Eating Disorder Awareness Week!
- February 25- March 3, 2007 - National Eating Disorder
Awareness Week (NEDAW)
For more info on how to get involved with NEDAW 2007 or to find
events in your area visit NEDA's,
Events in Development
The office of Student Life at Occidental College will be
holding a Health Fair at the University of Southern California
Wed. March 23, 2005 – 11:30am – 1:30 pm
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles CA, 90041
For more information contact Roxanne
Mendez or Misty Gallando at 323-259-2918
In Full Voice - We are currently in
development for this event. If you would like more information
or to volunteer, please contact Sarah Mason, sarah ( @
Payson Road's mission has been to encourage recovery through creative expression.
There are many artistic outlets provided on the site including; editorial
columns, a monthly poetry wall, an arts and entertainment resource guide,
mind and body healing and many more.
In Full Voice is a creative fusion of all of these wonderful artistic
mediums--a collaboration of storytellers writing about their own experiences
with eating disorders, body image and self-esteem.
In Full Voice - date tba
An inspiring evening of new one-act plays focusing on the culture of disordered
In the spirit of Payson Road’s recovery through creative expression, In
Full Voice, will be an evening of four one-act plays dealing with the subject
of eating disorders and body image in today's culture. Professional writers
will pen three of the plays. The fourth play will be selected through a
contest conducted by Payson Road. A jury consisting of academics, writers,
actors and directors will screen all submissions for consideration and choose
a winner. Call for entries will be open to the public and will be posted
on Payson Road and at several other organizations and websites.
An Evening of four one-act plays and poetry from the Payson Road Poetry Wall
Reception to follow
WHERE: Los Angeles, CA
CONTEST RULES: More details on the submission rules to follow. The plays
must be relating to eating disorders - it is not necessary for the writers
to have or have had an eating disorder but the subject of the play must
be relating to disordered eating, body image, self-esteem.
We are also encouraging all the poets out there! In between each one-act
we will read selected poems from the Payson Road poetry wall.
This is your opportunity to WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW!!!
One of the plays will be written by Payson Road's President and professional
writer, Sarah Mason, who's own struggle with Bulimia will be the focus
of her one-act play.
A cross-section of local and national press will be invited to attend and
cover the event.
One of the programs directly benefited from this event is Payson Road's
new workshops for kids, ASK, Arts Speaks for Kids
workshops, inspiring a child's self-esteem through the art of creative
- Hip Bones and Cool
Whip - March 23-April 20, Santa Monica, CA
Rochelle Newman's one-woman play about her struggle with
anorexia. Don't miss this extraordinary experience! more
- 2003 Candlelight Vigil for
Eating Disorders - Saturday, April 26, 2003, Washington,
D.C. Sponsored by ANAD and Voices Not Bodies.
Read the press
- Poster Design Contest
- Voices - Not Bodies is
excited to announce a poster design contest for the second annual ANAD
Candlelight Vigil for Eating Disorders in Washington, DC. The grand-prize
winning design will be used to advertise the vigil, which will take place
April 26, 2003.
This contest is open to all residents of the United States. Prizes will be
awarded in three age groups (12 and under, 13-17, 18 and over), plus a
grand-prize for the final winning poster.
For more details about the poster contest, go to http://voicesnotbodies.tripod.com/posters.htm
2003 - Eating Disorder Awareness Week - February 23-March 2, 2003
- Eating Disorder Awareness
Week, February 23-March 2, 2003
Eating Disorder Awareness Week is once again upon us. Every year, eating
disorder organizations, websites, etc. put out their best schpeel, saying, it's
time to show your support...yada...yada...yada...blah...blahh...blahhh.
And we're no different here. I read over some of my old messages about
what this week means, and what we must do. And I gotta tell ya, I'm tired
of screaming to the moon! People aren't listening. Or, if they
are, they aren't doing enough about it.
Folks, it's not enough for us to go on websites, print out flyers and quietly do
our silent part with no disruption. It's one week! It's one week to
really shout at the moon. But we can't do it alone because not enough
people are truly hearing us.
I'm encouraged by the increase of media attention to the subject of eating
disorders. However, the same tabloid talk show that showcased the serious
nature of eating disorders, a segment later praised the stars of the new HIT
ABC show, Are You Hot. Seeing the commercials alone for this show
have made me ashamed to be in show business....but that's an article for the
Point being, there is some more focus out there in the limelight however, it's
not nearly enough. Because after March 2, it's gone. I promise you
that. The networks have been appealed to by all of us trying to get our
message heard and they're going to indulge us (forgive me), for one week.
Then it's back on our shoulders. And I can tell you just having had
shoulder surgery, mine ain't strong enough to pull it off alone. We've got to pull out every ounce of passion we have for this cause and pour it
You know when you're at the office and come Springtime someone comes around
with a spread sheet collecting names and dollars for their, bike-a-thon,
walk-a-thon, their kids' girl scout cookies, under privileged day
campers...whatever. You're not attached to these causes. But you do
it because you feel guilty or you want to help your friend or co-worker
out. And they have absolutely no qualms about asking.
So why do we? Why are we so afraid, and so guilty, when it comes to asking
for help for eating disorders?
It's gotta stop. Today, not tomorrow, not in ten years or down the line
when it's a better time for people. Right now.
So this week, I challenged everyone to take action. Go out and get people
involved. Make them aware of what's really going on. Tell them to
sit their ass down and take a walk over to Payson Road. Tell them to check
out one of the stories, hook them in however you gotta do it. But do
This is a war folks. And George W. Bush ain't in charge. Nobody
is. But us. And it's time we started fighting for ourselves.
Keep the faith!
President and Founder
The Payson Road Organization
20, 2002 -
Voices Not Bodies/ANAD, Candlelight Vigil in Washington DC
from the Vigil Highlights of the
Payson Road will be participating
in this wonderful event that seeks to build Congressional consciousness
about Eating Disorders. We will have a table and will be handing out information on
Eating Disorders, our services, workshops and the Payson Road
Organization. You can meet all the council members and Sarah. So stop by
|Event: "Voices - Not Bodies"™ will be a rally and candlelight vigil
for eating disorder awareness. Plans include an afternoon section with
information tables and petitions. At the evening program, we hope to
have several celebrity and non-celebrity speakers and some musical
entertainment. Exact plans will depend on how much money we are able to
|Time: Saturday, April 20, 2002,
4pm to 9pm
National Mall between 7th and 4th Streets, Washington, DC
For more info on the event, how
to get there, special airline discounts and how to purchase tickets - click
Eating Disorder Awareness Week
February 24 - March 3, 2002
February 27th, 2002
Celebrating Our Innovators &
Doolittle Guest House, 506 East Capitol Street, Washington, DC
Minimum $200 donation per person or $50 per student
Please join the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy, and Action in
their first annual reception and awards presentation “Celebrating our
Innovators.” The awards honor three individuals in the areas of Research,
Policy, and Action.
Senator Hillary Clinton (D- NY),
Recipient of Policy Award
Carre Otis, Model and Actress, Presenter of Policy Award
Kitty Westin, Founder of the Anna Westin Foundation, Recipient of Action Award
Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN),Presenter of Action Award
To be announced, Recipient of Research Award
Steven Hyman, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Presenter of
Highlights of the evening also include:
Emcee supermodel Kate Dillon, actress
and supermodel Carre Otis, recently featured in Mode magazine and New York
Times, a thought provoking slide presentation titled “Eating Disorders in a
Disordered Culture” by professors Robin Lasser and Kathryn Sylva.
Tickets and posters can be purchased
on-line at www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org
For more information: 202-543-3842 or email
Contributions are tax-deductible. The Eating Disorders Coalition for
Research, Policy, and Action is a 501(c)(3) organization.
In conjunction with the fundraiser on
February 27th, the Eating Disorders Coalition and Family Action Council will host
a lobbing day for families, friends, survivors, and professionals. The day will
start with an advocacy training and strategic planning session (so bring your
creative ideas). Then we will visit Members of Congress to talk about eating
The lobbying day takes place from
9am-3pm on February 27th. More information will be coming soon!
Eating Disorder Awareness Week February 25-March 4,
What is Eating
Disorder Awareness Week?
Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) is an opportunity to come together and
bring awareness and attention to the painful world of eating disorders.
Although the plight to help end this devastating illness is a year-round cause,
the week of eating disorder awareness helps to bring even more specific and
direct attention to the issue. If you are suffering, or think you may be
suffering from an eating disorder, help is available and we urge you to take
this opportunity of EDAW and take the first step towards healing. You are worth
it! If you want to help and bring attention and awareness to the cause of
preventing and healing eating disorders this is the perfect time. By coming
together and acknowledging our worth, and embracing ourselves fully, and
reclaiming our body, mind, and spirit, we can one-day help to end the pain and
suffering caused by anorexia and bulimia. - Jennifer Campbell
The Art of Healing Workshop
March 1, 2001 - 7pm at Payson Road
In order to educate a wider population of people about Eating Disorders,
Payson Road is launching the Creative Collective, a new program
set to commence during Eating Disorder Awareness Week, February 25-March 4,
2001. The Creative Collective
is a fusion of artistic mediums designed to help people struggling with eating
disorders utilize creative expression to help them cope with their disease.
The Collective is split into two programs, The Art of Healing Workshops
and The Payson Road Arts
Camp for kids.
Art of Healing Workshop will kick off the Creative Collective program on
March 1, 2001 in Los Angeles. The
event will include a Discussion Group, creative writing exercises,
improvisational acting exercises,
mind and body work with a
yoga session and much more!
Sarah Mason is a writer with numerous credits including a&e's Biography
series. She has a Master's in Film Studies and Screenwriting from Boston
University and has worked with children and adults teaching film production and
screenwriting for 10 years.
Co-hosting the event is LA psychotherapist and registered nurse, Susan Ricker,
R.N., M.F.T. Susan brings a multitude of creativity and knowledge to this
program. Her diverse training includes Kundalini Yoga from Gurmukh of
Goldenbridge Yoga - a favorite in LA. Susan's practice is rich in the philosophies of mind body
Jennifer Campbell (click onto Our Crew) is a
Boston based certified Massage Therapist and Yoga instructor. She is the
director of Payson Road's Mind and Body Healing
program. Jennifer attributes her recovery from anorexia and bulimia to the
power of mind body healing. Her unique blend of talents includes a background in
ballet and modern dance and writing.
Kerry Remsen is a LA based children's drama teacher and coach. Kerry's
successful series of self-esteem workshops for LA Unified school district
inspired the creation of the Payson Road Camp which she will co-produce with
October 2000 - "Frying
New York women's
organization dedicated to supporting charities that empower and help
women. The event was held in New York City and proceeds were donated to Payson Road. We would like to express our most
sincere thanks to Michele Svirsky for organizing the event and all her efforts
to support Payson Road.
To Volunteer for general programs and events on Payson Road, please visit Volunteer
Highlights from the
Candlelight Vigil 2002
On April 20, 2002, Payson Road along with several other
organizations participated in the first annual Candlelight Vigil for
Eating Disorders in Washington D.C., sponsored by ANAD and Voices
Not Bodies. Representing Payson Road, Sarah Mason, Jennifer
Campbell, Mindy Silbergleid, Meranda Watson and Alex
Pictures from the Vigil
Here are some of their recaps of the event.
With no idea what to expect I boarded a plane
to meet Meranda Watson, Jennifer Campbell, Sarah Mason and her
husband Alex Gerulaitis to attend the first annual candle light
vigil in Washington DC. Not
knowing what to expect often leaves me feeling helpless and
vulnerable, even chaotic. It
is one of my “trigger” situations.
Although I’ve grown to know and love the other members of
the PRC for their unconditional love and support during my own
recovery process, there is a certain degree of comfort and safety in
the anonymity of never meeting face to face.
Not that I’ve misrepresented myself, but there was fear
that accompanied the excitement of finally meeting.
The old and all too familiar voice of
ED began moving to the forefront of my mind rather than remaining in
the back where it has remained dormant.
What if I wasn’t all that the others thought or wanted me
to be? What if ED grew so loud that I couldn’t represent Payson
Road as an organization or myself appropriately?
What if moving away from my routine let ED grow louder still?
“SHUT UP!” I actually said to
myself and out-loud. It
didn’t matter that I didn’t know what to expect and deviating
from my fairly rigid routine is a learning experience, a step
forward in itself.
The vigil and meeting the others was an
awesome experience and one that I’m grateful to have been a part
of. Working side by
side with the other members of the PRC to advance eating disorder
awareness, listening to the speakers, and the subsequent vigil not
only helped me to realize how far I’ve truly come in my own
recovery process, but it helped me to realize some future steps that
I need to take.
Two speakers in particular touched me.
An anorectic in recovery shared her story and then admitted
through tears of her recent relapse.
A father spoke of the discrimination that his daughter with
bulimia faced while in the ER and her subsequent death from toxemia.
I personally identified with both
speakers and found myself with tears streaming down my face. They were tears of joy combined with tears of pain and
sadness. While I
identified with and empathized with their pain, I also felt pride in
myself, as it helped me realize all of the steps forward in my own
recovery process. It
helped me realize that I am ready to advocate for myself more than I
have concerning my own treatment.
Not happy with the clinic I’ve been attending, it is time
to make some changes and move on.
Although I still need some reality
checks, my perceptions, my understanding of
myself, and what I need are more realistic than ever.
I continue to further my mind and body connection and can
trust in my ability to make sound decisions.
I may doubt at times and look for external validation, but
this is a natural part of the recovery process and not something to
important step to remember is that I believe in myself and my
ability to continue my recovery process.
Each day I continue to spread my wings
wider, soar a bit higher, and I believe.
I believe that I will find the happiness I want and deserve
and that I will achieve my dreams.
As I stated earlier, the entire
experience in DC was an awesome one.
I didn’t know what to expect from meeting the others, the
vigil itself, or how it might effect me.
While nervous and scared because I couldn’t predict the
outcome, this entire experience proved incredible.
Sometimes not knowing, not predicting an outcome and just
letting things happen proves to be the healthiest approach to take.
It certainly was for me.
I never could have predicted all that I’ve learned from the
experience. The DC
vigil not only met my expectations, but it far exceeded them.
My experience at the Voices
not Bodies vigil was a positive one. In the midst of a rather
intense protest rally and unfavorable weather conditions, I feel
that we all managed to still be able to stay focused on the cause at
hand and more importantly have fun.
The highlight of the trip for me was definitely being able to spend
time with Sarah and my fellow Payson Road Council members. So much
of our communication is mainly through email or the phone so it was
a great change to actually talk in person.
As with many first time events there were some problems and
difficulties regarding setup, weather, and general information. More
importantly however, the intention, honesty, and heart that Voices
not Bodies was created on was very present during the vigil and
that, in the end, out weighed any difficulty that we experienced.
The speakers all spoke with an honesty that brought tears to my eyes
and it made me hopefully that the plight of preventing and healing
eating disorders can be accomplished. I was so proud to be present
at this event as a part of Payson Road and I see it as another
example Payson Road's dedication and continuous outreach and
Looking back it was a fun
and very memorable trip. And to Sarah, Mer, and Mindy, thank you!
You are all Goddesses!!!!
First of all, I'd like to thank Millie Plotkin for her tireless
efforts and unconditional passion for helping people with eating
disorders. Millie organized this event through her
Not Bodies. And it was a great testament of her dedication
that she was able to bring together so many people from great
distances bound together for this common cause. So thank you
The event was positive. It gave many of us in the field of
eating disorders the opportunity to intermingle and discuss ideas
for expanding awareness. I was grateful for that
opportunity. Many of the other organizations were familiar
with Payson Road and had wonderful things to say about the work we
do. That was a lovely surprise. It's always wonderful to
receive positive feedback for your efforts. And I'm glad to
see that Payson Road's reach extends so far.
As Jenn mentioned, like any first event, there were some planning
problems. But nothing that overshadowed the powerful message
sent. Something struck me as we were listening to the
speakers. It rained that day. We had to hold our breath
a couple times and wait for a dry spell following the afternoon
presentations. And at one point no one was sure if the
evenings events would go one. But they did. The rain
stopped right around the time the evening events were scheduled to
commence. And although it had rained steadily on and off all
day and there were ominous black clouds above, the rain held
To me this was an incredible sign from the universe telling us that
our time had come. Nothing was going to stop us from getting
up there and using our voices to shout out a message that is long
overdue. This incredible energy and light came over me
thinking about this. It was as if the Gods were shining down
upon saying, You Go Girls!
I came out of the Vigil feeling a renewed sense of commitment to
bringing about change in the way eating disorders are regarded,
treated and publicized. Any doubts I had that we weren't
ready to get out there and fight the big fight, are gone.
Bring it on!
Thank you Millie!
Pictures from the
Payson Road recently participated in the first annual Candlelight Vigil for
Eating Disorders in Washington DC sponsored by ANAD and Voices Not Bodies. The event was very successful as a
catalyst for future events that are much needed to help shine the light on the
seriousness of eating disorders. Read our Recaps of the Event on the
Corner this week.
In attendance from Payson Road, Sarah Mason, Founder and President, Alexei
Gerulaitis, CIO and Board Directory, Jennifer Campbell, Director, Mind&Body
Program, Meranda Watson, Moderator the Friends and Family Group, Mindy
Silbergleid, Moderator, Post It Section.
(from left to right) Jennifer Campbell, Meranda Watson, Mindy
Silbergleid, Sarah Mason
The PR ladies in front of Capitol Hill
Working the table with the view of the Washington Monument behind
What a night! The vigil was a great
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