Quarterly Newsletter - The Emily Program Foundation



Quarterly Newsletter - The Emily Program Foundation
Quarterly Newsletter
April 2015
On a mission to save
lives, change minds, and
work to eliminate eating
Together we can make a difference
Table of Contents
"Anna's Law" to be Introduced this Spring
Upcoming Events
"Anna's Law" to be
unmaskED: a Great
Share Your Recovery
Fifteen years ago Anna Westin died as a direct result of an
eating disorder.
Fifteen years ago there was very little factual information
available about eating disorders for the general public.
Fifteen years ago training on how to recognize or treat eating
disorders was extremely limited.
Fifteen years ago there was no attention to eating disorders at
the Federal policy level.
Fifteen years ago Anna’s family set out to change this.
Today, the Westin Family, the Eating Disorders Coalition and
The Emily Program Foundation are proud to announce “The
Anna Westin Education, Prevention and Training Act”. This
legislation will be introduced to the 114th Congress and it is
designed to provide accurate information to the community
and training for health care professionals. This is historic! We
believe that passing “Anna’s Law” will greatly improve the
chances for early intervention and treatment of eating
disorders, which will save lives.
Kitty Westin and other citizen activists from Minnesota will
travel to Washington D.C. on May 13 for the Eating Disorder
Coalition's Spring Lobby Day. "Anna’s Law" will be introduced
and activists from across the United States will visit with their
Representatives and Senators to talk about the bill and ask for
support. Please consider joining representatives from The
Emily Program Foundation for this important and historic
event. In the fall of 2014, the Foundation was able to support
three volunteers by offering scholarships to attend. After the
experience, they felt inspired to call themselves “agents of
change” because of the impact they had. The Emily Program
Foundation will also provide a limited number of scholarships
Quick Links
Our Website
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Contact Us
Email Us
Upcoming Events:
Recovery Night
The second Tuesday
of each month at 6:30
p.m. Hear speakers
share their stories of
hope and success on
their road to recovery
from eating disorders.
Located at 2265
Como Ave. St. Paul, MN
Click here for more
Friends and Family
Support Group
The Foundation offers
five FREE Friends and
Family Support Groups.
Open to the public,
that will help cover costs for the spring trip. For more
these evening support
groups meet in
Woodbury, St. Paul and
St. Louis Park. Click
here for more
The Emily Program
Foundation is on a
mission to save lives,
change minds, and work
to eliminate eating
We envision a world
without stigma and
misconceptions about
eating disorders and
disordered eating. We
will be the catalyst in
shaping new, informed
conversations through
advocacy, social
outreach, and
collaboration with
community partners.
Board Members:
Larry Espel, Jillian
Lampert, Mary
Mathiowetz, Dan Mehls,
Wendy Blackshaw, Matt
Walzer, Kitty Westin,
Mary Westin, Jennifer
Cramer Miller, Diane
Amer, Katie Miller, Frank
Schlick, Shelly
Harrington, and Beth
Get Involved!
Consider getting more
involved by
volunteering. Volunteers
are vital to our
operation and do many
things, including:
1. Educate the
2. Run awareness
that will help cover costs for the spring trip. For more
information about EDC Lobby Day visit www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org.
The time is NOW to make certain that everyone affected by
eating disorders, their family and friends and professionals
have all the information they need to ensure complete
unmaskED: a Great Success
The Emily Program Foundation hosted its second annual Gala,
unmaskED. The evening was dedicated to “unmasking” the
secrecy, stigma, and shame associated with eating disorders
By all accounts, the event was a
tremendous success. We had a sold
out crowd of nearly 300 people,
raised over $100,000 to support our
mission, and engaged new people in
the work of the Foundation. A special
thanks to all of our sponsors, our
Gala Planning Committee, as well as
the many volunteers who helped
make the event a success.
Watch for details regarding next
year's event! And, if you were not
able to attend the event, there are many ways you can
support the efforts of The Emily Program Foundation.
Visit us at emilyprogramfoundation.org to learn the many ways
you can give.
Click here to see more photos from the event. All photos by Render Photography.
Would You Like to Share Your Recovery
3. Advocate for
access to
4. Fundraise to
ensure our
ongoing success
If you are interested in sharing your recovery story- by writing
for our blog, speaking at recovery night, or being interviewed,
please email Keri Clifton with questions or details about how
you'd like to contribute.
Email us to get involved
Please visit our website at emilyprogramfoundation.org.
Donate to our cause at emilyprogramfoundation.org/donate.