Thursday, January 22, 2015

Eating Disorder Awareness Week is Coming Soon!

Get ready! February 1-7th is The National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW). The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign has some ways you can take part.

PEDAW Wristband Challenge

*Open to BC Residents 

Order a free Love our Bodies, Love Ourselves wristband here & post photos to our Twitter & Facebook accounts, February 1-7th.  Be creative!

 


#Purple4PEDAW

 Wear purple February 6th & help bring awareness to eating disorders!  Share photos via 

Twitter & on our Facebook event page
Structures turning #Purple4PEDAW
-Vancouver:
BC Place,  The dome at Science World at TELUS World of Science, the Olympic Cauldron at the Vancouver Convention Centre
-Coquitlam:
Fountain at Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park at 1205 Pinetree Way
-Nanaimo:
Bastion (95 Front Street)
-Penticton
SOEC (South Okanagan Events Centre) 853 Eckhardt Avenue West (on now until Feb. 7th)
**Stay tuned to our social media channels in case we have more locations!


One of the ideas in our PEDAW in a Box kit

Host your own community event!

We have a number of ideas for you to try out in your own community to help bring awareness. Want to book a display window in your community library? How about organizing a flashmob? Download our PEDAW in a Box kit.

Share with us what activities you have planned through our online events calendar.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 31: Be there!


Join us in partnership with Vancouver Public Library for this upcoming event.

Event page: http://bit.ly/pedaw_vpl



Friday, January 9, 2015

New Years Resolution Revolution, by Sioned Dyer

Happy New Years!

The start of a new year is always a popular time to re-evaluate and make changes to live a more optimal, focused and healthy life. This, of course, is a good thing. What is not such a good thing is how we often set unrealistic goals for ourselves that are not sustainable long term. Staring down a resolution list can be especially daunting when it outlines expectations like:
  • I will lose 20 pounds
  • I will exercise once a day
  • I will run a marathon four months from now
  • I will never eat sugar again...
The list goes on. For a few weeks it seems like a breeze, but then slowly life gets in the way trying to do it all, and everything begins to get incredibly difficult. And when that dreaded day comes, the day you eat an entire bag of gummie-bears or realize that you have never liked running in the first place, it can be a big hit to your confidence.
I am speaking from personal experience and have spent many February's feeling pretty crummy for not being able to keep my ‘never eat chips again’ goal or ‘run 10km four times a week goal’. I have learned that focusing on emotional goals rather than just physical goals is a really positive way to move into a new year.

For example, this year I have made a resolution to write down a few things I am grateful for everyday. As a new mom, I find that I don’t have a lot of quiet time to think and reflect, so this has helped me to appreciate all the amazing things that happen in a day. Even after a few days, reading the entries has been incredibly uplifting and empowering.

I also have physical goals as I am now five months post-partum, and healthy living is important to me. But these goals include the word ‘try,’ as in, ‘try to get to stroller fit’ 3 out of 4 sessions a month, rather than ‘I will make every class’. The first option gives me room to breathe without feeling like I failed. It also means that I am more likely to stick with it rather than give up after missing a couple classes.

So this year, why don’t you try to mix it up a little? For every physical, healthy eating goal you have, write an emotional goal for yourself as well. It will help balance your resolution ‘plate’ and give you an opportunity to take time for yourself, something that seems to get lost in the day to day!

I hope 2015 is a year full of peace, learning and growth!

~ Sioned, PEDAW Committee Member
@sionedved


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Introducing the"TrueRecovery" Campaign: Three $2,000 Grants for ED Treatment


Project True Giving Three $2000 Grants for Specialized Eating Disorder Treatment Program Through “TrueRecovery” Campaign

Vancouver, BC -- (January 5, 2015) - Project True is seeking applicants for an outpatient eating disorder treatment program with renowned specialist, Dr. Laird Birmingham. Three selected applicants will receive $2000 towards their treatment program as part of the TrueRecovery campaign.

Applications are open to residents of the Lower Mainland who are at least 18 years of age, currently struggling with an eating disorder, and in need of financial assistance. Applicants must submit the online form, and a letter of recommendation from a physician or counselor by January 23, 2015. The names of candidates that meet the basic requirements of the online application will be placed into a draw, and selected on February 6, 2015.

Selected candidates will receive a consultation with Dr. Birmingham (http://drbirmingham.com) to determine medical eligibility. Dr. Birmingham will work with successful candidates to create a treatment program that meets their specific needs.

Project True founder and president Angela Rinaldis estimates that in her own journey towards recovery from Anorexia Nervosa, she has spent over $55,000 out of pocket to cover the costs of her outpatient care. The TrueRecovery campaign seeks to mitigate the expense, wait times, and other obstacles faced by British Columbians seeking treatment for disordered eating. Details and applications for TrueRecovery can be found online at http://projecttrue.com/new/truerecovery/

Project True is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing access to eating disorder recovery. Project True was created out of the lack of resources available for people struggling with body image issues and disordered eating in the lower mainland.
  
Contact Information:
Angela Rinaldis
Email: arlawcorp@shaw.ca
Web: www.projecttrue.com