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Structure House


3017 Pickett Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 937-2168
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Photo of Elaine Cole Elaine Cole
Nov 9, 2023 5

In actuality, I've reviewed Structure House hundreds of times, if all the times I've sung its praises were known. It is my go-to place, my safe haven, my refuge. It has been Life-changing, not only due to a 150 pound weight loss but because I've released at least that amount of negative emotions and the vicissitudes of life which kept me morbidly obese. There have been many changes since I first started coming in 1991, but the basic premise has stayed the same--good health and well being.

Photo of Allison Schneider Allison Schneider
Aug 1, 2023 5

Structure House is an amazing place! I just spent 4 weeks there going through the Jump Start Program. Everyone there is very knowledgeable and is able to help you create a healthier lifestyle. The day is broken into 7 blocks, although some classes are offered before breakfast and after dinner. During the main 7 blocks you are either in a lecture/discussion class or in an exercise class or working out in the gym. Generally I would spend 2-4 blocks doing different types of exercise classes or working out in the gym and 3-5 blocks in classes or doing other things for my health. While there you live in very nice apartments on the campus, and eat all your meals in the dining hall. You order your meals, so you get food you like and after you get use to the sugar free salt free menu, you start to enjoy the food. There is always plenty and you never go hungry. Most days I couldn’t finish everything. There are a wide range of people who go to Structure House. There were quite a few men and women in their early twenties all the way to people in their eighties and everything in between. There were more women than men by a 2:1 ratio. There was also a large LGBTQA+ presence there. Everyone was welcome and treated kindly. Some people were over six or seven hundred pounds while others, mostly graduates who come back regularly were closer to a healthy weight. The furniture and design is thoughtfully done so even the very heaviest person would be comfortable anywhere they sat. People came for different reasons and stayed anywhere from one week to one year. My main goal of being there was to improve my mobility. I had been on a mobility scooter for several weeks and had just transitioned to a Rollator the week before I went. Within a week, Katie K. The fitness director and the most amazing, knowledgeable trainer I have ever had the pleasure to work with, had me transition to a cane, by the next week I was using walking poles and by the time I left I was walking independently! It felt like a miracle to me. It has been a really long time since I could walk outside with out the use of mobility aids. I am implementing what I learned there at home, and home to return for a “tune up” within the next year. I would give Structure House 10/10 rating.