Tuesday, February 24, 2009

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week – 2009

I’m back to the frozen tundra we like to call Minnesota after a week sojourn to warmer climes. Good for the soul and the frozen fingers to take some time to simply BE. As I am always telling my coaching clients, “You cannot pour from an empty cup. Fill yourself up.” I’m always reminded when I fly and those flight attendants tell us to “put your oxygen mask on first.” We must do that with ourselves always but especially when we have a loved one who is recovering from an eating disorder.

I’m so excited that it is once again NEDAW – National Eating Disorders Awareness Week! Each year this event raises more awareness and funding for life-saving programs that help people in their recovery.

There are numerous events taking place both Nationally and here in the Twin Cities. A simple google search “NEDA events” with your town or city will help you find some near you. I’ll be doing a family breakout session on perspectives for the family member at Methodist Hospital this Friday February 27th from 6-8pm. I’ll post more information prior to the event.

A special event should you be near NYC this week:

A quick reminder that the National Eating Disorders Association will be screening "Swept" as a part of their NEDAwareness Week on February 26th, 2009. The event will start at 7pm and will feature "Swept" and documentary entitled "Beauty Mark" which explores the descent and reemergence of a world class athlete from anorexia and exercise addiction. The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion lead by eating disorder expert Sondra Kronberg MS, RD, CDN. The event will be held at Pace University (1 Pace Plaza) in lower Manhattan (near City Hall).

If you are planning attend please RSVP to nyfilm@myneda.org. Attendees will need to clear security to enter the Pace Facility. NEDA will provide Pace with an RSVP guest list--which will facilitate faster entrance to the event. All guests are asked to bring a photo ID.
Thanks again,

Watch for more events and more NEDAW information this week!

1 comment:

Life Works said...

Thanks for your article. Struggling with an eating disorder can cause profound isolation, fear and hopelessness. Because this illness thrives in secret, people with anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating hide their behaviours from those closest to them, hoping that no one will notice whilst hoping that someone will.
In order to begin the process of recovery, secrecy must give way to self awareness and honesty, and this can only happen in a safe, structured and caring environment.

I would also like to suggest a website with lots more information about eating disorders as well as addictions . www.lifeworkscommunity.com

Life Works Community Blog also gives a source of information and inspiration from some of the leading counselors at Life Works. Topics include: alcohol addiction and drug addiction, eating disorders ( anorexia, bulimia , and compulsive overeating ), depression and anxiety disorders , and compulsive disorders ( sex addiction , love addiction , gambling addiction , and codependency ).