EDIN’s Love Your Body Week handbook is designed for grade school teachers and parents to bring an eating disorder prevention program to elementary schools. The 5-day program addressed the connection between food and feelings, how to support a friend, and the problems caused by judging people based on their body size. It includes handouts for the children and teachers, class exercises, suggestions for teachers and staff, songs, art projects, Table Tent cards, and letters for parents. You can order your LYBW handbook by clicking here. The handbook is based on the book Full Mouse, Empty Mouse (Magination Press, 2008), written by organizational founder Dr. Dina Zeckhausen. FMEM is the ONLY children’s book dedicated to teaching children to eat based on their body signals of hunger and fullness ad to addressing the role that parents and peers play in the development of a loved one’s body image. More information about this book can be found here.
Middle and High School
LULA (Love Ur Life Always) is a peer-led club program which involves teaching teens healthy ways to handle stress, challenge media influences, and develop a positive self-image. For each toping within the LULA curriculum, a corresponding and community-based activity is outlined. This ensures that not only are participants educated about various issues such as self-image, media messages, diet myths, etc., but that expectations for concerted action are set. In addition, the play “What’s Eating Katie?” also written by Dr. Zeckhausen, can be performed by students by their peers, parents, educators, and coaches.
The M.O.D. (Moms of Daughters) Squad handbook is designed to help mothers (and fathers!) of school-aged children to help raise physically and mentally healthy children. This program is desingned to help parents examine their own issues surrounding food meanwhile learning healthy parenting techniques in regards to media exposure, emotional coping schools, and positive body image. M.O.D. Squad members meet regularly for support, advice, and information. Members also meet with their children for fun activities related to food, media, and healthy body image.
Love Your Body Week during February, National Eating Disorder Awareness Month
EDIN organizes and presents Eating Disorders Awareness Month events (e.g. Love Your Body Week) each February, reaching thousands of Georgians. Our Community events have garnered awards from the national non-profit the National Eating Disorders Association. You can visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org to find out how you can organize community events in your city.