Monday, April 14, 2014


You’re invited to participate in our 

Brought to you by the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign together with the Vancouver Graffiti Management Team

This unique contest invites BC amateur artists to paint or draw 2 dimensional artwork that reflects the question: “What does ‘love our bodies, love ourselves’ mean to you?”


PURPOSE: To brighten up the streets of Vancouver by showing everyone we can ‘love our bodies, love ourselves’ and promote positive body image through public art!

WHO CAN ENTER: Amateur artists of all ages across BC.

1st Place:
•Your art painted on a container mural in Vancouver by a professional lead artist
•An invitation to paint with the lead artist
•Original artwork displayed at the 2014 Eating Disorders Association of Canada (EDAC) Conference in Vancouver
•Free admission to EDAC Pre-conference, October 5th
2nd & 3rd:
•Original artwork displayed at the 2014 Eating Disorders Association of Canada (EDAC) Conference in Vancouver
•Free admission to EDAC Pre-conference, October 5th

SUBMISSIONS: Submit photos of your 2D artwork to by June 30th, 2014, 12:00am PST. Maximum 3 images per person.
Optional: A 100-200 word written description of how your art relates to the theme.

JUDGING: Determined by votes from the PEDAW committee.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Winning entries will be posted on our blog July 7th, 2014.

PAINTING PROCESS: Our professional lead artist will replicate, taking theme and design concepts, from the winner’s piece onto a container in the City of Vancouver. Painting will take place Summer 2014 along with youth from the community!


HURRY! Submit artwork to: 
by June 30, 2014!
*Mural in image painted by artist Karen Chan

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What is the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign? A video

Have questions about the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign? Then look no further! We recently created this video to help explain who we are, what we do, where we do it, and why! 

Creating this video not only allows more people to recognize who PEDAW is, but it also brings the Province of B.C.’s attention closer to eating disorder prevention and awareness, including getting involved in their own respective communities with PEDAW events and activities! 

Eating disorders are still an ongoing issue, and this video brings us one step closer to preventing the mental illness.

Check it out below!  Enjoy!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Remember to Love Yourself because "You Are Enough"

Remember to Love Yourself because "You Are Enough" 
By Amy Gill (Outreach Lead) & SFU Health Peers

As students we are constantly pushing our limits yet we still feel that we are not doing enough. The goal of the outreach organized and hosted by the SFU Health Peers at the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Burnaby campus was to raise awareness about the fact that as students, we must set our own values regarding success and happiness rather than try to achieve unattainable preconceived notions of what it means to be an efficacious student and individual. The outreach focused on the phrase “you are enough”. Many students asked what we meant by this phrase and we explained that true contentment comes from self-acceptance and appreciation. It is difficult to be happy with yourself if you constantly feel that you are not enough. That is why it is important to set your own realistic standards for success, which in most cases will lead to a greater sentiment of self-worth.

The Health Peers got students to write down something that they loved about themselves on post-it notes which were displayed for other students to see. With the post-its, the Health Peers noticed that students had to stop and reflect on what they loved and appreciated most about themselves. This process matched with writing it down seemed to have a powerful impact on the students who participated. There were some great responses from students. Some students focused on their personality traits and wrote down phrases such as, “I love my creativity” and “I love my work ethic”. Other students thought about the question on a deeper level and came up with phrases such as, “I love that I have stayed true to myself despite how people have judged me in the past” and “I love that I can overcome challenges and feel great at the end of the day”.

The students were also asked to sign a “Love Yourself” pledge. There were two pledges available and the students were more than welcome to sign whichever one they felt was most applicable to them. With the pledge, the Health Peers tried to reinforce the notion of self-love. By signing the pledge and taking it home, the students will constantly be reminded of the promise that they have made to themselves about loving and accepting their body, personality and abilities.

Towards the end of the event, the Health Peers decided to walk around the halls and hand out “Love Yourself” bracelets while telling the students “You are enough” and to “Remember to love yourself”. This was a huge success. Many of the students left with smiles on their faces. Some students told the Health Peers that they really needed to hear a positive phrase as they approach final exam time. Moving forward, in the future, the Health Peers hope to continue on with this outreach annually to help raise awareness about self-worth, self-love and accepting that we (the students) are enough.

About the Peer Health Educators:
The Peer Health Educators work within SFU Health and Counselling Services and under the supervision of SFU Health Promotion. The purpose of the Peer Health Educators is to promote well-being amongst SFU students through numerous outreaches that are held on campus. The organized outreaches focus on various dimensions of health and well-being such as sexual health, de-stressing, active living, social connectedness, nutritious eating and responsible partying.

To find out more about the peer health educators, visit: