GW Raises Awareness for Eating Disorders with a Full Week of Events

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week) begins February 23, 2015. Faculty, staff and students in the school of public health community have joined together to sponsor a week-long series of events from February 23 - 27, 2015. These events will shed light on the prevalence and consequences of eating disorders, specifically in the college setting, and how we can promote our own health and well-being and that of our friends, family, and members of the GW community and colleges around the country.

Schedule of Activities

Monday, Feb. 23  

NEDA Week Kickoff and Student Social | 6 – 7:30pm | Marvin Center, Colonial Health Center
Join Students Promoting Eating Disorder Awareness and Knowledge (SPEAK) GW for an informal social meet-and-greet with Nancy Cass, the UCC Eating Disorder Services Coordinator.


Tuesday, Feb. 24 

SPEAK Information Table | 12 -2:00pm | Marvin Center, 1st Floor Elevators
Stop by the Marvin Center first floor elevators where members of SPEAK GW have informational resources available and free NEDA Week 2015 gear!

Free Relaxation Yoga | 12 -1:00pm | Lerner Health and Wellness Center
Enjoy the peace and calm found in this yoga session geared to relax and clear your mind and body. A great class for beginners!


Wednesday, Feb. 25 

More Than a Body: Celebrate You Fair | 11am -2:00pm | Marvin Center, Great Hall
Colonial Health Center representatives and area community resource providers host a fair focusing on general health and wellness, body image and self-care. Drop by for information, giveaways, and a free chair massage.

An Evening with Brian Cuban | 7:30-9pm | Milken Institute School of Public Health | Register to attend
Brian Cuban, author of the best-selling book, “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder” joins GW for an engaging discussion about living with and recovering from eating disorders, drug addiction and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Come hear this nationally-acclaimed inspirational advocate and stay for the student panel following Brian's remarks. Free copies of Brian's book will be available to students!


Thursday, Feb. 26

Beauty Before Age | 7:30-9pm | Multicultural Student Services Center, Room 209
Timothy Kaine and UCC Eating Disorder Services Coordinator, Nancy Cass, host a screening of Beauty Before Age and lead a discussion with students about body image in the GW and LGBTQIA communities.


Friday, Feb. 27

Trash the Scale | 12-2pm | Marvin Center, 1st Floor Elevators
Promote the importance of focusing on health, not a number, by throwing away your scale. Limited number of scales provided for students to graffiti.


If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder and would like to speak with someone, you may reach the National Eating Disorders Association helpline (Mon - Thurs 9am - 9pm; Fri 9am - 5pm) at 888-931-2237. If you are a GW student looking for support, there are on-campus resources to help including the University Counseling CenterStudent Health Service, and the student organization Students Promoting Eating Disorder Awareness & Knowledge (SPEAK) at George Washington University.