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Kent State to Host National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Posted Feb. 17, 2014

To help bring public attention and support to the Kent community, Kent State University is collaborating with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) to sponsor the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week) Feb. 23 - March 1.

NEDAwareness Week, which is co-sponsored by the Kent State Body Acceptance Movement, will consist of different activities each day of the week for members of the Kent State community who may be seeking support, advice or information about eating disorders.

“Students can benefit just by being educated,” says Megan Carrasco, president of the Kent State Body Acceptance Movement. “Eating disorders are a mental illness, not a lifestyle choice. It requires help, and sometimes the issue only becomes more real when you experience it firsthand.”

On Monday, Feb. 24, Cleveland’s Terminal Tower will be lit with National Eating Disorders Awareness ’s signature green and blue colors to spotlight the fight against eating disorders.

At Kent State, activities will begin on Feb. 24 with a question and answer panel that will discuss the destructive nature of eating disorders from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 316 at the Kent Student Center. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, there will be information tables throughout the second floor of the Kent Student Center from 11 a.m. to noon. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, an event called Love Your Body Yoga will be held at 8 p.m. in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Preregistration is required. Scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27, is a presentation titled “Healthy at Every Size” at 4 p.m. in Room 318 of the Kent Student Center. To wrap up the week, a reflection compilation will take place on the second floor of the Kent Student Center at 11 a.m.

“We will have tables in the Kent Student Center on Monday, Tuesday and Friday to help spread awareness about resources on campus, the misconceptions of eating disorders and to do a Post-Secret event,” says Carrasco. “Not all of us may have an eating disorder or issue with our bodies, but we usually know someone who does.”

For more information about NEDAwarness Week and the Kent State Body Acceptance Movement, visit www.facebook.com/ksubam.