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posted: September 4, 2003
ANNOUNCING THE NEW AWARENESS BEAR

Voices - Not Bodies is excited to announce that we are now taking orders for our Awareness Bear. She is a white beanbag bear, wearing a lavender awareness ribbon on her chest. On her back is the reminder to "use your voice - not your body".

Each bear is $10, or $9 if you order 10 or more. The profits from each sale will directly support the Candlelight Vigil for Eating Disorders in Washington, DC.

For photos of the Awareness Bear and information on ordering, please visit our website:
www.voicesnotbodies.org


posted: September 4, 2003
INTERACTIVE, ONLINE SELF-HELP PROGRAM FOR BINGE EATERS

MySelfHelp.com Announces Interactive, Online Self-help Program for Binge Eaters. MySelfHelp.com recently announced the availability of Stop Binge Eating, the first product in a family of interactive, online self-help programs. The Stop Binge Eating program provides information, tools, and exercises that enable subscribers to overcome misconceptions about eating, dieting, and weight loss; identify and manage triggers for binge eating; develop strategies to prevent binge eating; create and implement a recovery plan; and prevent a relapse. The program is continually updated to provide users with the latest information, new and enhanced products, and user feedback. These programs are designed to improve the effectiveness of clinical therapy by providing accurate (supporting) medical information, exercises, and learning activities. Research indicates that when binge eaters focus on changing eating habits instead of losing weight, they achieve better results in treatment. In a controlled study with a clinical population, exposure to the Stop Binge Eating program helped binge eaters to change their treatment goals, moving towards changing eating habits, instead of losing weight.

MySelfHelp.com is funded and supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and staffed by a team of health care professionals and other experts who are devoted to helping people improve the quality of their lives.

MySelfHelp.com at www.MySelfHelp.com is offering a free 3-day review of the program to healthcare professionals. To obtain free access to the program, send a message to info@myselfhelp.com, identify yourself as a healthcare professional, and request a passcode. You will receive a code along with simple instructions.


posted: September 4, 2003
CONFERENCE: PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF EATING DISORDERS

The Fifth Annual Professional Symposium For The Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders
DATE: October 10, 2003
WHERE: Southern Methodist University, Hughes-Trigg Student Center
3140 Dyer Dallas, TX.

CEUs will be offered at this symposium, which is jointly sponsored with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

For more information or to register email TheElisaProject@airmail.net or visit www.TheElisaProject.org


posted: September 4, 2003
THE NATIONAL EATING DISORDERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

DATE: October 24-25th, 2003
WHERE: Pheasant Run Resort & Spa -- St. Charles, IL

This is the first conference designed specifically to address the needs of families affected by eating disorders, along with health care providers, educators, and eating disorders experts. Conference sessions will feature the latest breakthroughs and innovative strategies in eating disorders treatment, outreach, education, and advocacy, as well as interactive and networking events that will provide participants the opportunity to exchange ideas, information, and experiences.

For more information contact Kari M. Augustyn at 206-382-3587
or visit: NEDA's Website

Conference program available online
Online registration now available


posted: September 4, 2003
RENFREW CONFERENCE: FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES AND BEYOND: THE CHANGING FACE OF EATING DISORDERS

Date: November 13-16, 2003
Philadelphia, PA

The event includes keynote presentations by Gloria Steinem, Daniel Siegel, MD, Jon Robison, PhD, and Beverly Greene, PhD. Full- and half- day training workshops will feature Jane Hirschmann, MSW, and Carol Munter, Amy Baker Dennis, PhD, Dusty Miller, EdD, Marcia Herrin, EdD, James Lock, MD and the staff of The Renfrew Center. 2-hour workshops will be presented by Roy Erlichman, PhD, Judith Brisman, PhD, Carolyn Costin, MA, Walter Kaye, MD, Kenneth Weiner, MD, Roberta Sherman, PhD, Ron Thompson, PhD, and Michael Levine, PhD, among many others.

Topics addressed will include diversity in eating disorder therapy, bariatric surgery, the use of DBT principles, gender-based interactions in treatment, obesity in children and adolescents, family issues, aging, neurobiology, prevention, and the therapist's use of self. Nutritionists can choose from many specialized workshops presented by seasoned nutrition therapists. Attendees can earn 23.5 credits. There will be a poster session presenting research and many special events.

For more information, please call Debbie Lucker at 1-800-367-3383
or visit Renfrew's Website


posted: September 4, 2003
PROFESSIONAL EATING DISORDER SEMINAR IN ORLANDO, FL

DATE: Friday, October 17, 2003
WHERE: The Bahia Shrine Center -- Orlando, FL

Advanced Training: Feminist Perspectives in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and Body Image Disturbance -- During the last decade, great strides have been made in understanding the etiology and treatment of eating disorders. Yet, the problems in our culture relating to food, weight, and body-image issues continue to escalate. This day long seminar will examine the eitiology of eating disorders from a bio/social/psychological model, explore recent research on the role of genetics and temperment, provide treatment considerations based on an intergrated cognitive-behavioral/feminist/motivitional perspective, examine diversity issues, and provide "hands on" treatment tools and strategies for body image work designed to help the client re-establish body ownership. In addition to a didactic presentation of material, the seminar will include experiential exercises, slides, and videotaped sessions with clients.

For more information call 800-332-8415
e-mail: dvitz@renfrewcenter.com
website: Renfrew's Website


posted: September 4, 2003
WORKSHOPS: DR. JUDI HOLLIS, BEST SELLING AUTHOR

Dr. Judi Hollis, best selling author of Fat is a Family Affair, Fat and Furious and Hot and Heavy is personally conducting workshops this fall to help participants focus on what keeps them from initiating a lifelong program of recovery from food obsessions. You've seen her with Oprah, Sally, Maury, and Leeza offering tools and techniques for dealing with inner self-destructive voices and challenges with family, friends and a society that colludes to foster bingeing. Now you can participate first hand in Sunday 3-hour sessions held once each month. Each will begin with a "Divine Dine" to teach mindful eating techniques to modify your relationship with food. This will be followed by Dr. Hollis' presentation of topics from her best selling tape series produced by Hazelden Publishing. Then there will be group interaction experiences. Family members are encouraged to attend together. Space is limited and payment must be received in advance using either charge card or check. Cost is $100 for the three-hour session. All workshops are 1:00-4:00pm.

Sunday 9/14/03: Mothers and Daughter and Issues of Intimacy: What are the struggles between mothers and daughters about power and relating and how do they affect eating behavior? After lecture, workshop exercises will offer opportunity to heal mother/daughter wounding.

Sunday 10/19/03: Temptation...Talking to our inner demons: What resolve does it take to honor commitments to our selves? What does it mean to need and ask for help? How do we comfort our animal selves while seeking spiritual grounding of our higher selves? In honor of Halloween, what personal goblins need exercising?

Sunday 11/23/03: Gobbling with turkeys or soaring? Will you be groveling with turkeys or soaring with eagles? What does it mean to be so strong and yet so needy? How do you cope with pressures from loved ones and yourself to maintain old robotized behaviors while your entire being courageously longs to experiment with the new? Learn how to give to yourself a happy holiday season with the perfect, best gift of abstinence.

Sunday 12/14/03: "Selfishness" as a loving act." Why does everyone else come first? The value of facing over-eating as a lifelong chronic illness so that we can move to self care and personal nurturance, ultimately creates more to give to others while holding on to our own.

Dr. Judi Hollis will be available for consultations in NYC through the fall on a limited basis. Individual appointments can be scheduled in advance.

For more information: 1-800-8-E N O U G H or 212-222-2950
or visit: www.JudiHollis.com


posted: September 4, 2003
WORKSHOP: NEGATIVE BODY IMAGE IN RELATIONSHIPS

DATE: Saturday, October 18, 2003
WHEN: 9:30am - 5:30pm WHERE: San Francisco, CA

A One-Day Workshop for Couples. Co-led by Nomi Dekel and Mark Valade. Partner's will have the opportunity to explore how negative body image plays out in their relationship and begin to transform their beliefs.

For more information call 415-457-3468
or visit www.celebrateyourbody.com


posted: September 4, 2003
WORKSHOP: LOVE YOUR BODY

DATE: October 4th, 2003
WHEN: 9am-1pm WHERE: Total Wellness Medical -- Old Town Tustin, CA
COST: $125.00 plus $25 for course materials.

The workshop is designed to be an interactive process to create a healthier body image. Participants will: confront their negative body-image and learn tools to create change; learn how fat phobia leads to fear of food and body hatred; differentiate between emotional and physical hunger; learn how unrealistic cultural expectations about body size and shape help create disordered eating.

For more information call 949-646-4842 by September 29th
or visit www.healthybodyimage.com


posted: September 4, 2003
WORKSHOPS: HEALTHY TABLE / MINDFUL EATING

HILTON HEAD HEALTH INSTITUTE, located on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is renowned for its weight loss and weight management programs. The staff bring an enlightened view to the issues of compulsive overeating, obesity and weight management.

DATE: October 5 � 12, 2003 and November 2 � 9, 2003
HEALTHY TABLE: Healthy Table is a highly interactive, hands-on cooking school designed to teach the secrets of preparing healthy and delicious meals. Under the guidance of the Institute�s talented Executive Chef, Cathryn Matthes, guests learn and practice healthy preparation techniques, gain a better knowledge of spices and flavor enhancement, and prepare low calorie fare ranging from soups and salads to entrees and desserts. While the focus of the week is healthy cooking, guests have the added option of attending select "Healthy Lifestyles" education workshops as well as select fitness options.

DATE: September 7 � September 14, 2003 and November 16 � 23, 2003
MINDFUL EATING: Mindful Eating is designed for those who find it difficult to maintain or lose weight, and impossible to keep the weight off once it is lost. A common problem is not a lack of motivation or determination, but self-sabotaging eating patterns. "Mis-eating" affects nearly 50% of overweight men and women and is a serious obstacle to successful weight management. After participating in this week you will begin to understand the power of "choice" in eating, deal with guilt and negative thoughts, and be able to regain control of your life.

For more information on this and other programs contact: 800-292-2440
e-mail: info@hhhealth.com
website: www.hhhealth.com


posted: September 4, 2003
THIRD ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

"Voices - Not Bodies" the Candlelight Vigil for Eating Disorders Awareness in Washington, DC is very happy to make two important announcements.

  • The date for the third annual vigil will be April 17, 2004.
    ANAD (the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) will be sponsoring vigils across the country during the month of April.

  • Our new website is up and running! Visit us at www.voicesnotbodies.org during the coming months to find out about speakers and other activities at the 2004 vigil.


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