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Kitty Westin TEDx Talk

We are all affected by mental illness, and we all have to do our part to make it ok to talk about, to seek treatment, and restore the peace, health, dignity and hope for the millions of people who suffer.

Watch Kitty Westin’s Tedx Talk below.


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.


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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