2014 National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

February 20 - 28, 2014

​Presented by: Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa (EDCI); ISU Student Counseling Services, ISU Program for Women in Science and Engineering, ISU Committee on Lectures, ISU Graduate Students of: Education and Clinical Psychology, ISU Division of Student Affairs, ISU Student Athlete Affairs, ISU Collegiate Panhellenic Council, ISU College of Human Sciences, ISU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, ISU Department of Kinesiology.


Dr. Ralph Carson

Headline Speaker 2014


Dr. Carson has been involved in the clinical treatment of obesity, addictions and eating disorders for over 35 years. He has a unique background in health science and medicine. He earned his BS at Duke University and BHS at Duke University Medical School. These degrees coupled with a nutrition and exercise focus -BS at Oakwood College, PhD at Auburn University- has prepared him to integrate neuropsychobiological intervention and proven psychotherapeutic treatment.


Dr. Carson has honed his skills in communication and often-complicated science into enjoyable, practical and informative workshops. He is currently executive director of FitRx located in Nashville, TN, which is a unique partial and IOP program designed to assist those people of size struggling with both the medical and psychological complications of binge eating.


Ralph Carson has consulted with numerous addiction and eating disorder treatment centers throughout the country as well as being a highly sought after speaker at various conferences and workshops. Additionally, Dr. Carson has set up several eating disorder programs and corporate wellness programs.


He is an active board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). Working with Academy Medical Systems, he developed workshops for professional groups throughout the U. S. on topics such as exercise therapy, sports nutrition, eating disorders, and childhood obesity.


He has authored several popular books on nutrition, lifestyle practices, good health and the brain: Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruits and the recently published The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter?


Thursday, February 20

ISU Speaker: Dr. Ralph Carson, Binge Eating Specialist, FitRX

ISU Campus, Sun Room, Memorial Union, Ames, IA

7:00 p.m.

Q & A Panel to follow


Saturday, February 22, 2014

EDCI Awareness Day

Location: DMACC Southridge Center, 1111 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA 50315


8:00 am Registration, Coffee, Silent Auction Opens

Headline Speaker

8:45 a.m. Dr. Ralph Carson, Binge Eating Specialist, FitRX

9:45 a.m. Panel Discussion

Breakout Sessions

10:45 1:00, 2:15 Attend three of four one- hour, unique and insightful sessions

CEU Seminars (4 CEU's)
Cost: $40 (Free to professionals in training, non licensed, if seats available)

8:45-3:15 Professionals (Nursing, Mental Health, Dietitians) seeking CEU credits on the topic of eating disorders will choose one of three intensive four-hour trainings which includes the 8:45 Headline Speaker presentation

11:45 Lunch/Silent Auction
3:15 Balloon Release


Tuesday, February 25

Documentary - "Perfect Illusion"

ISU Campus, 205 Carver Hall, Ames, IA

Time:  7:00 pm

Q & A Panel to follow


Wednesday, February 26

Rock Your Body Wellness Resource Fair and Group Fitness

ISU Campus, State Gym, Ames, IA

Time: 2:00-5:00 pm

Enjoy some YOU time! Something for Everyone

Thursday, February 27

Diversity, Body Image, Eating Disorders Discussion Panel

ISU Campus, 205 Carver Hall, Ames, IA

Time: 7:00 pm


Friday, February 28

"Lunch 'n Learn" - Intuitive Eating

ISU Campus, 2021 Human Nutrition Sciences Building (HNSB), Ames, IA

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm



Each of the ISU events will host a table for "Don't Fight Your Genes, Change Your Jeans."  Please donate jeans or other clothing that no longer fits--they will go to a shelter in Des Moines.



Heartland Chapter of IAEDP Workshop

June 14, 2014

"Clinical Hazzards Of Treating Individuals Who Have Failed After More Intensive Treatment: Tools To Avoid The Crash!"

Des Moines Area Community College, Southridge Campus, 1111 E. Army Post Rd., Suite 400

Additional information at http://heartlandiaedp.com/