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VANTAGE Student Experience – A Blog Series

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Background Information –

Between October – December, 2016 The Emily Program Foundation worked with two student groups enrolled in an advanced professional studies program called VANTAGE through Minnetonka Public Schools. This partnership aimed to create a meaningful and professional learning opportunity for the students in VANTAGE as they completed quality, useable products for the Foundation. The Digital Journalism group created an educational video on eating disorders for teens while the Health Sciences team created a research report with a data analysis on teen’s experiences with their own body image, media influences and knowledge of eating disorders. This team also shared their learning experiences through a three-series blog posting, please see their reflections on what they learned through this process.

We have come to part three in the VANTAGE Student’s three-part blog series. You have now learned about the students and their research experience. Now is the time where you get to learn what they found in their research.

Data Analysis

Now that our data collection was complete it was time to analyze the results and compile our findings into our final presentation. From our research, we discovered that the majority of teenagers with eating disorders are female. However, this was not surprising to us due to our knowledge prior to this project. 9.1% of teenagers surveyed were unsure if they had an eating disorder. This is interesting because this suggests that they were not educated on the matter. Overall this statistic makes it seem as though teenagers need to have more education in school so that they can know if they suffer from an eating disorder. When asked if appearance was important to them, almost 50% of the participants chose a 4 on a scale of 1-5 (5 being very important); this tells us that body image is what these teenagers are constantly thinking about. Social media isn’t helping this cause; we found that 62.2% agreed that social media influences the way they think about themselves. From that, the ones who spend 3 or more hours on social media per day compare themselves to models, who do not portray the average American body. When asked which social media outlet was the most influential, Instagram and Snapchat won by a longshot. This tells us that there needs to be specific posts on these two applications that show positivity about body image. Social media should be a motivating and positive atmosphere that doesn’t make teenagers question their body image.

VANTAGE Student Experience – A Blog Series

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Background Information –

Between October – December, 2016 The Emily Program Foundation worked with two student groups enrolled in an advanced professional studies program called VANTAGE through Minnetonka Public Schools. This partnership aimed to create a meaningful and professional learning opportunity for the students in VANTAGE as they completed quality, useable products for the Foundation. The Digital Journalism group created an educational video on eating disorders for teens while the Health Sciences team created a research report with a data analysis on teen’s experiences with their own body image, media influences and knowledge of eating disorders. This team also shared their learning experiences through a three-series blog posting, please see their reflections on what they learned through this process.

Survey Collection

Now that you have met the VANTAGE Health Sciences team in our post last week, the students share their research report experience.

After meeting with the Emily Program Foundation for the first time, our group was extremely excited to begin working with them. We first took a tour of one of the treatment facilities and received an information session on eating disorders. We all learned a lot more about how the Emily Program structures treatment and how it differs from other treatment facilities. In taking the tour, we got to see lots of different rooms including those dedicated to yoga therapy and to group therapy. Our favorite room was the vault room, as this particular space showed the history of the building and how The Emily Program tries to keep little historical pieces of the buildings they renovate to continue the connection with their communities. After visiting the treatment center, we began to design our survey which is going to be used to collect data on the influence of social media on body image and eating disorders. We talked with Emily Monson, who is our project contact within the Foundation, to make sure that we were respectful of the emotional aspect of the topic and so that we could obtain the correct information. After perfecting our survey, we sent it out to everyone we knew from teachers, other students and even to other schools to make sure that we had a large amount responses and a large demographic. It was so exciting to see all of the responses roll in and to see all of the pie charts of the data change. I think we all sat watching them roll in during our entire project work time, fascinated by watching our work come to fruition.

 

 

 

 

VANTAGE Student Experience – A Blog Series

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Between October – December, 2016 The Emily Program Foundation worked with two student groups enrolled in an advanced professional studies program called VANTAGE through Minnetonka Public Schools. This partnership aimed to create a meaningful and professional learning opportunity for the students in VANTAGE as they completed quality, useable products for the Foundation. The Digital Journalism group created an educational video on eating disorders for teens while the Health Sciences team created a research report with a data analysis on teen’s experiences with their own body image, media influences and knowledge of eating disorders. This team also shared their learning experiences through a three-series blog posting, please see their reflections on what they learned through this process.

Meet the VANTAGE Health Sciences Team

 

We are five students from the Minnetonka Healthcare Sports and Science Vantage Program. As a part of our curriculum, we chose a project that interested us and we all decided to work with the Emily Program Foundation. One of the reasons we chose this particular project was because we interact with and see peers, friends, and family who suffer from eating disorders everyday. To get a basic understanding of eating disorders, we all wrote a research paper on eating disorders, as well as the way society influences them. After doing our research, we presented what we learned to the Emily Program Foundation. We met with staff from the Emily Program Foundation who educated us on eating disorders to make sure we were all knowledgeable with every aspect of eating disorders. From that, we learned a lot more about eating disorders and how to approach/talk about them appropriately as we conducted our research.

 

Hello, my name is Jaclyn. I am a junior at Minnetonka High School. This year, I decided to take a class that was very different from a typical class at my Jaclyn Rebertusschool through a program called VANTAGE. Since I am interested in pursuing a career in the medical sciences, I chose the strand that focused on healthcare and sports science. Through this program, I have the ability to gain real-world knowledge from site visits and guest instructors. For this class, we got to choose an organization to work with for our semester project, and when the opportunity to work with the Emily Program came up, I leaped at the opportunity. This project appealed to me personally, as I know people who have struggled with eating disorders.

 

 

Hello, I’m Carson. I am junior at Minnetonka High School and am currently enrolled in the Vantage program. I chose to go into the Vantage program Carson Lennonbecause I wanted something different than the typically classroom experience. My parents were also big pushers on the program because they had heard how successful it had been to other students. I am very interested in going into the healthcare field for my profession after school. I am the current team leader for the Emily Program project. I decided that the Emily Program was the best choice for me because it’s the closest to home. I have a couple friends that have struggled with eating disorders, so when this came up as a project choice I jumped on it. I am very interested in psychology and I knew that eating disorders correlated with that as well. I had previously heard of the Emily Program through advertisements and had heard of what a great organization it was, I knew that this was the right fit for me.

 

Hi, I’m Zainab. I’m a junior at Minnetonka High School, and I participate in a program called Vantage offered here at my school. I chose to enroll in the Zainab AbdiHealth and Sports Exercise strand of the program because I am interested in pursuing a career in the Healthcare field and this program will really broaden my knowledge of different career options. For this particular strand we have semester projects, and I chose to work on the Emily Program project team because I, like my other team members, have close friends that have suffered from eating disorders, so I am interested in learning more about how eating disorders affect people, and how to make a difference in how other people view eating disorders.

 

Hi, my name is Katey Brattland. I am a junior at Minnetonka High School and participate in the Vantage Program. I chose to do Vantage because I wanted Katy Brattlandmore of a hands on real world experience and wanted to get out of the typical high school setting. I chose this particular vantage program, Healthcare and Sports Science, because my main interest is going into the medical field. The Emily Program Project interested me because I have friends who have suffered from eating disorders so I really wanted to learn more about them. I thought for this project we could actually make a change and discover useful information about teen’s experiences with eating disorders.

 

 

Hi, my name is Katie Grow. I am a senior at Minnetonka High School and I am currently enrolled in the Vantage Program. I chose to do Vantage because of Katie Growthe different real-world experiences that vantage has to offer. I have always been interested in healthcare and I was hoping that by joining Vantage, I would learn what field I want to go into. The Emily Program Project interested me because I have always been interested in mental health and psychology and I have had friends that have struggled with eating disorders.

 

 

 

 

 

Accepting and Embracing Change

By Jessica Kaliher

We are constantly changing. Our bodies are constantly changing. Think about your interests, moods, and feelings even just a week ago. We are not static creatures. We’re human and life throws us curveballs. No matter how much we embrace-changeplan, life can still get in the way. You could think you want something and then come to find out that it’s not right for you, and that’s okay!

It can be difficult to accept change, especially with your body. I know firsthand.

I remember stopping competitive dance my senior year and finally growing boobs, and then crying when the woman at Victoria’s Secret told me I had gone up two sizes. Or feeling horrible that I could no longer fit into a certain size of jeans. I can’t even remember all the times I wasted looking through old photos and wishing I could just have what I once did (even though I hated my body at the time and was unhealthy), feeling like a “failure” for going backwards.

Weight gain can be a hard thing, but it can also be very healthy in some cases. A “Transformation Tuesday” doesn’t always have to be weight loss or muscle gain.  It can simply be transforming your way of thinking and loving your body. No picture or size can show/measure progress because it’s not the same for everyone.

When your body changes for whatever reason, whether it be recovering from an eating disorder, an injury/accident, or puberty, you cannot compare your body, life, motivation, or anything else to others, not even your past self.

So, you used to wake up at 5 am and workout before school? If you no longer find joy from this and it no longer works with your schedule, find something else that works.

So, you used to be able to hold a plank for several minutes? Was it really worth over exercising out of fear of gaining weight? Does your core strength define you as a person?

These are the types questions you have to ask yourself if you are constantly comparing yourself or dwelling on the past.

We can’t compare because first of all, we often romanticize the past. Sure you felt “in control,” “fit” and “proud” back then, and you wish to have those things now, but really think about how you were treating your body and how you felt.

Secondly, you are now a different person than you were yesterday with different things going on. Don’t judge yourself so harshly for not getting up early and working out if you have all 8am classes. Don’t make yourself miserable. Come up with a new plan that works for the new you. There isn’t only one way to be healthy.

All we have is now, so we can really only be grateful for who we are in the present moment. I know it can feel like the end of the world when you are not where you want to be, but try to focus on all that your body does for you. It can handle a lot more than you think—even a little weight fluctuation.

To prevent this unhealthy relationship with ourselves, the topic of body changes needs to be talked about more.

We should be telling young girls that their body’s weight, shape, and size is likely to fluctuate over time and that is OK, we should be telling young girls that their bodies; naturally and instinctively know how to take care of themselves, and that might look different and work differently for every girl and woman. We should teach people that your belly protects organs and stretch marks show how much your body is able to adapt. Normalize the fact that your stomach might appear bigger after a meal. You are not bloated or fat, but healthy and nourished as you should be. Embrace the food baby, baby!

Please do not live in the past and let it consume you. Comparison is the thief of joy, even if it is comparison of your own self.

Live without fear. Live your life how you choose and how it works for you NOW. There is SO much out there other than restriction and strict gym schedules.

I hope you find peace with your body at any size because it will not come later if it wasn’t present from the start. You can do it!

 

Art and Eating Disorders Exhibition Reception

Please join us for our upcoming reception for Art and Eating Disorders: Building Community Awareness 2017

Where: The Southern Theater in partnership with Altered Esthetics.

Address: 1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Reception: Friday, February 3rd, 2017 from 5 – 7:00pm. Refreshments will be provided and additional drinks are available for purchase.

On Viewing – This exhibition will be on display from February 3 – 26th, 2017.

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Dance of Freedom – Art and Eating Disorders Exhibition 2014

Art and Eating Disorders is about expressing those parts of the experience of living with an eating disorder that are difficult to put into words. Creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes helps people increase awareness of self, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.

The Foundation’s Art and Eating Disorders program displays artwork created through art therapy in community spaces to raise awareness about eating disorders and the individuals that are impacted by them. The artwork runs themes relating to eating disorders, recovery, and body image.

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