National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is Feb. 26-March 3. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, there will be a screening of a documentary film that explores this issue on Feb. 28 and eating disorder screenings on Thursday, March 1.
The documentary, “ED 101,” is distributed by NORMAL, a national nonprofit organization that uses arts and mindfulness programs to educate on eating disorders, body image and self-esteem issues. The film will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Sandburg Flicks, Sandburg Residence Halls, 3400 N. Maryland Ave.
“With more than 25 million Americans struggling from eating disorders, there is a critical need for eating disorder awareness and the kind of support we bring to this vulnerable population,” says NORMAL founder and CEO Robyn Hussa.
“All faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in this event to increase awareness and knowledge about eating disorders,” says Heather Henrickson, a psychologist at UWM’s Norris Health Center.
“ED 101” examines this widespread, yet highly misunderstood, mental illness through compelling family journeys, hopeful stories of recovery, and performances by Broadway and American Idol stars. The film will be followed by a 20-minute discussion with Hussa, local medical professionals and an individual in recovery. The event also will include UWM and community resource tables. Food and refreshments will be provided.
UWM sponsors include the Norris Health Center, Women’s Resource Center, University Housing and Athletics.
Screenings for eating disorders will be held from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, in the UWM Union, room 183, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. At the same time, free educational and referral information will be available in the UWM Union, first floor. Mental health counselors from Norris Health Center will be staffing the table and on hand to answer questions. Also available will be information on how to develop healthy eating and exercise habits.
The screenings include:
- An anonymous eating disorder assessment,
- Educational resources for participants to take home,
- A confidential interview with a mental health specialist to discuss the results of individual screenings,
- A list of local resources where treatment is available.
This event is sponsored by the Norris Health Center. For more information, contact JoAnne Graham at 414-229-5144.