Posts Tagged ‘Advocacy’

A Day on the Hill

Capitol Hill. The Senate. The House. All of these institutions seem imposing.

How can one person have any impact on the complex processes of our government? The amazing thing is, it is possible. As Americans, each and every one of us can impact our legislative process by using our voices. Speaking our truths, telling our stories, and sharing our own experiences can make a difference that can impact millions.

I did just this on Monday this week at EDC Lobby Day, talking to our policy makers about the Anna Westin Act. I went to Lobby Day because I know that passing a bill called the Anna Westin Act (AWA) will save lives. How does a bill about eating disorders save lives? The AWA opens up grant funding for training for health and school professionals and the public. With this training, more people will recognize the early signs of eating disorders, which can save lives. The public will understand more about eating disorders, which can reduce stigma and encourage those struggling to get help sooner.

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A Mother’s Journey From Grief to Action, Part 1

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by Kitty Westin

A reluctant advocate

I never wanted to be an advocate. I did not train or study or seek out “master” advocates to mentor me. I did not go to school or attend workshops or listen to webinars about becoming an advocate. I had no intention of starting a movement, being drafted into an army of eating disorder activists or becoming the thorn in the side of insurance companies. However, on February 17, 2000, the day my beloved daughter Anna Westin died of an eating disorder, I was launched into a life that I could not have imagined. The day Anna died of anorexia was the day that my life changed forever and the day I found my purpose.

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Eating Disorders are Tough. Let’s End the Stigma.

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I have often wondered why there are so many stigmas around eating disorders. People tend to engage in eating disordered behaviors, whether it’s bingeing, purging, compulsive exercise or significant food restriction, when they are alone. There is something so profound about this disease that behaviors can only be done in secret.

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Eating Disorder Awareness Month 2015

February marks our chance to amplify the work we do throughout the year. We have the unique opportunity to partner with colleges, universities, and other community members who also want to build awareness around eating disorders.

This month our staff will be working coast-to-coast to discuss eating disorders and their devastating effects on individuals, families, and communities. And to let people know that recovery is possible.

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Voices Get Heard at This Year’s Cleveland NEDA Walk

This year’s second annual Cleveland NEDA Walk was a huge success. More than 100 of you joined us on Oct. 18 to raise our voices and funds in the fight against eating disorders. It was the biggest turnout to date!

We’re grateful for NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) and host Olivia Armand for coordinating this special event. By coming together as a community, we were able to shed light on this devastating illness and support NEDA’s prevention, service and treatment programs.

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