Saturday, January 25, 2014

PEDAW Wristbands for Residents of British Columbia

Live in British Columbia?  Want to show your support for Eating Disorders Awareness and get a FREE wristband?

Email your mailing address to:

And we'll gladly mail one out to you!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Get ready for the launch of the 2014 Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign!

Important Dates:
~The beginning of February marks the launch of the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign
~National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February 2rd – 8th)
~February 7th:  Wear Purple for PEDAW.  BC Place/Science World light up purple.

WHEN:  February 7
WHERE:  Anywhere in BC
WHAT:  Wear Purple in support of the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign February 7th. Science World & BC Place will be lit up purple in support of eating disorder awareness. Tweet @loveourbodies or share photos of you wearing purple on our Facebook page:
Sign up to participate on our event page here:

PEDAW Wristband Challenge Photos Revealed:
WHEN:  Throughout February
WHAT:  Individuals, organizations, even some well-known people in BC have been requesting wristbands to participate in our Wristband PhotoChallenge.  We plan on revealing new photos through our social media channels during the month of February.  Missed the January 20th deadline to participate in the Challenge, but still want a wristband?  If you live in BC, you can order one for free by emailing your name and address to:

WHEN:  Throughout February
WHAT:  PEDAW has guest bloggers lined up to share their perspectives and insights relating to eating disorders, body image, etc. throughout the month of February. 

PEDAW Event Calendar:
We’ve added a section of our blog that includes an eventcalendar.  Check it out here:

PEDAW poster:
Posters to be distributed to a number of libraries throughout BC with the phrase, Your weight is not your worth. 

About PEDAW:
The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaignis a BC Province wide effort to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem.  The initiative is led by Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program at Family Services of the North Shore in collaboration with Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, Looking Glass Foundation, St. Paul ’s Specialized Adult Eating Disorder Program, BC Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders Program, Healthy Minds, Healthy Campuses and Project True.  PEDAW is launched the first full week in February with activities and events taking place throughout the year. 

Keep in touch for latest news via Social Media!
TWITTER: @loveourbodies

Sunday, January 19, 2014


On Friday, February 7th, 2014, BC PLACE and SCIENCE WORLD will be lit PURPLE in honor of EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS WEEK!

Support the 
Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign: 
'love our bodies, love ourselves!' 
by wearing PURPLE on February 7th!

Share photos of you wearing purple on our Facebook page: 
or Tweet @loveourbodies

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Have an Eating Disorder Event?

Hello everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and well rested Holiday! So what are you New Year’s resolute-ers looking forward to in 2014? Maybe more human interaction, less email? Finish a chapstick? Or maybe it is to submit your events to our calendar!

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign team invites residents of BC to please submit your event, no matter how big or small, to our PEDAW events calendar found here: Our goal is to become a centralized ‘hub’ of information and events so you can all enjoy and find out what is going on in their area of the Province!

Thank-you all for your ongoing support! With your help, we can make 2014 a hallmark year in Eating Disorder prevention and awareness!

PEDAW team

Monday, January 6, 2014

Thank-you for your support!

Hi everyone!

Remember a while ago in a recent blog I asked you all to help PEDAW gain votes through the Westcoast Families Charity Ad Contest?

Well guess what?

WE WON! With 50% of the total votes! 

So this is just a friendly note to say THANK-YOU ALL for your ongoing support and helping us! Winning this will allow us to spread more much needed awareness about Eating Disorders and expand our audience throughout BC!

With greatest gratitude,
the PEDAW Team

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions

 It’s 2014!!  What a wonderful year to new beginnings, fresh starts, and renewing your commitment to recovery!  This time invites us to think about the state of our lives and how we’d prefer them to be.  This can be a time for healthy reflection and rededication to our priorities.  I think the best resolutions you can choose are those that support your best way of living and add a healthy energy to your life!  Remember, resolutions are about developing yourself and nourishing your mind, heart and body.  They are about helping you become more sturdy, healthy, enriched and competent in this world.  They are about opening your mind and heart to the beauty in people, the world, and to yourself.  Before you make your commitments, make sure you run a clarity check on every resolution.  Ask yourself: Is this resolution coming from my eating disorder or is this resolution coming from the healthy space in me that wants to thrive and prosper?  This clarity check can help you to have a truly happy New Year!  Here are some ideas:

*I will be kind to myself.  Talk to yourself as you would talk to your best friend.
*I will dress with self-confidence.  Focus on how the clothes fit your body, not on how your body fits the clothes. 
*I will keeping a journal of gratitude.  You might write, “Today, I’m thankful that I had an awesome day with mom,” or, “I’m thankful that I kept a positive attitude, even though it was a rough day.” You can elaborate as much or as little as you want -- but resolve to write every day or at least a few times a week!
*I will compliment myself at least once a day.  Consider keeping a journal of daily compliments!  How great to read that by the end of 2014!
 *I will make time to meditate each day.  Try starting with 5 minutes in the morning, and 5 minutes at night.
*I will stop comparing myself to others.  This is a good one – you have no idea what their journey is about.
*I will smile and laugh more.  You have a beautiful smile, use it!
*I will protect myself from the diet industryIgnore it – this multi-billion dollar industry is utterly toxic. 
*I will to take up a new hobby.  Why not take a look at what your local community center offers!
*I will acknowledge my successes --- big and small.  Celebrate even your small successes! 
*I will ditch the scale.  Although it has its purpose, the scale takes on a life of its own, and often takes over ours. Everyone’s weight has ups and downs. Don’t let the scale determine how you feel about yourself, what kind of day it will be, or whether you can allow yourself to do something you want to.
 *I will stop obsessing about food.  Imagine you have no issues about food, eating, body image or weight. What would it be like? Pick a day to act “as if” you have no issues about food or eating. Experience it and know what it can be life.
 *I will catch the negative body talk.  It’s pervasive, and we are often unaware of how frequently it occurs. You may choose to count how many times a day you engage in negative body talk, or simply to label it and stop it. The point is to not continue these statements that sabotage our self-esteem.
 *I will affirm myself.  With all the negative talk, thoughts and actions, the idea of affirming yourself often gets lost. Think of things that are your strengths —what do you like about yourself? If it’s too hard to look at physical characteristics, start with something you like, such as the fact that you are loyal or a hard worker. Eventually begin to add positive statements about your body as well.
 *I will recognize and respond to my needs.  Everyone has needs, and although many people with eating disorders are excellent about taking care of others they neglect themselves. Start by making a list to identify what your needs are. Be specific and realistic. Begin to get these needs met.
 *I will make mindfulness part of my life.  Mindfulness involves deliberately paying attention in a non-judgmental way. Mindfulness practices allow you to attend to what is present for you emotionally and physically in each moment. Try using mindfulness practices to decrease anxiety and to eat in a more aware, deliberate way.
 *I will write a love letter to myself once a month.  Yes, I know it sounds silly, but it’s a powerful experience! You are a gift, with wonderful things about yourself. Make the love letters one you’ve always wanted to receive. Put the letter in an envelope and mail it!

What will your resolution be for 2014?