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2010.02.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Eating Disorders Awareness Seminar

Omaha - One in five females struggle with an eating disorder, and an estimated 10‐15 percent of people with an eating disorder are males, according to the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness.

To better educate the campus on eating disorder issues, Maverick PR, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter will hold an eating disorder awareness event on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The event is held in conjunction with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

“It Eats Away at You” will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Room, located on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

The event begins with an open mic session at 11:30 a.m. where students can share their personal stories in dealing or knowing someone with an eating disorder.

One of the students who plans to share her story, Kaylin Ohler, 21, has struggled with anorexia for 11 years.

"My battle with anorexia has gone on for far too long. However, I continue to fight, remain strong and educate others through my own personal story,” Ohler said. “I continue to have hope, not only for myself but for others. I am confident this event will promote awareness on the dangers of eating disorders, and will give insightful information to friends and families who have loved ones who struggle.”

A panel of professionals will be on hand to offer advice and answer students’ questions.

The panel consists of Dr. Peg Evans, a psychologist at Children’s Hospital with the Eating Disorders Program; Rusty McKune, UNO athletic trainer and instructor; Crystal Zabka, a nutritionist with OMNI Behavioral Health; and Marti Rosen‐Atherton, director of counseling at UNO. Several students will also share their personal struggles with an eating disorder.

Visit http://maverickprssa.com/archives/406 for more information on the panel and a fact sheet on eating disorders.

“I hope hearing individuals’ stories will help lift the taboo and shame associated with eating disorders. This kind of dialogue can give hope and resources to women and men with eating disorders, as well as the people in their lives who care about them,” Rosen‐Atherton said.

Evans will also give a presentation at 1 p.m. on the crucial issues of body image and how it affects students' lives and can lead to eating disorders.

A healthy sack lunch will be provided to all who attend the event.

Sponsors of this event are the UNO Counseling Center, Student Health Services, Women’s Resource Center, the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women, UNO Human Resources, UNO Department of Women’s Studies, OMNI Behavioral Health, and the Children’s Hospital Eating Disorder Program.

For more information, contact Cassie Prestia: prestia.c@gmail.com or (308) 293-0863; or visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org and www.maverickprssa.com.

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