Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Feb. 20-25


UNL is observing National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 20-25. The theme is a week to "Be Comfortable in Your Genes." All events are free and open to the public.

Eating Disorder Awareness Week events at UNL are sponsored by the Eating Disorders Education and Prevention; Students Helping Individuals Nurture Esteem; Greeks Promoting Positive Attitudes; the University Health Center; Campus Recreation; and the Wellness Initiative.

Justin Henderson, a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology, will open the observance with the lecture "Bigger, Stronger, Faster," 8 p.m., Feb. 21 in the Nebraska Union. The discussion will focus on society's surge for new and often conflicting exercise programs, presenting the truths of physical activity.

Jeffrey Rudy, director of athletic training, will discuss "Can You Be Fit and Fat," at 7 p.m., Feb. 22. And, at 7 p.m., Feb. 23, "Athletes Speak Out About Body Image and Sport," will feature a panel discussion led by Husker athletes, dance competitors and mixed martial arts participants. Both the panel discussion and Rudy's presentation are in the Nebraska Union.

During the week, Students Helping Individuals Nurture Esteem will give the presentation "How to Help a Friend." The presentations are: 7 p.m., Feb. 20 in the Neihardt Hall Blue Room; 2 p.m., Feb. 24 in the East Union; 7 p.m., Feb. 24 in the Nebraska Union; and 3 p.m., Feb. 25 in the Campus Rec Center.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week began as a national outreach campaign sponsored by the Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention organization, a national nonprofit organization. This marks the 15th year UNL has observed the week. EDEP planned all activities sponsored on campus has a goal to help foster healthy ideas and encourage students to develop self-esteem and self-respect based on wellness principles.

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