Former Model Turned Yoga Instructor Launching Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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Lauren Jones

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI., Feb. 12, 2015 – Former model and Source-Yoga ‘n More owner Lauren Jones will speak at 5 p.m. Feb. 23 to kick off a slate of activities in observance of Eating Disorders Awareness Week at Southeast Missouri State University.

Jones will present her presentation “How You Look is not What You Are” at 5 p.m. Feb. 23 in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. Her presentation will cover issues surrounding body image and body dysmorphia in relation to media, societal and personal expectations.

Jones started her modeling career with a regional agency at age 18 and has appeared in numerous publications such as Italian Harper’s Bazaar, German Elle, American Vogue and Shape, and more than 25 television commercials for companies such as Clairol, Pantene, Evian, Dannon and Aveeno. She also has appeared in national and international ad campaigns and catalogs.

During her tenure in the fashion industry, she has seen the changes in body types portrayed to the consumer go from the healthy, All-American, girl-next-door beauties to the waif phase that glorified the “heroin-chic” super skinny look.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week events will continue with an eating disorders recovery panel at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 in Glenn Auditorium. Participants will listen to the recovery experiences of several who have overcome eating disorders and how they learned to cope. A counselor with expertise in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders will be present to facilitate discussion and answer questions.

A documentary titled “Someday Melissa” will be shown at noon Feb. 25 in Rhodes Hall Room 121. This documentary chronicles the story of 19-year-old Melissa Avrin who lost her life to an eating disorder. Created by Melissa’s mother Judy, the film was inspired by the writings of Melissa’s journal.

A presentation titled “Scale Smash and Smash Talk” is planned for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Student Recreation-North Multipurpose Room. At this session, the staff of the Counseling and Disability Services will lead a discussion centered on the problems with societal standards of beauty and focus on repairing positive body image.

Sara Wagganer, assistant director of fitness and wellness, and Danielle Stueve of Festus, Missouri, will lead PiYo at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Student Recreation Center-North Multipurpose Room. PiYo is a group exercise class that blends yoga poses and stretches with powerful Pilates moves to strengthen the whole body and increase flexibility.

Southeast dietetic interns will present a skit titled “The Faces of Eating Disorders” at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 in Glenn Auditorium. The skit will focus on how eating disorders can affect a person during each stage of his/her life.

A 5K Walk/Run is planned for Feb. 28 beginning at Capaha Park Pavilion #1. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the event to start at 11 a.m. Registration is $20.

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 for 30 minutes before each event.

A life-size Barbie and Ken will be on display in Recreation Services during Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

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, the Health and Wellness Association and the Student Dietetic Association.

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