Archive for April 13, 2012

The Emily Program Foundation Joins the EDC for Lobby Day at the Capital, April 24

The Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC)  bi-annual National Lobby Day will be on April 24, 2012 in Washington DC. Twice a year professionals and advocates in the eating disorder field travel to Washington DC to talk with Members of Congress. Their objectives are to increase the awareness of the presence of eating disorders in the United States, bolster funding for research and to change the way people with eating disorders have access care.

More specifically, EDC Lobby Day supports the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders (FREED Act) – the first comprehensive eating disorder bill that will promote research, improve access to treatment and prevention/education programs. This year, The Emily Program Foundation has awarded four scholarships to support volunteers participating in Lobby Day. This year’s theme is, “The Faces of Eating Disorders: Will the Person with an Eating Disorder Please Stand Up?”

Our message to Members of Congress is this; Think only young, rich, white women suffer from eating disorders? Think again. Eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders not otherwise specified, do not discriminate. They cut across age, race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation and even political party. Anyone can suffer from an eating disorder.
For more information about the FREED Act and its impacts on eating disorder research, treatment, and education, visit the Eating Disorder Coalition (EDC) blog.

How can you get involved?
Contact your representatives and encourage them to support the FREED Act.

To find out who your US Representative is, visit http://www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org/letter-writing-campaign.htm

To find out who your Senator is , visit http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

You can also join the EDC’s letter writing campaign by visiting http://www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org/letter-writing-campaign.htm

Gloria Steinem to Speak in St Louis Park, MN

Gloria SteinemOn Tuesday evening, April 17, 2012, Beth El Synagogue in Saint Louis Park, MN will host world-renowned author and activist, Gloria Steinem.

Steinem will share her reflections on “Feminism: the Longest Revolution,” offering a perspective on the true meaning of equality and enhancing our collective commitment to tolerance, love and peace. Steinem is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice.

This event is presented as part of Beth El’s “Inspiring Minds” Speaker Series, The Emily Program is pleased to serve as a promotional partner for this premiere event.

Tickets are available now at http://www.bethelsynagogue.org/gloria
Or by calling 952-873-7300