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National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Awareness Week Events February 26-March 3, 2012

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National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week Events February 26-March 3, 2012

More than a half-dozen events will take place in the Rochester area in recognition of  National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week, February 26-March 3, 2012, with sponsorship from the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders and Golisano Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatrics.

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The national theme of the week is “Everybody Knows Somebody.”

Highlights of the week include several presentations by nationally recognized researcher and author Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD, The week’s events also include educational sessions for primary care providers, parents, and teachers, and a special showing of the Darryl Roberts documentary: America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments, followed by a panel discussion on the University of Rochester campus. There will also be a benefit performance by Jenn Friedman, a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, N.Y., whose music is based on her own recovery from eating disorders.

All of the week’s events are free, and open to the public unless otherwise specified.

Monday, February 27, 7:30 – 9 a.m.

Presentation: “The Critical Role of Primary Care Providers in the Evaluation, Management and Referral of Patients with Eating Disorders,” by Mary Tantillo, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAED, and Richard E.  Kreipe, MD, FAAP, FSAM, FAED

Location: 1387 Fairport Road, Suite 1000 D, Fairport

RSVP: 641-0281

Wednesday, February 29, 7 p.m.

Presentation: “Middle School Research Results,” by Mary Tantillo, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAED

Location: Pittsford Mendon High School, 472 Mendon Road, Pittsford

Wednesday February 29. 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presentation: “Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating,” by Helena Boersma, MS, LMH, NCC.

Location: Pittsford Town Hall, 11 South Main Street, Pittsford

Thursday, March 1, 7:15 p.m.

Film: America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments, a new documentary by Darryl Roberts that explores why Americans have an unhealthy obsession with dieting, and who benefits from selling the thin “ideal.” To be followed by a panel discussion with Mary Tantillo and others. Presented by the University of Rochester Active Minds Film Series.

Location: University of Rochester River Campus, Hoyt Auditorium, 500 Wilson Blvd.

Saturday, March 3, 2 – 5p.m.

Benefit Concert: “You Are Not Alone: A Musical Event Promoting Eating Disorder Recovery,” singer-songwriter Jenn Friedman of Brooklyn, NY will perform original music based on her recovery. All proceeds benefit the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders.

Location: Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews, 300 Park Point Drive, Rochester

Admission: $10 available in advance or at the door at Lovin’ Cup, 292-9940.

Monday, March 5, 12 noon – 1 p.m.

Presentation: “Shared Risk Factors for Eating Disorders and Obesity: Translating Research Findings In to Best Practices and Prevention,” by Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD, researcher and author

Location: University of Rochester School of Medicine, Class of ’62 Auditorium

Monday, March 5, 3 – 4 p.m.

Presentation: “Working With Families and Within Schools to Prevent Weight-Related Problems in Youth,” by Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD, researcher and author

Location: St. John Fisher College, Basil Hall, 3690 East Avenue, Rochester

Friday, March 9, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Presentation: “Raising Awareness and Promoting Coordinated and Comprehensive Care for Patients and Families in New York State,” by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and representatives from the New York State Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders

Location: 1387 Fairport Road, Suite 1000D, Fairport

About the presenters and participants:

Mary Tantillo, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAED, is director of the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders, which provides patients and families with a coordinated, integrated network of care and services. She is also associate professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Rochester and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Additionally, she is CEO/clinical director of the Healing Connection, an outpatient recovery program for patients with eating disorders.

Richard E. Kreipe, MD, FAAP, FSAM, FAED, is founding director of the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong, a board-certified pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, as well as a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders. His professional focus for the last 30 years has been on pediatric eating disorders. He is founding medical director of the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders.

Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH. RD, is a professor in the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health at the University of Minnesota. A principal investigator on numerous research studies, she is author of the 2005 book, “I’m Like So Fat! Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World.” Her research focuses on nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of weight-related problems including eating disorders.

Helena Boersma, MS, LMH, NCC, is director of Harmony Place at St. Joseph’s Villa, a residential treatment program for adolescents with eating disorders.

Jenn Friedman of Brooklyn, NY, is a musician (folk/rock/pop on piano) and recovery advocate dedicated to promoting eating disorder awareness. Much of her music is about her own struggle and recovery with eating disorders. She is also a public speaker who has spoken, performed and participated in panel discussions at numerous college campuses.


*  The above story is adapted from materials provided by University of Rochester Medical Center


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