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The Emily Program Foundation Receives Generous Grant from 27th Annual Cities 97 Sampler!

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The Emily Program Foundation Receives Generous Grant from 27th Annual Cities 97 Sampler!

April 20 – St. Paul, Minn. – Cities 97 announced that The Emily Program Foundation has been selected to receive $10,000 from the proceeds raised in the 27th annual Cities 97 Sampler benefit compilation album.

More than 30,000 copies of the Cities 97 Sampler album were sold at Target stores in the Twin Cities, raising over $530,000.  The station will distribute that money to The Emily Program Foundation and 70 other nonprofit organizations that serve Minneapolis, St. Paul and the greater Minnesota area.

“All of us at The Emily Program Foundation are deeply grateful to Cities 97 and iHeartRadio for this generous grant. These funds will provide education, outreach, and grassroots advocacy to support our mission to save lives, change minds, and work to eliminate eating disorders,” said Billie Gray, Ph.D., executive director of The Emily Program Foundation.” “We also want to thank the listeners of Cities 97 who make this incredible philanthropic support possible in our community through their purchases of the annual Cities 97 Sampler. Thank you, Cities 97!”

The limited edition Cities 97 Sampler Volume 27 features performances recorded live in Studio C and is the longest running radio music or performance compilation for charity in the country.  Over the last 27 years, Cities 97 has raised over $12 million to support local nonprofit organizations.

Proud sponsors of Cities 97 Sampler Vol 27 include: Target, TCF Bank, By the Yard, and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.


Mental Health Day on the Hill

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Come advocate with us to increase the awareness of eating disorders in the mental health community and support mental health policy change.


For more information visit:
www.namihelps.org or www.mentalhealthmn.org

Contact Kiki Schmit if you are interested in joining The Emily Program Foundation at the Mental Health Day on the Hill.

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Twin Cities NEDA Walk

At the Mall of America people gathered to raise awareness about eating disorders during the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at the Twin Cities NEDA Walk. Leaders in the field, providers, people personally effected, and family and friends joined in the fight against eating disorders.

One of the Foundation’s volunteers summed up the event:

How cool is this that we are in the largest mall in the country spreading eating disorder awareness. Usually shopping can bring up tense feelings for those who struggle with the disorder, but here we are, bridging the gap between society’s expectations of body sizes with clothing and eating disorder awareness!

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Jillian Lampert, Chief Strategy Officer and Dirk Miller, Executive Chairman and Founder of The Emily Program were recognized as leaders in the field of eating disorders.

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Even the Disney Princesses joined the NEDA Walk! These princesses prove that beautiful comes in all shapes and sizes.

81% of ten year olds are afraid of being fat, so it is fantastic that we can educate children’s idols of the harmful effects of eating disorders.







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Kristine Strangis, a Foundation Volunteer raised over $1,000 for the walk!


Conversations about Body Image with Apple Valley High School

Apple Valley High School joined The Emily Program Foundation in a discussion about body image, bullying, and the media, alongside My Talk 107.1’s Colleen Lindstrom and Twin Cities Live Co-Host Elizabeth Ries. Colleen and Elizabeth shared their experience about being in the public eye- how it often leads people to send them bullying comments about their body via social media.

The hundreds of media images we see everyday can negatively effect our self image, and comments from our peers, colleagues, family, and friends can enforce that perception. We have the power to speak up and change the conversations we have about our bodies. Appearance-based bullying is the #1 form of bullying, avhssand we can stop it.avhs

Amy Klobuchar and The Emily Program to host Press Conference in Support of Anna Westin Act

Senator Amy Klobuchar [D-MN] along with Kitty Westin, Board Member of The Emily Program Foundation, and Jillian Lampert, Chief Strategy Officer at The Emily Program, will host a press conference on Sunday, October 18th at 3pm in support of the Anna Westin Act.  The press conference will take place at The Emily Program’s St. Louis Park location (5354 Parkdale Drive, 2nd Floor St. Louis Park, MN 55416).  Please note, due to short-term building maintenance, the elevator will not be in service this Sunday and we will need to utilize one flight of stairs. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

The Anna Westin Act of 2015, named for a Minnesota woman who lost her life due to complications from an eating disorder in 2000, was introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar [D-MN] and other members of the Senate this past July.  The new bill was written to help the estimated 30 million Americans suffering from eating disorders throughout the United States receive equal treatment as those with other health issues.

The Anna Westin Act clarifies congressional intent in the implementation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Eating disorders are treatable when recognized and addressed properly. Therefore, the Anna Westin Act aims to improve training and provide clarity of parity in order to ensure eating disorders receive equal quality of treatment and coverage as other illnesses receive. Enactment would: help prevent eating disorders by training health professionals on the early identification and intervention when precursory symptoms and behaviors arise and provide better access to treatment for those affected by the disorders, thereby decreasing out-of-pocket treatment costs.

“Millions of Americans are affected by the crippling symptoms of eating disorders but very few get the proper help they need, leading anorexia to have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder,” said Klobuchar. “Whether that is due to late detection or insufficient insurance coverage, we should be doing more to give patients like Anna the tools they need to overcome these diseases.”

The press conference will shed further light on the importance of passing this bill to Minnesotans who are currently struggling to access adequate care for eating disorder treatment.  Kitty Westin, Anna’s mother notes, “It is hard to find adequate words to express how I feel about the Anna Westin Act. I feel great sorrow, elation and most of all HOPE. Sorrow because this comes too late for Anna and I miss her every day. Elation because The Anna Westin Act will prevent others from suffering like Anna and our family. HOPE because after 15 years of hard work and commitment I believe that together we will pass the Anna Westin Act and the result will help millions of people and save countless lives.”

Show your support of the Anna Westin Act by attending the press conference this Sunday, October 18th at 3pm at The Emily Program’s St. Louis Park location (5354 Parkdale Drive, 2nd Floor St. Louis Park, MN 55416). For more information contact Kiki Schmit.