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Through advocacy work, community and professional events, and media outreach, Veritas is helping to bring cutting-edge research, best-practice care, and scientifically backed information into the national eating disorder conversation. Here in our blog you can learn about the work we and others are doing to advance the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. You’ll also find interesting articles and helpful insights that can support you or a loved one on the journey to lasting recovery. We want to hear your story. Email us (blog@veritascollaborative.com) and ask how you can become a contributor!

April 1, 2019

Episode 6: Let’s Talk Nutrition!

Episode description:

Dietitian Bailey Weirens joins Peace Meal to discuss the truth behind nutrition and healthy eating. Bailey discusses the importance of calories, why macro and micronutrients are important, and what recovery meal plans are. By advocating for an anti-diet approach to nutrition and promoting body acceptance, Bailey enlightens listeners on the importance of listening to our bodies in order to sustain long-term health and wellbeing.

March 29, 2019

Voices of Veritas: Taylor Rae Homesley, LPC

In today’s Voices of Veritas post, we meet Taylor Rae Homesley, associate center director at Veritas Collaborative’s Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Hospital in Atlanta. Taylor Rae’s role keeps her on her toes, and she is always amazed at how quickly time passes while at work.

March 25, 2019

Veritas Collaborative expands Charlotte eating disorder clinic, creates new jobs

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, will expand its Child, Adolescent & Young Adult Clinic in Charlotte, N.C. in June of this year.

The 8,300-square-foot space will have capacity to treat 20 patients in higher levels of care at any given time and create approximately 15 new jobs in Charlotte. It will remain the region’s only gender-diverse, multidisciplinary eating disorder center to provide comprehensive medical assessments that diagnose eating disorders and other conditions that may require medical intervention.

March 20, 2019

Episode 5: Anna’s Recovery Story

Episode description:

This is the first episode in our new Recovery Series. The Recovery Series aims to share stories of those in eating disorder recovery in hopes of starting conversations, breaking stigmas, and encouraging healing. In this episode, host Claire Holtz sits down with Japanese-American singer-actor Anna Hashizume as she shares her story of healing.

March 19, 2019

Veritas Collaborative Now Accepting Referrals for Level of Care Assessments at the Child & Adolescent Hospital in Durham, NC

We want to collaborate with you and your client through providing comprehensive medical and diagnostic assessments.  These assessments are often the entry point for an individual’s recovery journey and provide appropriate diagnoses of eating disorders or other conditions that may require medical intervention.

March 4, 2019

Episode 4: When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny with Blythe Baird

Episode description:

Spoken word poet and author Blythe Baird joins Peace Meal to discuss eating disorder recovery, using art as a vehicle to healing, and her latest book, “If My Body Could Speak.” Blythe shares with us the origin story of her eating disorder and how she found comradery (and fame!) in sharing her experience.

February 28, 2019

Our Favorite Recovery Podcasts

Here at Veritas Collaborative we love recovery resources and believe that creating a community is vital to keeping individuals on track with recovery. One of our current favorite ways to find support outside of direct treatment is podcasts! We wanted to share our love of recovery podcasts with you, so we compiled a list of our favorite eating disorder recovery podcasts.

February 27, 2019

Balanced Eating for Health

Nutrition is a hot topic year-round, however, come January it seems the presence of the newest nutrition fads take over social media, bookstores, news articles, and general conversation. It’s not uncommon to hear comments about “good foods vs. bad foods” as you’re checking out at the grocery store from a cashier, who then proceeds to go on about their newest diet plan. Amongst all these food “beliefs” it raises a question that we hope everyone would take a moment to consider – what is balanced eating for health?

February 5, 2019

Veritas Collaborative Selects Brian Keefe, MD as Chief Medical Officer

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today announced Brian Keefe, MD, as its chief medical officer.

February 5, 2019

Voices of Veritas: Leah Graves

In our “Voices of Veritas” series, you will meet Veritas leaders and team members that help us to fulfill our vision of a world in which all persons with eating disorders and their families and communities have access to best-practice care and hold hope for a cure.

February 4, 2019

Episode 3: The Diet Culture Machine

Episode description:

Diet culture is an insidious ideology that worships thinness, demonizes those that don’t adhere to the beauty standard, and oppresses those who are not viewed as “healthy.” Hilmar Wagner, a dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Public Health, joins Peace Meal to talk nutrition, diets, and why we’ve been evolutionarily conditioned to be preoccupied with food.

February 1, 2019

Veritas Collaborative Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary of Atlanta’s Only Multidisciplinary Eating Disorder Clinic

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today celebrates the two-year anniversary of its Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Clinic in Atlanta. The center is the state’s only gender-diverse, multidisciplinary eating disorder center to provide comprehensive medical assessments that diagnose eating disorders and other conditions that may require medical intervention.

January 24, 2019

Veritas Collaborative Selects Tosha Smith, PhD as New Director of Research

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, hired Dr. Tosha Smith as its new director of research. She is responsible for oversight of all system-wide data collection efforts across all company locations.

January 8, 2019

Veritas Collaborative Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Eating Disorder Treatment in Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte’s only comprehensive, multidisciplinary eating disorder center treating all genders empowers families, sees immense growth.

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today celebrates the one-year anniversary of its Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic in Charlotte, N.C. As the region’s only multidisciplinary eating disorder center treating all genders, the company’s Charlotte operations have grown quickly and will continue to expand in 2019 with a new facility and increased staff.

January 7, 2019

Episode 2: Eating Disorders 101

Eating disorders are confusing and complex. On this month’s episode, host Claire Holtz sits down with Emily Program Site Director Jennifer Nelson to discuss what eating disorders are and what we can do to help those affected.

January 4, 2019

Veritas Collaborative Starts New Year with New Senior Director of Professional Relations

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, kicked off the new year by appointing Mark Bower, MA, LPC, as senior director of professional relations.

In his new role, Bower holds responsibility for both the Professional Relations Management and Intake departments. He is tasked with the development of relationships between specialists, providers, and patients to create a collaborative environment that helps generate positive patient outcomes.

January 4, 2019

Announcing Peace Meal, an Emily Program Podcast

We are thrilled to announce our new podcast, Peace Meal. Peace Meal covers topics related to eating disorders, body image issues, and how society may contribute to distorted thinking. Join us as we sit down with eating disorder field leaders, medical professionals, and those in recovery to shed a light on eating disorders, body-related biases, and so much more! New episodes are out on the first Monday of every month.

December 10, 2018

Breaking the Stigma: 7 Truths About Eating Disorders

Despite common misconceptions, eating disorders can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, body shape or weight, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. They are serious illnesses, and an individual is not able to choose whether or not they develop an eating disorder. Unfortunately, societal misunderstandings, pressures, and stigmas often deter accurate diagnosis and prevent access to care.

November 2, 2018

EDs Don’t Take Holidays Off: Ways to Support Your Loved One This Season

While the holidays are a time most people look forward to, they can often magnify personal struggles for people with eating disorders. The combination of dealing with the anxiety of being around extended family, and the accentuated focus on food, can be a major trigger for many.

October 9, 2018

Podcast: Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Dr. Anna Tanner was featured on the Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue podcast. This episode is rich in detailing the seriousness of eating disorders in children and adolescents and how to treat these illnesses.