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Feb. 1, 2002
CONTACT: Dr. Nancy Hale, 312-4416
OSWEGO -- Helping people examine their attitudes toward eating and body image is the motivation for Body Acceptance and Eating Awareness Day Feb. 21 at SUNY Oswego.
The college will offer free, anonymous education and screenings for eating disorders from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Hewitt Union ballroom. Local residents are invited to this event.
"For some of us, the battle to attain a certain shape or size becomes an obsession," says Dr. Nancy Hale, director of the Counseling Services Center at SUNY Oswego. "The focus on food, dieting and exercise goes way beyond what is normal or healthy and leads to dangerous health effects and psychological pain."
A highlight of the day will be a multimedia presentation, "Women, Media, and Body Image," by Professor Tina Pieraccini of the communication studies department at 1 p.m. There will also be a short self-test assessing eating attitudes and the opportunity to talk briefly with a counselor about the results. Referrals to treatment and support services will be made as needed.
Additionally, there will be other activities, healthy food samples and recipes, videos to view, and free educational brochures available on eating disorders.
The National Eating Disorders Screening program is a national program organized by the nonprofit National Mental Illness Screening Project. It is being held at around 1,500 sites nationwide during Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The program is funded primarily through a grant from The McNight Foundation in Minneapolis.
Locally, SUNY Oswego's hosting of Body Acceptance and Eating Awareness Day is coordinated by the Counseling Services Center and co-sponsored by the athletic department and Champs Life Skills Program, Auxiliary Services, Fitness Centers, LifeStyles Center, Residence Life and Housing office, and Walker Health Center.
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