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NEDAwareness Week 2013 was once again a great success in raising awareness about eating disorders and directing people to the help they need. Participation spanned the country and across the globe, reaching people with critical information and resources about these potentially life-threatening illnesses.
Don't forget to share pictures of what you have done and continue to do for NEDAwarneness Week. Like our friends at Operation BEAUTIFUL, the No Makeup Movement is an effort to remind us that natural beauty is beautiful. Photos of bare-faced girls and women have empowered others to do the same. What are you doing this year to be part of the change?
The Collegiate Survey Project, which was approved by Pace University’s Institutional Review Board, finds that greater funding and resources are needed on college campuses to educate, screen and treat students struggling with eating disorders. In the study, respondents (campus service provider representatives) at 165 participating colleges and universities provided information on eating disorder-related programs and services, including: campus screening and awareness events; educational programs and workshops; counseling services; academic classes or programs; residence life and peer advisor
Empire State Building lit in blue and green for NEDAwareness Week on February 26, 2012. Staff went to view it tonight- what a sight! Thank you to the Empire State Building for choosing NEDA as an official lighting partner.
If you are interested in tonight's NEDAwareness Week Event "Inside the Modeling Industry: A Conversation about Health and Beauty in Fashion" co-hosted with the Model Alliance, but can't make it, try streaming LIVE coverage straight to your computer! The event will be held from 7:30-9:00 pm EST. Follow these easy instructions to be a part of this insightful discussion.
1. Use a computer that has Windows Media Player installed
2. Open up the Media Player from your Programs list
3. Go to the Library tab at the top and Right Click it
The newest edition focuses on a diverse range of experiences and perspectives, from age to culture, race to sexuality, socioeconomic status to gender identity, highlighting the 2013 NEDAwareness Week theme of Everybody Knows Somebody. Check out the latest issue here.
Is your organization involved in raising awareness, or would like to be? There’s still time to partner with NEDA and receive the recognition your efforts deserve. Partnering is easy, and highlights the tremendous work and positive actions you are doing this NEDAwareness Week. Complete the online form to have your name displayed on our website!
Model Alliance Founder, Sara Ziff, and NEDA are co-hosting an evening of in-depth discussions about understanding eating disorders and body image within the fashion industry. Panelists consisting of high-profile models such as Emme, Crystal Renn, Amy Lemons, and Katharine Schuette, industry professionals Chris Gay, and researchers Ashley Mears and Evelyn Attia, will give an inside look to the relationship between the prevalence of eating disorders and the fashion world.
Join The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt for their event to discuss promoting positive body image, self-acceptance, and mindfulness. This is a great opportunity for parents, educators, professionals and all to learn how they can support others in their journey towards a healthy and happy lifestyle. See event information here.
Your local schools can offer free screenings to detect if someone may be struggling with an eating disorder and direct them to the help they need. Early detection increases the chances for an early recovery. Find out more about how you can get your school involved here.
Join us for an eye-opening one woman show performed by Cathy Plourde. This event will be held at the Capitol building in Maine, and is geared towards bringing attention to policy makers about the dangers of eating disorders. Take a look at this events information here.
Support important eating disorders insurance reform by educating legislators and showing them reform is needed! Come out on February 21st from 10:30am – 1:00pm, to the Missouri Capitol to meet with your legislators to urge support for insurance legislation. Find out more information here.
This Valentine’s Day, take the opportunity to make others feel loved by starting an OPERATION Beautiful in your area. Write positive affirmations on post-its and stick them on mirrors, doors, and any other place where it can be seen by passerby’s. You never know whose day you will make. Find out more about OPERATION Beautiful here.
Are you hosting an event or interested in getting involved this NEDAwareness Week? Share your information in the shareable Regional Press Release, or submit the National Press Release and Public Service Announcements to your local newspapers, radio and television stations to get the word out about NEDAwareness Week 2013. You can find it all here.
Whether you’re a parent, educator, or coach everybody knows somebody and NEDA has the tools to help! Check out the toolkits page for more resources and education on eating disorders, common myths, strategies for assistance, and how to offer support to a loved one. NEDA offers toolkits for parents, educators, coaches and athletic trainers.
Thank you to everyone who has requested a NEDAwareness Week poster! We do not have anymore posters available for request, however you can download your own poster for free! Follow this link to print out 4 sizes of our poster, at your convenience.
Are you concerned with media messages about size, weight, and beauty? Let’s take a stand! Through the Media Watchdog tips you can speak out to educate on the impact of current messages and encourage companies to send healthier media messages. Become a more critical viewer of the media and take action now by checking out our responsible media guidelines and suggestions.
NEDA has hosted a variety of webinars, guided by professionals and individuals sharing first-hand knowledge of eating disorders. Ranging from discussions on weight stigma, legislative advocacy, siblings, males and eating disorders, insurance coverage, and more, your questions may be answered here.
NEDA Navigators are trained volunteers, who are here to support anyone navigating the complex system and emotions when an eating disorder has impacted their life. Whether you are the one struggling from an eating disorder, or if it is your loved one, there is a Navigator available to lend support, guidance, and ensure you are not alone. Request a NEDA Navigator here.
The newest Helpline feature, Click to Chat, offers the opportunity for those struggling with an eating disorder or struggling to help their loved one, to talk with a trained NEDA volunteer without picking up the phone. Access Chat on your computer, iPad, or mobile phone to find out how you can find help.