concern about your child not getting a nutritious and balanced diet that’s easy to eat, seek help. With ARFID in children and adolescents, the earlier it can be treated the better outcome possible. And, ARFID is now part of the DSM-5 for insurance coverages.


Dr. Kim DiRé:  Hi. My name is Kim DiRé. I’m a psychotherapist. I’ve worked with people that have had eating disorders and eating issues for a long time now. One of the things I’ve seen in my practice is working with children that have eating issues.

Now there is a word for some of the symptoms, or the treatment, that I’ve been working with. It is called, Avoidant/Restrictive Feeding Disorder in Children and Adolescents. It’s now in the DSM-5, so we have a coding for it for insurance purposes.

What you need to know as parents and family members of children that are having eating disorders is it’s not just children that have idiosyncrasies, like they don’t like Brussels sprouts or mushrooms and they’re going to grow out of that and adapt to taste.

The symptoms have qualities of sensory pieces. A lot of times the smells of foods, or putting foods in their mouths, creates this choking feeling. Oftentimes, it creates a vomiting, also. It’s very perplexing to parents that this would cause this type of severe reaction. What happens is it happens over and over again.

The children start to avoid certain foods, and they also start to restrict their variety of foods. They eat very little. Sometimes I often hear parents say, “My kid only eats four foods, and they’re all white.” Usually it’s very carby food, one that has a real benign taste.

A lot of times, the symptoms with this disorder are the children often have high anxiety and depression, so there’s a lot more going on. Sometimes they have OCD, obsessive compulsive pieces to the disorder, thoughts or maybe behaviors that go along with this.

There is treatment though for ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake for Children and Adolescents. It is that I work with these children in rebalancing the sensory pieces so they’re able to tolerate different foods and smells.

Oftentimes, working with decreasing their anxiety and lessening their depression. Then, we work over and over with how to balance their world around them and the internal world with giving them great interpersonal effectiveness skills to ask for what they want or what they need. All the time we’re being real careful to make sure that they’re balancing their nutrition.

Oftentimes, malnutrition is the piece to this disorder that is the part that’s really devastating. Children that aren’t eating well, or can’t get in proper dietary needs, they can’t think well in school. They aren’t able then to interact in sports or going out and doing things socially because they’re extremely tired.

If you are having an issue with your child, and you see some of these symptoms, please give me a call. It’s something that is treatable. It’s something that we want to treat while your child or adolescent is young, so it doesn’t go into another other type of eating disorder.

Then, the effects are often medical, if you’re not getting a good nutritious and balanced diet that’s easy to eat and not something that feels pushed upon or forced. Give me a call. We’ve got a name for this thing now that I’ve been treating for years, and I’m happy to help. Thank you.

When appropriate, Bariatric surgery is a great tool for achieving weight loss. But, we’ve all heard how so many have “put all that weight back on” after surgery.

If surgery is part of your weight-loss plan, you should also include an emotional eating program to achieve life long success. These programs look at the emotional barriers to losing weight. And it’s helpful to be looking at these before surgery so that you are set up for success. Then, the program continues post-surgery to make sure you continue to control your weight afterward.

Mia Elwood, the Director of Healthy Futures talks about the importance of Emotional Eating Intensive Outpatient Programs for bariatric patients. Watch the video and learn more about Healthy Futures from their website to learn more.

Mia Elwood: Hi, I’m Mia Elwood, director of Healthy Futures. We’re an eating disorder treatment center.

At Healthy Futures, we offer an emotional eaters IOP, which is really designed for the person who’s really struggling with having a healthy relationship with food, body weight, and also really maybe struggling with taking off some weight and doing that successfully and healthfully at the same time. It is actually for really looking at the emotional barriers to losing weight where we really look at what things are necessary to lifelong manage weight successfully and have a healthy relationship with food, body and weight.

In addition to being the director of Healthy Futures, I also consult at a local hospital where they do bariatric surgery. One of the things that our emotional eaters program is really helpful with is pre- and post-surgery success. It’s really helpful and vital to really look at the emotional aspects that underlie a weight problem. When they start to change some of those behaviors, they often realize some of those emotional components.

Our program is really designed for those going into surgery and really looking at things pre-surgery so that they set themselves up for success, and then coming here afterwards and making sure they continue their success.

I find surgery really a helpful way to get weight off, especially when there’s medical issues or a great functionality issue with people’s knees or other orthopedic issues. I think weight loss surgery is really essential, but without doing the emotional work, I think it only is a tool that goes so far.

There’s also a lot of people out there that say, “Oh, that won’t work. I know such and such and they gained all the weight back.” I have known those people.

The people that I really see succeed are those that went to a counselor or did a program such as ours, continued in support groups. I really find that those people are really successful and are successful most of the time. Really encouraging people to do that underlying emotional is really helpful to ensure success.

Eating Disorder support groups Scottsdale Healthy Futures

Healthy Futures offers eating disorder support groups lead by a team of professionals for those suffering with Anorexia, Bulimia or any form of disordered eating. Here, our clients will gain nutrition education, and counseling to acquire new life skills and coping skills, instead of relying on the eating disorder. But, most importantly, clients enjoy support from people like themselves, who truly understand the struggles they experience. And together, they learn how to decrease the eating disorder’s power in their lives.

It is the nature of eating disorders to tell their victims that they “don’t need support, advice, or encouragement.” This comes from a place of shame, guilt or protectiveness of their habits. Often, this leaves the individual in isolation to suffer alone and not trust the people in their lives. One of the goals of eating disorder support groups is to bring them out of isolation and connect them with others who are experiencing the same things. They will learn their pain is not unique. Through finding compassion for each other, they will find it for themselves. And, they will grow to feel successful in a social way. These are the keys to what will give them comfort and anchor them to the road to recovery.

At Healthy Futures, every client is assessed and an individual treatment plan is created. Depending on the level of care needed, some clients may need outpatient services from our team of professionals one to two times a week.

For others, intensive outpatient programs are needed and involve two to four hours of programming per day, two to four days per week. With every client we establish a well-rounded accessible treatment plan that includes a team of support.

To find out more about eating disorder support groups and eating disorder services, call Healthy Futures at (480)451-8500. You are not alone. We understand.  And, with support, recovery is possible.


Eating Disorder Treatment Scottsdale Healthy Futures AZHealthy Futures offers the Phoenix area’s longest running intensive outpatient program for treating those struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia or any form of disordered eating.  We offer services that include nutrition education, meal planning, group therapy, family education and support, and DBT Skills Training.  Our clients enjoy support from others who understand, and they learn how to decrease the eating disorders’ power in their lives.

All that may sound like a mouthful, but relax.  You too can soon be on your way to overcoming your struggles.  All it takes is three simple steps to get through the eating disorder treatment admission process.

  1. Talk with one of our Intake Specialists who will answer your questions about our programs, fees and insurance coverage and the how-to’s of this process.
  2. Come in for an assessment and complete some paperwork.  The purpose is to gauge which level of care you need, and to develop an initial treatment plan.
  3. Get authorization for our services.  You will need to secure medical clearance from your physician.  Following the link to print the medical clearance form.   And, if entering our IOP, your insurance will be called to get authorization for our services.

Once these three steps are completed, you will receive a start date and be set on the path to a healthier future.  To start the eating disorder treatment admission process, call us at (480) 451-8500.  Healthy Futures is located in Scottsdale near the Loop 101 and convenient from nearly all areas of the Valley.  Our team of caring professionals looks forward to working with you on your road to recovery

Eating Disorders Treatment Scottsdale Healthy FuturesFor those who suffer with eating disorders, the idea of treatment may seem like a hope and a prayer. Eating disorders are a significant problem, and they’re not really a choice. They’re a serious mental illness, and the physical ramifications are quite serious. From lasting physical problems to death, eating disorders spell the need for real help now.

Who Suffers from Eating Disorders?

Almost anyone can suffer from an eating disorder. No one group of people is exempt. Young and old alike often have eating disorders as do rich and poor. They cross cultural boundaries and education levels. They’re a global problem, as well.

Recovery is Possible.

There are many possible treatments for eating disorders. The first step, though, is always the most challenging.  Many who suffer from eating disorders feel nervous or even ashamed as they work toward treatment. Seeking help as early as possible, though, is the only way to lessen the severity of an eating disorder.

The type of treatment necessary depends on a number of factors, including the disorder itself, age, family situations and relationships, and physical conditions. The best treatment is one that addresses the person as a whole.

Treatment options can include a variety of methods. Psychotherapy places emphasis on patterns of thought, motivation, and emotions to help relieve the mental stress around an eating disorder. When young adults are involved, often a family approach that creates an entire support network around the individual suffering from an eating disorder is best. There are self-help approaches as well, often utilizing nutritional management strategies to help ensure individuals are getting the right level of vitamins and minerals as they recover. Medication may also be necessary, particularly when a person is dealing with more than one disorder at a time, like anxiety and an eating disorder.

Find Help Now.

It is possible to treat an eating disorder, but only if you take the right steps as soon as possible. At Healthy Futures, we offer a comprehensive solution that can put you or someone you love on the path to recover. Contact us now to learn more.