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Archive for December 14, 2016

Calling All Artists!

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ATTENTION ARTISTS!

Art and Eating Disorders- Building Community Awareness 2017

The Emily Program Foundation is calling to you for your artwork inspired by body image, eating disorders or related experiences. We are excited to host this upcoming exhibition at the Southern Theatre in partnership with Altered Esthetics to build awareness and education around eating disorders in our community. The exhibition will be on display February 3rd-26th, 2017.

If you have ever created artwork inspired by eating disorder recovery, please submit your work to this show! Themes include, but are not limited to, eating disorders, body image, and recovery.

Don’t wait to take part in this show; space is limited. Submissions are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. Art pieces must be framed and equipped with a wire hanger upon submission. Artwork will be displayed anonymously (unless otherwise requested).

Please include a photo of your piece and submit your artwork with the submission form to

Emily Monson no later than January 2nd, 2017.

Submit works to Emily Monson, Outreach and Program Manager

1295 Bandana Blvd. W., Ste. 210, St. Paul, MN 55108

Contact Emily at emily.monson@emilyprogramfoundation.org or 651-379-6122 with questions and to obtain a submission form.

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History Has Been Made

Guest Blog Post by Kitty Westin

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I was thrown onto an uncharted path nearly 17 years ago. I was in excruciating pain, I was lost and confused and had no idea how to navigate the path, where the journey was headed or what I was supposed to do along the way. When Anna died from an eating disorder on February 17, 2000 I felt like my world had blown apart. I did not know how to survive the tragedy but I did know one thing; I had to somehow transform the horror of Anna’s death into something positive. I reached out to Senator Paul Wellstone who was a champion of mental health parity and asked for his help. I told him Anna’s story and he told me to take the story to Washington D.C. He said that I should bring as many other voices with me as possible because that is what would make change happen. My journey has been hard, frustrating, messy, and often filled with obstacles, but it was always a journey of love.

Once I figured out that the journey was headed towards Washington D.C. it did not take long for others to join me on the path. People from across the United States stepped up and were willing to use their voices and tell their stories to Members of Congress. Soon we had a movement that included thousands of people who were committed to a common goal, which was to pass meaningful Federal legislation to address eating disorders.

In 2014 we introduced the Anna Westin Act and our advocates began the hard work of meeting with their representatives, making phone calls and sending letters, emails, tweets and posting on Facebook to drum up support. As the 114th Congress was nearing the end we heard that our efforts were successful and language from the Anna Westin Act was included in a bill called the 21st Century Cures Act. The Cures Act is a bipartisan bill and both the House and the Senate were motivated to get it passed before Congress adjourned in December. The House of Representatives passed the Cures Act with Anna Westin Act language included on Nov. 29 with an overwhelming majority, 392- 26. The bill was brought to the floor of the Senate on Dec. 7 and I along with fellow advocates watched as the Senators filed in one-by-one and voted. The bill won with an overwhelming majority of 94 – 5. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, President Obama will sign the bill and it will become law! After nearly 17 years of work we passed eating disorders specific legislation. We made history and the efforts of our advocates will help millions of people by providing training for medical professionals and clarifying that mental health parity applies to all levels of treatment including residential.

It is hard to describe how it felt to be sitting in the gallery of the Senate to witness this historic moment. I was elated and relieved. I felt immensely grateful to our grassroots advocates and our champions in the Senate and the House who worked tirelessly to get this done. And, I felt calm, like a weight was being lifted from my shoulders. I willingly took on the burden of getting this done and I was never alone on the journey. There were always people who helped carry the load but I always felt that it was my responsibility to be Anna’s voice and to get this initiative to the finish line. However, I and my fellow advocates could only take it so far, we had to have Members of the Senate and the House take it across the finish line. Senator Amy Klobuchar stepped up and assured us that she would do everything in her power to pass the Anna Westin Act and that is exactly what she did. She asked three women Senators to help; Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Senator Shelly Capito (R-WV) and they worked as a team to get this done. I am proud of our Minnesota Congressional Delegation who joined forces nearly unanimously including Sen. Al Franken [D-MN], Rep. Erik Paulsen [R-MN-3], Rep. Keith Ellison [D-MN-5], Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN-7], Rep. Tom Emmer [R-MN-6], Rep. Richard Nolan [D-MN-8], Rep. Timothy Walz [D- MN-1] and Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN-4] to help millions of people who are affected by eating disorders.

Passing language from the Anna Westin Act was truly a team effort. It proves that having passion and commitment and never, ever giving up can lead to success. Our work is not done, there are other issues that we need to address related to eating disorders but let’s all take a moment to bask in this victory! Anna wrote the following words in her journal just days before she died; “May your dreaming never end and your voice never die”. Thank you for daring to dream and using your voice. Together we made history!

 

 

 

Your Body Knows Best

Submission: Jessica Kaliher

As I get deeper into my nutrition studies in undergrad, I am stunned by all that food does for us. All of the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are either right here on Earth for us to consume or our bodies make them naturally.

Take a moment to just think about that. Our bodies do so much maintenance that we aren’t even aware of.

It is completely natural to eat because that is how all organisms live and thrive.

The simpler it gets in my head (food=fuel), the more confused I am about how we got to a point in our society where certain foods are deemed as bad and should be restricted.

Whose idea was it that we know more about weight loss, “healthy” bodies, and proper nutrition than our own bodies do? Our body knows when it is not thriving, when it is hungry, when it is full, and it will tell us which one it is feeling. Why do you think signs of deficiency show up when we are lacking in a certain vitamin? If you don’t consume enough vitamin A for long periods of time, for example, you could develop dry, bumpy skin. Or when you are hungry, your stomach grumbles and you feel a bit foggy. Our bodies speak to us, we just have to listen!

The tragedy is being blinded by our own impulses and feelings, or recognizing them and deciding that looking a certain way or feeling in control is more important.

There is no reason that you should solely be seeking weight loss. Seek a healthy body, regardless of size because size does not always equal health. your-body-knows-bestIf you focus on becoming healthy by eating a variety of delicious, fresh foods, moving your body, and doing things that make you happy, it will all add up and your body will return to its natural state eventually.

If a “diet” has a bunch of rules, and you find it hard to maintain all of them, then it’s probably not right for you. If you feel bad for breaking one of the “rules,” you should probably stop. If you are unable to focus in school or work or even just make it through the day- that is not normal. Normal eating should be intuitive and make you feel good, let’s not complicate the process.

At our core, our bodies know best and the more we love them and get in touch with them, the easier they are to read. If you put time into treating your body right, it will thank you.

I know there is a lot of conflicting and controversial information out there, but try not to get bogged down by it all. Instead, go back to the basics, trust yourself, and listen internally because your body knows best.

 

Art and Eating Disorders- Building Community Awareness 2017

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Attention Artists!

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Art and Eating Disorders – Building Community Awareness 2017

The Emily Program Foundation is calling to you for your artwork inspired by body image, eating disorders or related experiences. We are excited to host this upcoming exhibition at the Southern
Theater in partnership with Altered Esthetics
to build awareness and education around eating disorders in our community. The exhibition will be on display February 3rd – 26th, 2017.  

If you have ever created artwork inspired by eating disorder recovery, please submit your work to this show!  Themes include, but are not limited to, eating disorders, body image, and recovery.

Don’t wait to take part in this show; space is limited.  Submissions are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.  Art pieces must be framed and equipped with a wire hanger upon submission. Artwork will be displayed anonymously (unless otherwise requested).

Please include a photo of your piece and submit your artwork with the submission form to 

Emily Monson no later than January 2nd, 2017 

 

Submit works to Emily Monson, Outreach and Program Manager

1295 Bandana Blvd. W., Ste. 210, St. Paul, MN 55108

Contact Emily at emily.monson@emilyprogramfoundation.org or 651-379-6122 with questions and to obtain a submission form.

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