Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) is held the first week of February annually by groups across Canada, the United States, and increasingly, around the world. The purpose of this week is to educate the public on the relationship between dieting, body dissatisfaction, and eating disorders. The goal is to increase awareness of the social factors causing individuals to develop anorexia, bulimia, and weight preoccupation. Please visit the National Eating Disorder Information Centre for more information.
Hope’s Garden’s featured event was the
Annual Eating Disorders Awareness Week Breakfast February 8, 2011.
This year’s keynote speaker was to be Dr. Susan Biali who planned to speak on creating wellness, balance and hope, and a life you love. Dr. Baili was ill with the flu and was not able to make it from Vancouver. Fortunately, Noelle Martin, RD, very capably stepped in and delivered a similar talk about eating disorders, food and balance. Courtney Watson, RSW, MSW, last year’s event chairperson, followed Noelle with a powerful testimonial of her own journey through an eating disorder. We cannot thank Noelle and Courtney enough for not only filling in for Dr. Biali, but for delivering such wonderful presentations.
Thank you to Deb Matthews, MPP and Chris Bentley, MPP for their letters of encouragement regarding the event and the important work of Hope’s Garden in our community.
And thank you to all those who attended this event, and for your gracious understanding concerning the last minute change of speakers.
We’d especially like to thank our event sponsors: