September 2013 E-Newsletter

Making a Difference

“With the information you provided, I was recently able to help another mother worried about her suffering daughter. Before connecting with EDRC, we didn’t have much support. Thank you.” – Mother, Support Group Attendee

“Thank you for the program on healthy eating for our Spanish-speaking parents from Washington Elementary School. The speakers were very interactive and engaging, and the hands on approach required the audience to pay attention and become involved.”Stacy Muccino, Board President of Collaborative Community Program

“Dr. Lisa Groesz’ presentation on “How to Manage Eating Disorders in a Residential Treatment Center for Addiction” helped us understand the new DSM-V for binge eating and the role of stress in eating behaviors. We walked away with tools to use with our clients and knowledge of local resources for treatment and support.”Amanda Young, PhD, Clinical Director of The Sequoia Center

Give a Gift Times Three

Incredible opportunity! Your gift, received by December 31, 2013, will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to the generosity of an EDRC board member and a founding donor. Donations can be made in honor of a loved one who has been affected by the illness or as a thank you to a physician, counselor, or organization that has provided help or education.

Donations can be made online at, or checks can be sent to EDRC: 15891 Los Gatos Almaden Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032.

Senator Jim Beall

On June 25th, EDRC volunteer Emily Caruthers traveled to the State Capitol to testify for Senate Bill 22 (SB22) at the Assembly Health Committee hearing.  At the hearing, Assembly representatives received an update from experts and state officials regarding federal and state parity compliance in California. EDRC was the only local organization represented among state and national organizations like the California Association of Health Plans (CAHP), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and American Psychological Association (APA).

SB22 ensures that the cost of treatment for mental illnesses, including eating disorders, is covered by health insurance in the state. A team from EDRC will be meeting with Jim Beall and Aide Alex Wara on September 20th at his Campbell office.

Understanding Feeding Challenges

Bringing non-profits, parents, and professionals together on October 15 and 16, EDRC and Childhood Feeding Collaborative will host pediatrician Dr. Katja Rowell, author of the new book Love Me, Feed Me. The National Institute of Health estimates that up to 25% of children may suffer from feeding disorders such as selective eating, food phobias, and aversions, which can lead to eating disorders.  Presentation titles include “Helping Children Eat and Grow in Healthy Ways” and “Take Anxiety and Conflict Off the Dinner Table.”

In the Spotlight: Vanessa McCaslin

Vanessa grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from The Academy of Art University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Advertising. She started volunteering for EDRC in 2010 managing our Facebook page and Google AdWords. A board member since 2011, she is Creative Director of a new public service announcement (PSA) for EDRC.

“I always wanted to use my advertising skills to make a difference. I was very disappointed in the media’s overuse of Photoshop and wanted to focus on promoting positive body image and positive self-esteem. Seeing our Facebook page grow and reading the responses is incredibly inspiring. I love being able to make a difference, and knowing that my posts inspire others.”

Vanessa is Vice President of My Executive Personal Assistant, a company started with her mother, Marlene. The mother-daughter “dynamic duo” was profiled in the April issue of the M Magazine. Vanessa is also an active volunteer for Junior League of San Jose.

Working Toward Recovery

Emily Caruthers, MFT, leads a new group in Palo Alto on Thursday evenings.  This ongoing group is open to all ages, genders, and types of eating disorders.  Support groups create a safe place for struggling individuals to find community, support, understanding, and hope.

As a reminder, the Mission Oaks group now meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month at 6pm. To sign up for weekly support group reminders, email

In the News

  • Educated 385 healthcare professionals, physicians, and non-profit staff through targeted presentations.
  •  Educated 168 school students, administrators, and staff members.
  • Raised body image awareness among 38 local schools through our annual Every Body’s Beautiful essay contest, in which 62 middle and high school students participated.
  • Reached 745 individuals through community-based awareness activities.
  • Supported 294 clients through free monthly support groups.
  • Provided referrals and resources for 357 clients who called or emailed for help.

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