It is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and Abby’s House is participating by putting on events to help bring awareness to eating disorders, as well as hosting fun activities to encourage positive body images.
According to the NEDA website, “the goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to put the spotlight on eating disorders and improve public understanding of their causes, dangers and treatments. Millions of people across the country suffer from eating disorders, but by increasing awareness and access to resources, we can encourage early detection and intervention. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder, so early intervention can mean saving lives.”
Abby’s House has officially partnered with Project Heal, which is a nonprofit organization that provides awareness and scholarships to those who are suffering so they can receive treatment. Abby’s House has been working with the Willamette Chapter of Project Heal, which was founded by Karis Alston, a WOU student.
On Thursday, February 25th, Abby’s House and Project Heal will be having a presentation regarding eating disorders in general as well as positive body affirmations. The presentation will include personal testimonies from campus staff and students. The presentation will take place in the Calapooia Room in the WUC at 5:00 pm, and all are invited to attend.
If you think you may be suffering from an eating disorder, or know someone who needs help, call the WOU Student Health and Counseling Center or the NEDA Hotline. To learn more about eating disorders, visit the NEDA website.
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