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WRC to host Eating Disorder Awareness Week to educate campus

By Amanda Stoutenburgh
On February 26, 2012

Today marks the beginning of the 35th annual National Eating Disorders Awareness week, and the Women's Resource Center and the Counseling Center at UNC are doing their parts to raise awareness locally on the international issue.

"This week is a week used as an opportunity to discuss eating disorders and other body image issues," said Yvette Lucero-Nguyen, the director of the WRC.

This year's theme of "Love Your Body" is geared toward providing information and resources for those who need it in the University of Northern Colorado and Greeley communities. Events will provide information about disorders, such as warning signs and ways to improve one's body image, and resources for those who have a disorder.

The Mind and Body Fair will be hosted from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday on the lower level of the University Center. The fair gives campus organizations a chance to educate students about healthy living as well as provide them with information about the different services they offer.

"Fitness U" will give students a chance to get involved in an interactive theater production and see a screening of the documentary "Someday Melissa."

"Someday Melissa" is a documentary inspired by the journal writing of a young woman who eventually lost her life from an eating disorder after a five-year battle.

"Fitness U" will be hosted from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the UC Ballrooms.

On Wednesday, representatives from the WRC and Counseling Center will present in a variety of classes about different issues surrounding eating disorders.

The final event of the week, "Canvas and Chocolate," will be hosted for the first time this year. During the event, students will be using paint to create what they think is beautiful and identify what makes them unique while they snack on chocolate desserts.

Students interested in Canvas and Chocolate must RSVP to Sarah Witty at sarah.witty@unco.edu by today to be placed on the waiting list because the event is full at time of publication.

Canvas and Chocolates will be from 7 – 9 p.m. Thursday in the UC Ballrooms.

Anna Bird, a sophomore elementary education major, knew about the event from emails she received .

"I don't think it's an issue, though," Bird said. "I noticed it more in high school than in college."

Brian Phelps, a senior communication studies and criminal justice major, said he does not think eating disorders are a prominent issue, but acknowledges that the issue does exist on campus.

"It's sad to think that there are eating disorders," Phelps said. "It's all about the pressure on females to feel skinny and look ‘hot.' Honestly, any woman who eats healthy and just enjoys life would be more beautiful than a woman that, for example, starves themselves to look a certain way."

For more information about Eating Disorder Awareness Week, visit www.unco.edu/wrc. 


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