January 2011 E-Newsletter

EDRC Goes Green with a New E-Newsletter!

We hope that you enjoy the first edition of the EDRC Family & Friends E-newsletter! This publication will be sent out quarterly and will be filled with the same news you have come to know in the print version.  We strive to bring you up-to-date news on local eating disorders awareness and education events, recovery opportunities, and advocacy efforts taking place throughout Silicon Valley. Thank you for your continued support!

EDRC Board Member Appointed to National Eating Disorders Coalition Board

Seham El-Diwany, MD has been elected to the National Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) Board. EDC is a Washington, D.C. based advocacy organization whose mission is to advance the federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority. She will be representing physicians locally and nationally on EDC’s Board for their annual Lobby Day on April 12, 2011. We are so honored to have Seham represent us on the Coalition Board. Her Kaiser Permanente and Santa Clara County Medical Association colleagues can also take great pride. For more details, please visit the EDC website.

New Support Group in Santa Cruz

Starting this month, EDRC is offering two NEW Free Support Groups in Santa Cruz.  Secrecy and shame around having an eating disorder can make it particularly difficult to seek help and recover. A support group can provide a safe environment, relief, options, hope and a sense of community. On an evaluation for the group, one attendee commented, “It was so amazing and comforting to sit and talk to girls and women who were going through the same thing I was. I felt a huge weight being lifted from my shoulders. The EDRC support group meetings were such a big help to me in my recovery.”

Welcome to La Ventana and Cielo House who are just opening in Silicon Valley and are offering PHP and IOP outpatient programs.

2nd Annual Every Body’s Beautiful Essay Contest

EDRC is having our 2nd annual Every Body’s Beautiful essay contest for middle and high school students.  Top essays will win cash prizes up to $300! To date, we have already received 67 essays from 24 schools. The last day to submit an essay is Friday, February 11th. Please visit our website to read last year’s winning essays. Thank you Kaiser San Jose for sponsoring this important project again in 2011. Our essay contest was mentioned in a radio interview with Sandy Stec from KBAY/KEZR’s South Bay Sunday show.

We Couldn’t Do It Without You!

We are so grateful to our partners and volunteers whose support enables us to continue our successful programs and services.

Recent gifts include funding from El Camino, Kaiser San Jose, Lockheed, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, William H. Cilker Family Foundation, and the Rotary Club of San Jose. Lisa Jafferies, Rotary Club member and Kaiser Permanente employee stated,“I am delighted that Rotary Club of San Jose was able to donate funds to help EDRC purchase much needed computer equipment, books, and marketing materials to take their work to the next level. The community needs to learn about this vital topic. We are pleased to support EDRC through our Rotary endowment. We see and appreciate the good work they are doing in our community.”

The Health Trust challenged EDRC to raise $25,000 in NEW donors, which would be matched one to one. With this challenge, we more than doubled our donor base from 85 to 193 donors – that is 108 NEW donors! This matching grant ended on December 31, 2010 and we were just shy of our goal. Donate today to support our efforts and join our family of donors.

We are pleased to announce that we have reached our goal for the San Jose Medical Center Foundation (SJMCF) 3 to 1 match! These funds have been set aside in a board-designated endowment to ensure for long-term sustainability. Thank you to the SJMC Foundation and to all of the donors who made the match possible.

EDRC appreciates our 55 volunteers who offer their time and talents doing everything from leading support groups; creating our marketing materials; writing our press releases; designing and managing our website; providing administrative support; and creating and summarizing evaluations. In addition, members of our speakers bureau help us educate physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Sarah Johnson is a sophomore at Pioneer High School and has been volunteering at our office since September 2010 helping us with a wide range of projects. Most recently, she has been working with our current webmaster, Katie Clark, to learn our software, Joomla, and update and maintain our website. Sarah recently said, “It’s been great working at EDRC because I feel like I’ve learned so much and after every time I volunteer I walk away feeling as if I did something positive for the community. The people working here have been so wonderful and I’m so glad to be part of such a great organization.”

Nancy Price, a mother of three grown children, has started volunteering with us in October 2010. She has been instrumental in getting the word out about our Every Body’s Beautiful essay contest to all middle and high schools in Santa Clara County. “Volunteering is such a mutually beneficial experience for both the volunteer and the organization,” shared Nancy. “I chose to volunteer with EDRC initially, because Janice Bremis was so inviting in her demeanor, and I felt that she cared more about me being happy with what I did and where I ended up, than whether or not it was going to fit her specific needs at the EDRC. I also love the idea of being able to help people in any way discover what’s “’right’ about themselves, and to assist in getting them tools to more clearly see their true ‘inner beauty‘.”

Save These Important Dates

Saturday, February 12 at 8:30 am at the San Jose office of Terryann Sanders, MFT – Workshop for the loved ones of individuals with eating disorders. Pre-registration required. $45 per person.

Thursday, Februarby 24 at 7 pm at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital – Eating Disorders and the Athlete. Panel Experts: James Lock, MD, PhD; Hans Steiner, MD; Neville Golden, MD; Jennifer Carlson, MD. Pre-registration required. Free.

Sunday, February 27 at 2 pm at the Redwood City Barnes & Noble – Children’s bookreading of the book Full Mouse, Empty Mouse. Engaging illustrations and “eat just enough” theme creates a sensible message for all ages. Free.

Friday, March 11 at 7 pm at Camera Cinema 3 – America The Beautiful Part 2 – Health For Sale. Thank you to our sponsors La Ventana, Hazelden, and Timberline Knolls.

Tuesday, April 5 at 4 pm  Dr. Martin Luther King Library in San Jose – Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD., Director University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program presents information on binge eating. Her new book Crave will be available for sale. Free.

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