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Education

Do you know enough about eating disorders?

The Emily Program Foundation uses classroom talks, seminars for professionals and parents, community workshops, and other forums to increase education and awareness of eating disorders and related issues. Over the 2015-2016 fiscal year, The Emily Program Foundation educated over 8,357 students helping them to understand effective interventions for eating disorders, obesity, and body image problems among adults and young people. The sessions can be conducted for educators, administrators, students, health care providers, parents, community groups, and anyone interested in learning more about these devastating illnesses.

Our engaging presentations can help you to:

  • Recognize the signs, symptoms and effects of eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, etc.)
  • Intervene confidently and effectively with people showing signs of disordered eating and body image problems
  • Support individuals before, during, and after treatment
  • Utilize effective eating disorder and obesity prevention strategies
  • Understand body image and media literacy – supporting healthy relationships with food and your body

Did you know?

  • More than 14 million Americans and 200,000 Minnesotans have an eating disorder; 10 percent are male
  • According to Minnesota Student Survey Data, more than 1/2 of teen girls and nearly 1/3 of teen boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as fasting, smoking, vomiting, and taking laxatives
  • Compulsive overeating is a major contributor to obesity
  • Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
  • Dieting and binging are “gateway” behaviors for eating disorders

The Emily Program Foundation staff can tailor a session to meet your needs. For more information or to schedule a seminar, contact us at 651.379.6122 or click here. Although we can accommodate most requests, we appreciate six weeks’ notice for your event.