Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week (PEDAW): Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves!
| February 3, 2012
It’s Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 5th to Feburary 11th!
PEDAW is a province-wide effort to raise awareness around prevention, early intervention and treatment of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, healthy body image and self-esteem. In BC, we have an enthusiastic group of service providers including teachers, clinicians, community nutritionists and peer support workers, who are involved in the planning for this event throughout the year. "Love our Bodies, Love Ourselves!" is the movement launched by the BC Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week Planning Group to bring awareness to the public to help prevent disordered eating and eating disorders.
“As food is needed for the body, the same way love is needed for ourselves. Food strengthens the body while love strengths the soul. A person is incomplete without love. So let's love ourselves."
Want to be involved? Send an affirmation or positive thought to our “Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves!” Facebook page and send the link to your friends, families, and your networks to bring awareness to the campaign. Be creative! Let us know what this movement means to you, and how you will be implementing it in your daily lives! How will your conversations change? How will your thoughts about yourself change? What ideas do you have to love our bodies and love ourselves more? Post your ideas up on our Facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! If you would like us to come to your school, give us a call at 604-875-2084 or email for more details on organizing a presentation in your classroom!
This movement isn't about people in suits and ties telling you what and what not to do. Instead, it’s an ongoing conversation that’s interactive and open-minded, led by anyone and everyone who wants to make a change in how they see themselves and others. Speaking from personal experience, once you truly - and I mean TRULY - begin to love yourself, no magazine, billboard, or person can bring you down. The possibilities are endless, and the word ‘happy’ begins to have an entirely new meaning. No matter what anyone else says, you are beautiful just as you are.
I hope you will take part in supporting the “Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves!” movement!