Psi Chi will be holding a series of campus-wide events in celebration of National Eating Disorders Awareness Month the week of February 24th through March 1st. Eating Disorders affect 30 million Americans and have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. It is estimated that 90% of college-aged women are persistently dieting and 25% are at serious risk of developing an eating disorder. Psi Chi is determined to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with eating disorders and, in turn, save lives.
Tuesday, February 25th
We encourage everyone to attend Smash TALK at Samford University. This will be a discussion panel consisting of individuals in recovery as well as treatment professionals. It will no doubt be a valuable opportunity to learn more about eating disorders and their impact. This event will be held in the Brock Forum Building at 5:30.
Wednesday, February 26th
Wednesday will feature an afternoon of activities on the Green. From 1-5 we will have a scale smashing station where you can bring your own scale or purchase one from Psi Chi then show it who’s boss! We will also have tie-dyeing stations (t-shirts available for $3 or bring your own), a life size Barbie, Zumba Party, Cantina food truck and much more. All donations received will be divided between Psi Chi and the National Eating Disorders Association.
Thursday, February 27th
A candlelight vigil will be held at 6pm at The Edge of Chaos (Lister Hill Library, 4th floor). This is event will offer support and hope to those battling an eating disorder, celebrate those in recovery and honor those who have lost their lives. You will hear survivors share their stories and gain insight into what their lives were like and how they have changed.
All events are public and everyone is encouraged to attend.
An event page has been set up at www.facebook.com/BlazingED