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Advocacy from Coast to Coast
Spring Groups
TEP in the Community
Recovery Night 

March 12, 2013  


At this month's Recovery Night, The Emily Program will host Kitty Westin and Katie Bird.


Kitty Westin, Advocacy Director of The Emily Program Foundation, will talk about how she and her family turned the tragedy of her daughter's death into hope and help for others struggling with eating disorders. Kitty maintains that the day Anna died was the day she turned into an advocate and vowed to do everything in her power to prevent others from having the experience Anna and her family had. For the past 13 years Kitty has been using her voice to help others understand eating disorders and improve access to treatment. Kitty will share her experiences as a mother turned advocate and describe how she was able to not only survive the death of her daughter but use it as a catalyst for change. 

Katie and her husband will share how her lifelong struggle with an eating disorder affected each of them. Katie will talk about what the path to recovery looked like for her and what life is like today. 

Date: March 12
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM Location: 2265 Como Ave, lower level, St. Paul, MN 55108

Recovery Night is a night of inspiration and hope, and occurs the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This is a free event that is open to the community.  
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Advocacy from Coast to Coast 
As Eating Disorders Awareness Week wraps up, it's important to remember that it doesn't have to stop here. Each and every person can truly make a difference each day--from changing one's own self-talk to changing conversations at large around eating disorders, health, and body image. We each have the ability to influence positive change. 
Throughout Eating Disorders Awareness Week we worked to build awareness and change the conversation around health and body image in Seattle and the Twin Cities. 

The week of events included an enlightening art exhibition put on by The Emily Program Foundation. The exhibit will be on display at The Art Institutes International Minnesota Art Gallery in Minneapolis through March 14th, 2013. 

In Seattle, we hosted our very first Recovery Night at the University of Washington. It was an amazing night with rich, inspirational stories of recovery. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us for these events!
Want to get involved with advocacy? Spring Lobby Day is April 17 in Washington D.C. Visit Eating Disorders Coalition to learn more about how to participate in this important day on Capitol Hill.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Spring Groups Start Soon

Spring is nearly here. We're excited to offer an array of groups -- there's something for everyone. 

Along with our quarterly and ongoing groups, we also offer free groups for family members and friends that have someone in their lives who struggles with an eating disorder. Our free Family & Friends and Understanding Eating Disorders, Treatment, and Recovery groups are open to everyone in the community -- no need to register, just show up. It's just as important for family and friends to receive support as it is for their loved one. Check out our free support groups on the website or on the last page of the Spring Catalog.
TEP in the Community 

St. Paul, MN


When: Tuesday, March 19 at 7 PM

Where: The Recovery Church, 253 State St, St Paul, MN 55107 


Understanding Eating Disorders 

Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening conditions that require appropriate care and management by a team of mental health professionals. This session will provide a basic level of understanding of the multidimensional nature of eating disorder development and maintenance, challenges related to recovery, and communication techniques to help approach someone you are worried may struggling with an eating disorder. The session will also address the diverse range of people that eating disorders can impact.



St. Louis Park, MN


Thursday, May 2 


On Thursday evening, May 2, 2013, The Emily Program is pleased to serve as a promotional partner as Beth El Synagogue in Saint Louis Park hosts Cooked: An Evening with Michael Pollan.  World-renowned author and activist Michael Pollan will guide our minds and our palettes through "a natural history of transformation."  Exploring the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen, we are inspired by Michael to discover the enduring power of the four classical elements-fire, water, air, and earth-to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink.  In doing so, we are altogether more conscious of the world around us.  Presented as part of Beth El's "Inspiring Minds" Series, tickets are available now at or by calling 952-873-7300.  Don't get closed out of this premiere event-this event will sell out!  A portion of the proceeds of this event will go to benefit Appetite for Change, a north Minneapolis non-profit which seeks to build individual, family, and community capacity to use growing, cooking and eating food as vehicles for social change.

In the News

Recently, a wonderful article was published in the City Pages about the difficulty that people with mental illnesses have getting access to the care they need. Read it today

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