Hobart and William Smith Colleges will observe National Eating Disorder Awareness Week from Feb. 26 through March 3. Recognized in all 50 states and 29 countries, “NEDAwareness” week seeks to create a dialogue about this prevalent issue. Throughout the week, the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness (CCSW) and Residential Education are sponsoring events along with student groups.
On Monday and Wednesday, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., students will have the opportunity to participate in confidential mental health screenings conducted by CCSW psychologists.
“The goal of the screening is to provide students with a brief assessment and to make recommendations that could improve their health,” said Michael Siembor, psychologist and coordinator of community provider relations and campus outreach.
Additionally, there will be representatives from the HWS fitness club tabling in the Scandling Campus Center each day during the week, handing out free Dove soap samples and sharing information and awareness of eating disorders.
Operation Beautiful will flood different buildings on campus with uplifting post-its. Another initiative is “I Heart My (fill in the blank)” where students will have their picture taken beside a dry erase board expressing what they love about themselves.
There will also be a Zumba night, a life-size Barbie display (it’s true, she can’t stand up!), and a “Be Comfortable in your own Genes” jeans drive, accepting donations of jeans of all shapes and sizes that either no longer fit or just don’t feel comfortable.
Finally, there will be collaboration with Sankofa, the black student union to discuss the impact of eating disorders in the African American community.
For more information of NEDAwareness Week visit: nationaleatingdisorders.org