Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) is February 1 to 7, 2018 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: One Size Doesn’t Fit All”. Silver Linings Foundation will be working along with partners such as the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA) to raise awareness throughout the community 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

February 1st

  • Lighting Up Landmarks
    The lighting of the Calgary Tower, TELUS Spark Centre, the Olympic Plaza and Langevin Bridge in vivid purple on the evening of February 1st marks the beginning of EDAW. Please take pictures and share on social media with the #LightItPurple, #PurpleforEDAW and #EDAW2018 hashtags.
      
  • Eating Disorders Awareness Week Launch
    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 representatives. Join us at 12pm, 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary. FREE.

 

  • Family Physicians Conference
    This conference sponsored by Silver Linings Foundation & Lionheart Foundation is accredited by the U of C Continuing Medical Education. The conference, called “Demystifying Eating Disorders”, targets family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers and other healthcare professionals interested in working with patients with eating disorders. Presented by two specialists with the Calgary Eating Disorder Program, the workshop will explore topics such as screening, identifying and responding to patients and much more. Click here or more information or to register.

February 2nd

  • Body Image, Eating Disorders & Youth Workshop
    Dr. Angela Grace in conjunction with Community Education Service of the Child & Adolescent Addiction are offering a workshop from 12-1:30pm at Alberta Children’s Hospital – Kinsmen Learning Centre (4th floor). This workshop is recommended for parents, teachers and other allied adults who work with youth. Youth is also welcome and it is FREE! Dr. Grace will discuss risk factors, protective factors, and approaches to prevention and intervention that can help participants support youth in developing a healthy body image without focusing on weight.
     
  • “Straight/Curve” Viewing and Panel & Audience Discussion
    Join Silver Linings Foundation on February 2nd from 6:30 to 9:00pm, for the viewing of a documentary on body image, followed by a panel and audience discussion . Tickets are for sale at Straight/Curve Documentary and the viewing will be at Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave SE).

February 3rd 

  • BEYOU Body Image Workshop for Youth
    Body Image – What is it? How do I feel about my body?
    Emotions such as anxiety and shame and how they affect me.
    Yoga, movement, mindfulness, creative arts as positive strategies.
    Ownership – Working towards greater self-acceptance and confidence.
    Understanding social pressures – How the media, society and culture influence how I feel about myself.

    Location: Wymbin Yoga (#50-919. 9th Ave SE, from 12:30-3:30pm.
    Cost: $25 (proceeds going to EDAW). 20 spots available. Contact: jacqueline@heartfelthealth.ca
     
  • Eating Disorder – Awareness and Risk Mitigation in the Fitness World
    This AFLCA accredited event is sponsored by EDSNA  and is open to all fitness professionals and post-secondary students hoping to work with athletes or in the fitness world. Topics will include: identifying warning signs of eating disorders in athletes, compulsive exercising, how to initiate conversations and much more. Location: Vivo (11950 Country Village Link NE) , from 9am-1pm. Cost: $75. For more information, please contact Angela@EDSNA.ca or to register, please visit https://edsna.wufoo.eu/forms/z5cd0e409n87o4/

February 5th  

  • Paint_ED Paint Nite
    6:30pm at Raw Canvas
    Open to kids, teens and adults. Please join us to celebrate eating disorder recovery through art! We will be painting a picture symbolic of eating disorder recovery and listening to stories relating to healing. Tickets are $40 ($25 is the cost of the evening and $15 is a donation towards EDAW)  and can be purchased by contacting Sarah at fednutritionconsulting@gmail.com

February 6th

  • Smash_ED
    Mount Royal University Main Street, from12:30-4:00pm.
    Participants can litterally smash bathroom scales to symbolize freeing themselves from obsessing over their weight. 

February 7th   

  • Fluevog Shoes Fundraiser
    Save the date of February 7th! Silver Linings is thrilled to be partnering with the Calgary Fluevog store in an intimate fundraiser in support of EDAW and our mission. This will take place on Wednesday, February 7th, the last day of EDAW from 5 to 8pm, at the Calgary Fluevog store on Stephen Ave. Fifty percent of all sales throughout the night will be donated to Silver Linings Foundation.  *Phone-in orders will also be accepted. The coffee & Baileys - plus wonderful company, including Fernie artist ANGELA MORGAN - will be our treats! Please email kristin.pletch@silverliningsfoundation.ca to CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE. "'Vogs for a Cause" - We love it!!!