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February 4, 2004

CONTACT: Dr. Barbara Streets, 312-4416


    OSWEGO -- Helping people examine their attitudes toward eating and body image is the motivation for Body Acceptance and Eating Awareness Day, which is Feb. 18 at SUNY Oswego. SUNY Oswego will offer free, anonymous education and screenings for eating disorders from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Hewitt Union main lounge.

    Local residents are encouraged to attend this event, which is part of the National Easting Disorders Screening Program.

    A highlight of the day will be a panel presentation from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. titled "Narratives on Overcoming an Eating Disorder." The panelists will share their personal stories of recovery from an eating disorder.

    "For some of us, the battle to attain a certain shape or size becomes an obsession," says Dr. Barbara Streets, a counselor at the SUNY Oswego Counseling Services Center. "The focus on food, dieting and exercise goes way beyond what is normal or healthy and leads to dangerous health effects and psychological pain."

    Those attending the day's activities will have the opportunity to take a short self-test assessing their eating attitudes and talk briefly with a counselor about the results. Referrals to treatment and support services will be made as needed.

    There also will be healthy food samples, videos to watch, free educational eating disorder brochures, and an opportunity to win the Body Acceptance and Eating Awareness Wellness basket (for a $1 donation, with proceeds going to Ophelia's Place).

    Persons with disabilities needing accommodations to attend this event should contact the Counseling Services Center at 312-4416 in advance.
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