What is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week? Well, it’s a week that’s dedicated to promoting public and media attention to the seriousness of eating disorders. This week is also about improving education about the biological underpinnings, environmental triggers, and warning signs of eating disorders, as well as, how to help those struggling. (Source)
Each year, the National Eating Disorders Association, comes up with a theme for the week and this year the theme is “I Had No Idea.” The theme was chosen to stress the need to address eating disorder misconceptions and highlight available resources for treatment and support. This week is dedicated to talking about the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape eating disorders. (Source)
During this week, NEDA encourages you to participate by doing just one thing! Why? Well, your participation will 1) raise awareness that eating disorders are serious illnesses, not lifestyle choices; 2) provide accurate information to medical, educational and/or business communities, and 3) direct people to potentially life-saving information and resources about eating disorders. (Source)
Today, I’m going to share with you 10 ways that you can do just one thing to participate in NEDA Awareness Week 2014!
1. We are all on social media these days and it’s a perfect platform and easy way to participate. This week, you can join NEDA’s campaign by tweeting a fact about eating disorders, posting one of the many NEDAwareness Week articles, sharing NEDAwareness Week videos and infographics, posting the NEDA Helpline or by sharing a link to NEDA’s online eating disorder screening. I’ve provided a few of these things for you at the bottom of this post!
2. Download and print a free copy of NEDA’s Educator Toolkit, Parent Toolkit and Coach &Athletic Trainer Toolkit to give to your local schools.
3. Complete this quiz, about common myths surrounding eating disorders and the Eating Disorder Centerof Denver will make a donation in your name! While you are at it, share the quiz on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!
4. Download a free poster and place it in your community to bring about awareness. Free posters can be found here: http://nedawareness.org/promote
5. Share the NEDA Awareness Logo via social media so that others know about this week! You can find the logo here: http://nedawareness.org/promote
6. Attend a local event in your area this week that supports eating disorder awareness. Need to know where events are happening this week? Navigate here for a list: http://nedawareness.org/events
7. Be a part of the "CaptureHope" movement on Instagram to spread the message that recovery is real! Post messages on Instagram this week that inspire hope for you and use the hashtag #CaptureHope
8. If you are on your own journey to recovery or you are supporting a loved one who is, create a video this week to help everyone get in the know! You can see examples here: http://nedawareness.org/i-had-no-idea
9. Host a scale smashing event, which is a great way to bring people together to talk about eating disorders and body image issues. Find out how to host a scale smashing event here: http://nedawareness.org/host-a-scale-smashing
10. Donate directly to the NEDA Organization.
As promised, here are some links to ways you can participate this week via social media.
· Infographics can be found here: http://nedawareness.org/infographics
· Articles can be found here: http://nedawareness.org/nedawareness-articles
· General facts can be found here: http://nedawareness.org/about-eating-disorders
· NEDA’s helpline is 1-800-931-2237 or you can chat online by going here: http://nedawareness.org/helpline
· Want to take a screening? You can find that here: https://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/NEDA
· Videos can be found here: http://nedawareness.org/i-had-no-idea
Stay tuned for another post this week where I'll share my own journey to recovery!