Program to focus on eating disorders

Helping people examine their attitudes toward eating and body image is the motivation for Body Acceptance and Eating Awareness Day, set for Feb. 15.

The college will offer free, anonymous education and screenings for eating disorders from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Hewitt Union ballroom. From 3 to 7:45 p.m., free fitness classes, video viewing, vendors, booths and educational visual displays will be available. There also will be healthy food samples and free educational brochures about eating disorders.

Local residents are encouraged to attend this event, which is part of the National Easting Disorders Screening Program.

“For some of us, the battle to attain a certain shape or size becomes an obsession,” said Dr. Barbara Streets, a psychologist at the SUNY Oswego Counseling Services Center. “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 dance competition between SUNY Oswego residence students and commuters at 8 p.m. in the ballroom.

“The purpose of the competition is to educate about and prevent eating disorders in a fun spirited way,” Streets said. Students will show “how much fun the body, mind and spirit can have through dance while at the same time promoting a robust appetite for healthy living and a positive body image,” she said.

Those attending the day’s activities before 5 p.m. will have the opportunity to take a short self-test assessing their eating attitudes and can talk briefly with a counselor about the results. Referrals to treatment and support services will be made as needed.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations to attend this event should contact the Counseling Services Center at 312-4416 in advance.

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CONTACT: Dr. Barbara Streets, 312-4416

(Posted: Feb 01, 2006)