Rhythmic Gymnast National Champ Launching Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 17, 2014 – The 2002 U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics Junior National Champion will speak at 5 p.m. Feb. 24 to kick off a slate of activities in observance of Eating Disorders Awareness Week at Southeast Missouri State University.

Kristin Kaye will share her comeback journey which resulted in her being chosen as a member of the 2009 U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships Group Team. Her presentation, “Eating Disorders: Prevent and Inspire,” will address eating disorder awareness issues such as signs, symptoms and how to help someone you know who may be struggling, along with recovery topics such as relapse prevention, support circles and the perception of body image and self-esteem in life after treatment.

Kaye’s presentation and other Eating Disorders Awareness Week events will be held in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.

The week’s events will continue with an eating disorders recovery panel at 6 p.m. Feb. 25. Participants will hear about the recovery experiences of several individuals who have overcome eating disorders and how they learned to cope. Torie Grogan, a counselor from University Counseling and Disability Services with expertise in prevention and treatment of eating disorders, will be on hand to facilitate discussion and answer questions.

A documentary titled “America the Beautiful,” will be shown at noon Feb. 26. This powerful documentary examines the cause of the country’s obsession with dieting. It also will look at whether obesity increases disease risk.

A discussion titled “Body Image: It’s Time to Talk about It,” is planned for 5 p.m. Feb. 27. At this session, Grogan will lead a discussion about how body image becomes distorted and how to improve it.

Southeast dietetic students will present a skit titled “What is Normal Eating?” at 6:10 p.m. Feb. 24. The skit will focus on how to recognize and strive for normal eating.

A 5K Walk/Run is planned for March 1 beginning at the Arena Park pavilion #1. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with event to start at 11 a.m.

Throughout the week, free and anonymous screenings from University Counseling Services staff and volunteers will be available for those wishing to determine whether they may be at risk for developing an eating disorder. These screenings will be available 30 minutes before each event.

A life-size Barbie will make an appearance at all Eating Disorders Awareness Week events.

The week’s events are sponsored by Enrollment Management and Student Success, the College of Health and Human Services, Counseling and Disability Services, the Department of Criminal Justice & Sociology, the Department of Communication Disorders, the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, the Department of Human Environmental Studies, the Department of Nursing, the Department of Social Work, the Department of Psychology, Recreation Services, the Southeast Athletic Department and the Student Dietetic Association.

For further information on the week’s events, contact Jeremy Barnes at (573) 651-2782.