Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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 Center for Hope of the Sierras 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 Center for Hope of the Sierras.

  • 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

Stresses of Starting College

Starting college is a major milestone in a young person’s life. New friends, a demanding course load and part-time jobs, not to mention the freedom of being away from home for the first time, make college an exciting yet stressful time.

While stress can be healthy, it can also lead to dangerous behaviors such as eating disorders. Many young men and women develop eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder during college as a way to feel in control of an otherwise unmanageable life. Social pressures to live up to unrealistic ideals of beauty and efforts to avoid the dreaded “freshman 15” can also lead to excessive dieting, compulsive exercising, and bingeing and purging behaviors.

Eating Disorder Signs

College students and their friends and family should be on the lookout for common signs of eating disorders, including:

  • A preoccupation with counting calories, fat grams and carbohydrates
  • A need to weigh oneself more than once a day, and allowing the numbers on the scale to determine mood
  • Obsessing over exercise, and using it to burn every calorie eaten rather than to stay healthy
  • Eating compulsively or in secret
  • Feeling ashamed or guilty after eating
  • Worrying endlessly about weight and body shape
  • Abusing laxatives or diet pills

Preventing Eating Disorders Among College Students

Effectively managing stress is a skill that college students will use for the rest of their lives. Some ways to keep stress levels in check include:

Develop a Support Network. A support network of close friends and loved ones can provide the assurance and encouragement you need to get through stressful times. Participating in extracurricular activities and on-campus clubs can help you build this network during college.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle. A healthy diet, regular physical activity and a consistent sleep schedule can combat stress, improve mood and boost energy. Practicing yoga, deep breathing or relaxation exercises can also relieve tension.

Avoid Alcohol and Artificial Stimulants. A growing number of college students are turning to caffeine pills or prescription medications to stay awake all night or get an edge on the competition. Many others stay up all hours drinking and partying and then expect to be able to perform in their 8 a.m. class. Pushing your body to its max causes stress and exhaustion, making it difficult to function.

Make Time for Fun. Even if studying has become a full-time job, try to schedule a couple hours of fun each week. By continuing a hobby or activity you enjoy, you’ll be less likely to lose your sense of self or buckle under the pressure of college life.

Get Help Early. If you suspect that you or a loved one might be developing an eating disorder, get help right away. Eating disorders are life-threatening diseases that get worse over time, not better. You can start by talking with the campus counseling center, a family doctor or a community support program like Overeaters Anonymous.

Because of the nature of these diseases, many college students with eating disorders will require professional eating disorder treatment. The best eating disorder treatment programs provide individual and group counseling, family therapy, medical monitoring, meal planning, restaurant and grocery store outings, and other interventions to help college students address the emotions underlying their eating disorder and learn healthier coping skills.

Stress is a natural part of life, but no college class or social engagement is worth sacrificing your health and well-being. By getting help to manage stress and anxiety, you can begin to balance school, friends, family and life while also taking good care of yourself.