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Ole Miss Hosts National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics
photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

The Ole Miss Nutrition Clinic and Sports Dietitians will hold private screenings and supportive body and beauty image events on campus from February 23 through February 27 for the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

Hillary Ake, a registered dietitian graduate assistant for the Ole Miss Rebels, said, “Eating disorders are the deadliest mental illness, and their incidence on college campuses is increasing every year. As this is the first NEDAwareness week on Ole Miss’ campus, this year will mostly be about exposure and education, with a goal to focus on the positives- positive body image, positive talk and positive relationships with food.”

For the entire week there will be the private screenings for no charge within the conference room at The Grill at 1810 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The restaurant is located within Olivia and Archie Manning Performance Center.

The Student Dietetic Association will provide post-its for students to share positive thoughts at the Union on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The RebelWell will be handing out healthy snacks too.

Conversations on healthy body image within the week-long event will also be accessible on social media, starting Wednesday. The hashtag is #NoWeighWednesday to promote a more healthy way of body maintenance without obsessive number counting in either calories or pounds. On that same day there will be the private screenings at The Grill at 1810 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. along with a free yoga class held in studio room 305 at the Manning Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The yoga class is courtesy of Campus Recreation.

On Thursday the confidential screenings will be held at the Conner Hall Room 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Another hashtag opportunity is #FatTalkFreeFriday at the end of the week-long awareness event. This hashtag will exercise kinder words in relevance to weight perception and acceptance.

For more information about the Ole Miss Sports Nutrition, visit the website or email them.

To make an appointment at the UM Nutrition Clinic, visit their website. To contact the NEDAwareness helpline, call 1-800-931-2237 or email them.

Callie Daniels is a staff writer at HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at callie.daniels@hottytoddy.com.

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