News from the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) Campaign

PEDAW Coordinators on December 10, 2013

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is a BC Province wide effort to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem.  The initiative is led by Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program at Family Services of the North Shore in collaboration with Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, Looking Glass Foundation, St. Paul ’s Specialized Adult Eating Disorder Program, BC Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders Program, and Healthy Minds, Healthy Campuses.  PEDAW is launched the first full week in February with activities and events taking place throughout the year.

Calling BC Residents!  Take part in our Wristband Photo Challenge:

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign wants BC residents to take part in a Province-wide photo challenge.

PEDAW is looking for photo submissions that include the official Love our Bodies, Love Ourselves wristband.  Photos submitted by January 20, 2014 will be considered for placement as the featured photo of the day throughout February to spread awareness around eating disorders.

For more information or to request a free wristband, email  

Call for guest bloggers

Eating Disorders Awareness week is in February, and we need YOUR help to spread awareness around eating disorders during the month of February!

We invite people of all ages to share insights, personal experiences, and helpful tips about eating disorders as part of our awareness campaign. Submit your writing by Monday, January 20th, 2014 to be considered for placement.

Guidelines for writing include:

  • 500 – 1,000 words in length
  • original content (unpublished on any site)
  • no triggering content, such as specific numbers, weights, behaviors, or glamorized suffering
  • no advertising products or businesses
  • must include author name. If you would like to, include a link to your website/blog.
  • must agree to use on PEDAW blog and PEDAW social media
  • you are welcome to submit a photo that you would like attached with the blog!
  • blog ideas: Body image, myth busting, how you practise self-care, your recovery story, a video blog (maximum time is 5 minutes), how to prevent eating disorders, how to raise awareness, ways to reduce stigma, and anything else you can think of relating to eating disorders!

Submit your posts to by January 20th, 2014!

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