February 2013 E-Newsletter

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week – Participate!

This year, EDRC is collaborating with the Santa Clara County Library District to present the fourth annual Every Body’s Beautiful Essay Contest for middle and high school students. Students are invited to write essays about the media’s effect on their self-esteem and body image. The top three essays from both age categories will win cash prizes of up to $300. For more details, please view our flyer.

In addition, the seven community libraries will feature displays, educational handouts, and books related to eating disorders and recovery during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 24 – March 2, 2013.

Cupertino Library and Milpitas Library will host special programs for adults and teens that week. On February 27, at 7 p.m., Pam Carlton, M.D. will present a lecture for adults titled “When is a diet more than just a diet – learn how to spot symptoms of an eating disorder.” A different program aimed at young people, “Are you a teen worried about someone you know? Come and learn about eating disorders,” will be presented by eating disorders expert Laura Griffith at the Milpitas Library on Thursday, February 28, at 4pm.

Facebook Users… Please be sure to participate in our awareness efforts by posting your favorite affirmation on our page.


Ask the Experts about Early Signs and Symptoms at LPCH

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital will host their annual ask-the-expert session entitiled, “Eating Disorders in Late Childhood and Preteens: Early Warning Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments,” from 7:00 – 8:30 pm on Wednesday, February 27th.

Please pre-register by calling: 650-724-4601. Location:725 Welsh Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304. Free parking is available at 730 Welsh Road (across from the hospital). For more information, see flyer.


Welcoming Two New Board Members

Since 2007, Amy Hsieh has been committed to helping EDRC impact the lives of individuals throughout the Bay Area who suffer from or care for loved ones with eating disorders. She currently manages EDRC’s twitter account.

Mary Griffith first got involved with EDRC as a parent of a daughter with an eating disorder and through the 2012 NEDA Walk. Along with founding board member Candace Ford, Mary is leading EDRC’s collaboration with the Santa Clara County Library District.


Articles Worth the Read

The Tragedy of Mental-Health Law: Patient protections have become rigid rules excluding families from patient care and exceeding common sense.

Sheila Himmel, a food critic, blogs about a road trip with her daughter who is in recovery from an eating disorder: You Must Be Hungry.

In the Huffington Post, Andrea Watchter gives tips for parents whose kids have eating issues.


Workshop for Parents and Caregivers

Terryann Sanders, LMFT, provides skills and communication techniques for parents and caregivers of individuals with eating disorders. Terryann specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and related body image and self-esteem issues. When: Saturday, March 9th, 2013 from 8:30 am – 12pm. Location: 650 N. Winchester Blvd, Suite 2, San Jose,CA  95128. See flyer for more information.


Center for Discovery’s Dr. Jennifer Penney Presents…

Dr. Jennifer Penney

“Clinical Considerations and Approaches in Treating Eating Disorders,” a workshop on eating disorders, co-morbidity, and gender differences. Dr. Penney is a licensed Psychologist and the Program Director for Center for Discovery in Menlo Park. She specializes in providing psychotherapy for children and their families, with focus specifically in the area of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, cutting, and trauma.

When: Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 from 10 AM -12 PM

Location: El Camino Hospital (Room O, Park Pavilion Building), 2500 Grant Rd, Mountain View, CA 94040

Presented in partnership with California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).


Our Work in Action

“There was no help or contact to give families support until EDRC. EDRC has been a true blessing by offering connections, information, and support groups.”
–Marcia Croft

“My students and I wanted to compliment EDRC’s website for providing ‘awesome’ resources on body image.”
–Jenny Kim, Westwood Youth Group Mentor

“Thank you to EDRC and Dr. Sarah Forsberg for the informative presentation on eating disorders. The area of eating disorders is often neglected, due to a lack of accessible information. This often results in a lack of confidence among clinicians in even approaching the topic. Staff commented that they are more confident in their ability to address this area of treatment.”
–Christie Pfalzgraf, Alum Rock Counseling Center Supervisor

To schedule an educational presentation for your organization (classroom, professional group, health-related meeting, etc.), contact Kira at kira@edrcsv.org.


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