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2022
Eating Disorder
Awareness Week
(Feb 21st-Feb 27th)

Join EDCI for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. We love to celebrate awareness and will be updating this page over the next few months. Please check back reguarly for updates and new information! 

 In-person Caregiver Event: At Home with Eating Disorders

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

When providing care for a loved one who is suffering from an eating disorder it can be overwhelming and exhausting.  Sifting through the information and options for treatment can be astounding.  EDCI’s upcoming caregiver event, At Home with Eating Disorders, has 1 goal: to help.  We aim to provide practical information that you will be able to bring home to your family and implement into your daily routine as a caregiver.  Please join us for an in-person event:

Saturday February 26th

West48 Event Center

1601 48th St #100

West Des Moines, IA 50266

Spots are limited for this event! We ask that you register in advance to secure your spot. Limited spots may be available for walk-in registration the day of the event. To sign up, please click here.

Admission is completely free for all attendees!

In lieu of registration fees, and if you are able, we kindly ask you consider making a donation of any size to EDCI. Donations allow us to continue spreading awareness of eating disorders and provide high quality training and resources to caregivers and providers in Iowa. 

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Not A Walk - Awareness Fundraiser

Every February the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) spearheads the national effort to increase awareness of eating disorders and the impact eating disorders have on individuals and loved ones. You may have seen efforts or even participated in previous awareness events such as the annual NEDA walk in October. The Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa (EDCI) is proud to host an awareness fundraiser with a focus on caring for ourselves through rest and joyful movement. We are turning the traditional “awareness walk” on its head with a team-based event we call Eating Disorder Awareness (Not a) Walk Fundraiser or #notawalk for short. We hope you join us in spreading our message of joyful movement! 

 

To read more about our fundraiser please visit our fundraiser page

CLICK HERE to contribute to the fundraiser, join a team or donate directly!

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Virtual Seminar for Caregivers: Supporting a Loved One with an Eating Disorder

In collaboration with Selah House, joing EDCI as we host a free virtual event for family and loved ones. Our speaker will be Dr. Breanne Porter.

Wednesday February 23rd, 2022 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm CST

About this event

This presentation is meant to help build understanding on the following:

  • Reasons a loved one with an ED may resist help or struggle to change

  • What to say and what NOT to say

  • Conversation starters

  • Mealtime strategies

  • Underlying issues

  • Focusing on feelings

  • Cultivating honest communication

  • Avoiding power struggles

  • Challenging perfectionism

  • Seeking professional support

Link to Zoom meeting will be available upon registration. For questions, please contact edci@edciowa.org or michellei@odysseybh.com

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Professional Consultation Group

EDCI hosts a monthly professional consultation group for providers working with eating disorders. Participants are welcome to bring a case for consultation or join to listen, offer insight, or observe. Therapists, physicians, dietitians, nurses, and students are welcome. The group meets virtually via zoom on the third Thursday of every month at 8am. For more information or to receive the zoom link to attend the group, email the organizer, Kim Tallon (k.tallon@edciowa.org).

5

Catch up on Recent Trainings

Click the following link to view all of the recordings of the stellar presentations at our Fall Conference. 

https://www.edciowa.com/conference

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EDAW Resources and Events

The National Eating Disorder Association is celebrating awareness week through the month of February. We encourage you to view their information and resources: 

NEDA Awareness Week 2022

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