About C.O.P.E. – Coalition for Overcoming Problem Eating/Exercise

At Indiana University, we recognize the need for prevention, support and education about issues related to unhealthy body image, eating and weight preoccupations, disordered eating and excessive exercise. These issues often present barriers to a student’s pursuit of emotional and physical well-being, healthy relationships with family and friends, and achievement of academic goals. In response to this need, the Indiana University Health Center, in conjunction with other campus departments and community specialists, developed C.O.P.E. – The Coalition for Overcoming Problem Eating/Exercise. This multi-disciplinary team consists of physicians, nurses, dietitians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and representatives from the Athletics, Campus Recreational Sports, Dance, Office of the Dean of Students, Student Advocate’s Office,  Residential Programs and Services, and Bloomington community.  C.O.P.E. providers offer assessment and treatment for problem eating, exercise and body image and when needed, C.O.P.E. providers assist students in finding a higher level of care available in the Bloomington community or at a specialized eating disorder treatment program.

Your first contact can be with any member of the C.O.P.E. team and your care may include multiple members of the team. C.O.P.E. team members will make the appropriate referrals to other professionals on the team as need to coordinate the best possible treatment for you. Services offered by the team include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication management
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Medical evaluation and treatment
  • Fitness evaluation and exercise program
  • Assistance in navigating academic concerns