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Eating Disorder
Awareness Week

EDCI is thrilled to announce a two day event with renowned expert and speaker, Ragen Chastain! 

Provider Conference:

Community Workshop:

Sponsor the event:

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Weight and Healthcare: 
Eliminating Weight Stigma and Promoting Weight-Neutral Care in Eating Disorders Treatment

Save the Date!

March 1st and 2nd, 2024

Grand View University


March 1st

Join EDCI for a full day of continuing education led by speaker, writer, thought leader and all-around methodology rock star, Ragen Chastain.  Earn 6 Credit Hours!

Medical providers, nurses, physician assistants, dietitians, psychologists, social workers and allied professionals are encouraged to attend. 

All professional participants and the general public can purchase tickets and register for the event at our conference site. Cancellations will be refunded up to one week prior to the event.

Registration Fee for Continuing Education:

General Provider: $120    EDCI Professional Member: $96   Community Member (no CEU): $30


8:00 - 8:25 AM
8:25 - 8:30 AM
8:30 - 10:00 AM
10:00 - 10:15 AM
10:15 - 11:45 AM


11:45 - 1:15 PM

1:15 - 2:45 PM
2:45 - 3:00 PM
3:00 - 4:30 PM
4:30 - 4:35 PM

4:35 - 6:00 PM

Attendee Check-in

Opening Remarks
The World is Messed Up, You Are Fine
Understanding the Research Around Weight And Health

Lunch Break

Weight Bias in Healthcare
Size Acceptance and Eating Disorders: A Critical, Crucial, Core Conversation
Closing Remarks
Provider Social


1)  Upon completion of this learning activity, learners will be able to define and recognize the various types of weight stigma and bias, explain their impact on eating disorders patients, practitioners, and caregivers, and reduce or eliminate weight stigma and bias in their practices.

2)  After completing this training, participants will be able to distinguish between the weight-centric and weight-neutral paradigms and explain and apply the current weight science research to them in order to provide ethical, evidence-based care.

3)  Upon completing this workshop, learners will be able to select and employ weight-neutral methodologies in their eating disorders practice.

Ragen Chastain

Ragen Chastain is a speaker, writer, researcher, Board Certified Patient Advocate, multi-certified health and fitness professional, and thought leader in weight science, weight stigma, health, and healthcare. Utilizing her background in research methods and statistics, Ragen has brought her signature mix of humor and hard facts to healthcare, corporate, conference, and college audiences from Kaiser Permanente and the Diabetes Education Specialists National Conference, to Amazon and Google, to Dartmouth, Cal Tech and canfitpro. Author of the Weight and Healthcare newsletter, the book Fat: The Owner's Manual, co-author of HAES Health Sheets, and editor of the anthology The Politics of Size, Ragen is frequently featured as an expert in print, radio, television, and documentary film. In her free time, Ragen is a national dance champion, triathlete, and marathoner who holds the Guinness World Record for Heaviest Woman to Complete a Marathon, and co-founded the Fit Fatties Facebook group which has over 11,000 members. Ragen lives in LA with her fiancée Julianne and their adorable dog. 


March 2nd

Community members, folks in recovery, caregivers, educators, and friends are welcome to gather on Saturday, March 2nd to learn about eating disorders, weight stigma and body image.  Ragen Chastain will return to share important knowledge on navigating weight stigma in eating disorder recovery! 


General Admission: $10*

*EDCI strives to keep costs low for all individuals and families to be able to attend our community events. Should cost be a barrier, please contact us ( to receive a reduced or free ticket. 


8:00 - 8:25 AM
8:25 - 8:30 AM
8:30 - 10:00 AM

10:00 - 10:15 AM
10:15 - 11:15 AM


11:15 - 11:30 AM
11:30 - 12:30 PM

12:30 - 12:35 PM

Attendee Check-in  

Opening remarks

Keynote Presentation: Navigating Weight Stigma: Support and Advocacy in Eating Disorders Prevention, Treatment and Recovery
Ragen Chastain
Session 2: Commonly Asked Questions for the Care & Treatment of Eating Disorders
Gabriella Sloan, LCPC, M.A., NCC, QMHP 
Session 3: The Body Image Beast: Navigating Body Image Struggles Together
Stephanie Proud, RDN, LD, CNSC
Closing remarks

For any questions, please reach out! Contact

We look forward to seeing you for our Eating Disorder Awareness Week programming!


Social Workers/Counselors: Six credit hours of continuing education have been approved by NASW IA. 

Psychologists: EDCI is providing a certificate of attendance for 6.00 CE hours for participants who attend the full conference.

Dietitians: Continuing education hours have been approved for 6.00 CPE by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Full attendance is required.

Nurses: Des Moines Area Community College is an Iowa Board of Nursing

Approved Provider. DMACC IBON Provider #22 has approved this training event for 6.00 Nursing Contact hours. Full attendance is required to earn contact hours. No partial attendance credit will be awarded. It is the licensees responsibility to determine if the continuing education programs they attend meet the requirements of their professional licensure board.

Medical Providers: UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is accredited by the Iowa Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. UnityPoint Health – Des Moines designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

To track your CME please follow the instructions here.

All Other Professionals Not Listed: May be eligible for continuing education. Consult your governing rules to determine if appropriate subject matter criteria will apply to credit hours.

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