2015 was the First Eating Disorder Awareness Week in Edmonton.
Oh! What a week it was!
EDSNA partnered with Canadian Mental Health Association, Edmonton Region to host Edmonton’s first-ever Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The City of Edmonton proclaimed the week, the High Level bridge was lit up in periwinkle blue, we held a panel discussion, a book launch and #SmashED– an interactive and public event inviting people to smash their bathroom scale and add parts of the scale to an art installation on positive body image. It was an ambitious and powerful start to what will now be an annual event in Edmonton!
EDSNA would like to express our sincere gratitude to the many individuals and organizations that made this week such an overwhelming success!
– The Canadian Mental Health Association for agreeing to partner with EDSNA to make these events a reality and being with us every step if the way – even in the minus 15 weather!
– The City of Edmonton and in particular Councillor Bev Esslinger for officially recognizing this week for the important event that it is. Also for lighting the High Level Bridge, and for providing us space for our #SmashED event on very short notice.
– Heath Minister Mandel for joining the proclamation proceedings.
– The Alberta Teachers’ Association for hosting our Panel Discussion Event at Barnett House.
– Home Depot for their generous donation for materials required for our #SmashED event.
– The Art Students at Memorial Composite High School for creating such an amazing mural for the #SmashED Event!
– The media in Edmonton and Area who provided such amazing coverage throughout the week.
– The many volunteers who made all of the events run so smoothly.
Most of all we would like to thank the individuals who struggle with eating disorders and their family members for coming out to the events. It takes an enormous amount of courage to share your lives and your stories.
We had excellent media coverage!
Edmonton Sun – #SmashED | Spruce Grove Examiner
Monday – February 2, 2015
– Proclamation by the City of Edmonton recognizing Eating Disorder Awareness Week
– Lighting of the High Level Bridge – periwinkle Blue in recognition of Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Wednesday February 4, 2015
– Video Presentation followed by a panel discussion
Saturday February 7, 2015
– #SmashED event at Churchill Square: You are not defined by a number!
Sunday February 8, 2015
– ‘Book of Hope’ by Sue Huff – book release at Lois Hole Library