The Healthy Paths Initiative provides coordinated care and support to help students to achieve optimal physical and psychological health while pursuing their academic and personal goals at Bucknell.
The Initiative is based on current research and best practices that emphasize working with each student individually to identify personal strengths in achieving a healthy approach to eating, weight and body acceptance. This approach also encourages students to recognize and find alternative ways of dealing with ineffective or maladaptive ways of relating to food, exercise and body image. The Healthy Paths Initiative emphasizes the need to address the whole person, an approach that maximizes a student's ability to develop a more satisfying relationship with self and food.
The Healthy Paths Initiative uses the expertise of professionals from multiple disciplines, including Medicine, Psychological Counseling, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology and Health Education. As a Team, these individuals work together to address each student's physical health, current nutritional needs, regular exercise routine and psychological and personal well-being.
There are three components to the Healthy Paths Initiative. First, an initial assessment which involves the student meeting individually with a team member from each discipline to identify areas of concern, areas of personal strengths and to identify goals and new strategies or behaviors, that serves as a basis for a treatment plan.
After meeting individually with the student, the members of the Team develop, with the student, a personalized Plan of Care. A Plan of Care will typically involve goals, strategies or actions to meet those goals and proposed meeting requirements with one or more of the Team members to allow for follow-up and work toward the student's goals.
The Healthy Paths Initiative Team meets regularly to review the student's progress on these goals and to respond to any questions, changes or difficulties with the plan and its implementation.
If a students' health or ability to take care of oneself should become a concern and more intensive intervention is indicated, a member of the Team will discuss this situation with the student and together they will consider alternatives for treatment in the community, at home or elsewhere.