EDC Spring Lobby Day is April 12th
Eating Disorder Coalition (EDC) Lobby Day is next week in Washington D.C. This one-day event will be filled with educating “teams” how to advocate for the FREED Act and then meeting with legislators to push for FREED Act support.
The Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act (FREED Act) is a comprehensive bill on eating disorders that addresses research, treatment, education and prevention. The bill would provide more funding for research and require insurance companies to cover treatment for eating disorders. Additionally, it would provide training for health professionals in eating disorders recognition and treatment.
Dr. Jillian Lampert and Kitty Westin of The Emily Program are heading to D.C. to lead some of the teams who are in support of the FREED Act. Each team will meet with legislators to educate them on the impact this bill could have within the field of eating disorders.
EDC is made up of multiple organizations and draws advocates from across a wide spectrum to support the bill. For example, one such group is composed of high school teens who are part of the organization, Boulder Youth Body Alliance, which works to promote healthy body image and educates adolescents about eating disorders.
To find out how you can get involved, visit Eating Disorder Coalition.