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Silicon Valley Students Share the Meaning of Beauty

A record number of students from middle and high school throughout Silicon Valley submitted essays on what beauty means to them and how the mass media affects their body image for EDRC's annual essay contest. A distinguished panel of local media, librarians, teachers, and EDRC donors will be carefully reviewing the 143 essays - more than double the number from last year - in the coming weeks. Winners will be announced on May 3rd at the Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. This event is free and open to teens and their moms. We would like to thank our sponsors, Kaiser Permanente, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sutter Health, and Santa Clara County Library District, and our awesome committee members, Kirsten Lohse, Tushita Gupta, Anna Jeon, Soo Kim, and Kira Olson, for making this year's essay contest a success.

KBAY Honored for Their Community Support

94.5 KBAY receives Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker Award at the annual Philanthropy Day awards luncheon. EDRC was honored to join several local nonprofits to nominate KBAY, its dedicated team and beloved Lissa Kreisler and Sam Van Zandt for their philanthropic contributions. Lissa and Sam donate hundreds of hours as well as encourage their loyal listener base to become involved with nonprofits and better our community. Congrats and thank you KBAY, Sam, and Lissa! Photo from left: KBAY's Lissa Kreisler and Sam Van Zandt, EDRC Board Members Amy Hsieh and Debi Bingham.

Eating Disorders and Diabetes

Diagnosis of eating disorders in patients with diabetes is a complex task. Recently, EDRC co-hosted an education session for professionals that focused on this topic. One of seventy five attendees shared, “I am grateful to the partnership of EDRC, Center for Hope of the Sierras, and APTED for their comprehensive presentation about diabulimia to a wide audience of therapists, nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators and physicians. Diabulimia is a dangerous combination of type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder, and EDRC is in the forefront of bringing the hidden population of those struggling with it to light and bringing a much needed awareness of it to the community. EDRC is in the forefront of bringing much needed awareness about this dual diagnosis to health care professionals and the community." --Elizabeth Basile, LMFT

An article on this important topic also appeared in the January/February edition of Santa Clara County Medical Society's The Bulletin. See page 26 for the piece entitled, The Dual Diagnosis of an Eating Disorder and Type I Diabetes, by Ovidio Bermudez, MD and Jennifer Sommer, MS, RD.

The Self-Love Diet

For National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) week, EDRC, San Jose State University, and Center for Discovery hosted author, therapist, and motivational speaker Michelle Minero, LMFT. Eighty students and community members gathered at Martin Luther King Library to hear her presentation on The Self-Love Diet, The Only Diet That Works. Feedback students gave from the question ‘what new or surprising thing I learned today?’ include, “A self-love diet is not focused on weight but on loving yourself: We are the culture. We can change the culture one person at a time: my body is an instrument, not an ornament.

Volunteer Spotlight

Sonal Mecwan, a senior at Pioneer High School, has been volunteering for EDRC since her sophomore year. Pioneer High School, like many schools, requires students to volunteer community service hours. We are very fortunate that Sonal elected to do her hours for EDRC. Since 2012, Sonal has volunteered weekly, taking on various projects including creating flyers, helping with website and databases, and sharing her artistic talents. Sonal expresses, "Every day I am proud to be part of an organization that is having such an impact to help those who are suffering from eating disorders."

Silicon Valley Gives Day

If you are considering a charitable donation to EDRC, we have great news! Any donations made ONLINE on May 6 2014, for Silicon Valley Gives will be matched. All donations help EDRC continue our programs to raise awareness about eating disorders in our community. EDRC is a 501(c)(3) public charity and your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law. 

In the News

Is Your Teen Stressed Out?

A Stanford treatment study is available for teen girls ages 14-18 who are attending high school and are experiencing anxiety and stress in their daily lives. To learn more about this program, contact Megan Kelly at 415-385-4346 or

Upcoming Events

Common Feeding Challenges in Young Children with Special Needs
This intermediate/advanced training is an extension/expansion of last year's workshop and will examine common feeding challenges in young children. Register online
9am - 12pm, Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - San Jose

Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference
Information and Tickets
8am - 1:30pm, Mexican Heritage Plaza - San Jose

Mental Health Matters Day
Keynote address by Darrel Steinberg, author of the Mental Health Services Act
10:30am, South Lawn, Capitol Building - Sacramento

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