Saturday, April 19, 2014

#NEDAwareness 2014 — Eating Disorders Programs for Schools!

This time of year is Eating Disorders Awareness and Love Your Body month!  More than 100 nonprofits come together to raise awareness about eating disorders and healthy body image.  The last week of February is NEDA’s National Eating Disorder Awareness week (#NEDAwareness) and many schools and universities seek content that is safe and effective for […]

First Lady, Michelle Obama, Please Don’t Endorse Bullying By Appearing on Biggest Loser!

Please join 100 organizations and professionals in sending The First Lady this important message about body image, weight stigma and bullying.  Sign the petition here: http://tinyurl.com/mpu3x3h Add YOUR VOICE to the MashUp by clicking on the below video: Research shows that: Bullying of individuals in larger bodies (both children and adults) is the #1 cause for […]

Easing Physical or Emotional Pain…Mindfully

In our society, we have almost become “programmed” to view pain as a bad thing.  Actually, physical pain serves a very helpful purpose as a messenger.  If we didn’t feel it, just think of the damage that could be done from, say, a hot stove or a broken bone!  As well, we also tend to […]

What Is Mental Fitness?

Mental Fitness is a prevention concept. Mental Fitness is as important — if not more important — than physical fitness. Mental Fitness means gathering together existing evidence-based programs so that teachers around the world have access! Mental Fitness means promoting the 7 shared protective categories that exist between eating disorders, weight-related concerns, addictions and mental […]

Childhood obesity initiatives, we must do better!

September 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Body Image, Featured, HAES, Prevention, Weight Stigma

I have a very specific memory of a class project that my second grade class did for math in 1990. We were supposed to weight ourselves to get a number that then we would use in an equation. I was 8 years old and had spent quite a bit of time at the doctor being […]

Wedding Day Yoga Leads to Bliss

This week I celebrated my wedding on the beach.  My husband and I were married privately 6 months prior, and had decided we wanted to create a special beach wedding celebration with close friends and family.  The thought was that it would be “easy” carefree and “simple” to host a gathering for 70 close friends. […]

Promoting a Healthy Body Image in Your Home

As a child, I grew up in a very traditional, Italian home where dinner each night was by far the best part of my day. It was a time when my family of five would gather around the table, talking, laughing and sharing delicious fare together. Food was always a part of our lives and […]

A Disease of Self Hatred

  On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced that its House of Delegates (against the recommendation of AMA’s own expert committee tasked with studying the issue) “voted to recognize obesity as a disease state with multiple aspects requiring a range of interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.”  Several excellent responses […]

Is yoga like stand-up comedy?

“You’re a yoga teacher? Cool…show me something really impressive!” This is a typical response when I share that I teach yoga (and teach the teachers!).  I think that it must be what stand-up comedians feel when they divulge what they do, and hear the inevitable “Say something funny!” Oh, the pressure! When I get that […]

The Blessing of Affirmations

When you look in the mirror, what’s the first thing you say to yourself? If you are like most women, it’s not something kind or complimentary. Most of us are WAY too hard on ourselves, and the media doesn’t help with that. Think about it…can you recall ONE company that promotes happiness with what IS […]

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