CSU, Chico News

Eating Disorders Awareness Week Offers Variety of Activities Feb. 22–27

Date: 02-12-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Stephanie Chervinko
Counseling and Wellness Center

From advice on helping a friend with an eating disorder to discussions about recovery to a stand-up comedian, Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 22–27, offers something of interest for anyone who wants to find out more. Part of a national outreach effort, the local week was planned by a coalition of services and student groups at California State University, Chico. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are welcomed at all events.

The National Eating Disorders Association reports that, in the United States, as many as 10 million females and one million males are fighting a life-and-death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Millions more are struggling with binge eating disorder.

“This is the first time we’ve brought so many people together to plan this event, and we are excited that we will reach so many more people than we have in the past,” said Stephanie Chervinko, psychologist at the Counseling and Wellness Center and chair of the committee. “Eating disorders can be life-threatening, but with treatment, people get better. So one of the things we want to do is to raise awareness that help is available. Another goal is to provide resources to friends and families, so they have some guidance in their efforts to support a loved one who may be struggling with an eating disorder.”

Schedule of Events:
Monday, Feb. 23
“It’s a Guy Thing,” Presentation by Troy Purdom, Kinesiology
5–6 p.m. BMU 314

Comedian Loni Love
9–10 p.m. BMU Auditorium

Tuesday, Feb. 24
Information Fair
10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free Speech Area (Selvester’s Café for rain)

Understanding Eating Disorders: How to help a friend
Tony Paulson, Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program
7–8 p.m. Lassen TV/Study Lounge

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Information Fair
10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free Speech Area (BMU for rain)

“The Road to Recovery,” Panel Discussion
5¬–6 p.m. BMU 314

Thursday, Feb. 26
“Lovely and Amazing,” film and discussion
7:30–9:30 p.m. Common Grounds, BMU
Clothing Exchange before the movie

As part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, The Campus Wellness Center will present the Great Jeans Give-A-Way From Monday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 27. “The idea behind the clothing drive,” said Chervinko, “is to encourage people to have a healthy body image by having clothes that fit now, not clothes that will fit someday.” The slogan attached to this campaign is, “Be comfortable in your genes!”

Any kind of clothing, not just jeans, can be dropped off at several stations on campus. The collected items will be donated to charities. The drop-off stations include the CAVE Office in BMU 309; the Women’s Center downstairs in the BMU; the BMU Information Center; and the Counseling and Wellness Center, SSC 430.

For more information on the week, call Chervinko at 530-898-6345. For more information on eating disorders, visit the National Eating Disorders Web site at http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/.