Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) is February 1 to 7, 2019 and is nationally and internationally recognized. This is important because although eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness, they continue to be shrouded in shame, stigma and secrecy. EDAW is a chance to change this, and we plan to do so through education, connection and compassion.
The theme of EDAW this year is “Eating Disorders Can’t Afford To Wait”. Silver Linings Foundation will be working along with community partners to raise awareness throughout the city about this complex and often misunderstood illness.
Silver Linings, EDSNA and other community partners have planned several exciting EDAW events throughout Calgary. For more information, please see the list below and check back here for updates. You can also follow us on Twitter for the latest updates on EDAW.
Calgary Eating Disorder Awareness Week initiatives
Lighting Up Landmarks
The lighting of the Calgary Tower, the Olympic Plaza and Reconciliation Bridge will all be vivid purple on February 1st in recognition of the beginning of EDAW and as a show of support for Calgary’s eating disorder community. Please take pictures and share on social media with the hashtags #LightItPurple, #PurpleforEDAW, #ShowUsYourPurple and #EDAW2019.
12pm Launch of Eating Disorders Awareness Week
We will be at City Hall at noon on February 1st to celebrate the launch of this important week with Mayor Nenshi and many other engaged representatives. Media and the general public are encouraged to join us at 12pm, 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary. FREE.
All Week Long “Active for Awareness”, Charity Yoga & Fitness Classes
Throughout the week, various yoga and fitness studios will show their support for EDAW by hosting a charity class with proceeds donated to Silver Linings’ EDAW Fund. Certain classes will the attended by EDAW’s Organizing Committee volunteers. Please re-visit this page and our social media platforms for updates about participating studios and classes.
5pm Market Collective (3pm for the shoe sale) at The Village.
The evening begins with a Market Collective of artisans and organizations that are supportive of eating disorder recovery, healthy body image and healing. Please join us to support local merchants! And...Attention ladies, as of 3pm, also up for grabs will the the remaining Arnold Churgin inventory, priced at $40 a pair (50% of the proceeds will generously be donated to our EDAW Fund).
7pm - 10pm Evening of Hope
Join Dr. Angela Grace and EDSNA for an evening of stories of healing, as told through art, music, dance & spoken words. This uplifting evening will take place at The Village and tickets can be purchased online on this link.
2 - 4pm Lifted Up
This special initiative at the Westbourne Baptist Church will involved Christian prayer, music and fellowship in support of eating disorders. Please RSVP to Sarah Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org
6pm - 8:30pm Rustic Sign Paint Nite
Please join us at Vagabond to celebrate eating disorder recovery through art! Participants will select a sign that is meaningful to them, mingle and paint together, then leave with a decorative keepsake from the evening. Tickets for this event cost $50 + GST (price subsidized by EDSNA) and can be purchased through this link. For more information, please contact Brenda at 403-819-1933.
10am - 2pm Trivia Wheel
Please join us at Mount Royal University’s Main Street to have a little fun and take a turn at winning prizes while learning about eating disorders.
12:30pm - 5:30pm Family Physician & Health Professional Workshop on Eating Disorders
This accredited workshop called “Primary Care Management of Eating Disorders”, is being offered by Alberta Health Services and Calgary Zone Primary Care Networks, and sponsored by Silver Linings Foundation and our community partner, Lionheart Foundation. The half-day workshop, presented by two specialists with the Calgary Eating Disorder Program, targets family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers and other healthcare professionals who encounter patients with eating disorders in their practice. Topics covered will include screening, identifying and responding to patients and much more. Lunch will be provided and a reception will follow the workshop. Registration and more details on this link.