Take part in PEDAW 2018!

Jan 25, 2018 | News

Taking place from February 1 to 7, 2018, Provincial Eating Disorder Awareness Week (PEDAW) gives us all a chance to increase awareness of the prevalence of disordered eating in our community, and to be part of the search for solutions.

PEDAW's Love our bodies, Love ourselves campaign is launched every year from February 1 to 7 with activities and events taking place throughout the year. It is a provincial 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!

Check out all of the details on the upcoming activities for you to take part in throughout the week, and month.

2018 Events: A Snapshot

  • Peer to Peer Forum
  • PEDAW 2018 at SPH: Scales are for fish!
  • Can Healthy Eating Go Too Far? A Free panel discussion
  • Wear purple in support of PEDAW: February 1

Peer to Peer Forum

A patient-centered education event about the process of treatment and recovery from a lived experience perspective. Former patients of the Provincial Adult Tertiary & Specialized Eating Disorders Program will be sharing their stories as well as engaging the audience, composed of adults currently struggling with eating disorders, in discussion.

The Forum is moderated by a former program participant, Marlena, who sees the peer-to-peer forum as inspiring and hope-filled. "There is something very motivating about sharing my lived experience with those still struggling with their eating disorder. I believe this forum touches those individuals in a unique way and it is an honour to be part of such a worthwhile event."

Attendees may gain hope, motivation and information for decision-making as well as an understanding for how the process of recovery can occur from people who experience it themselves.

Topics to be addressed by the panel are:

  • The process of each individual’s recovery journey.
  • Their experience of the different levels of treatment.
  • Their experience of transitions after treatment.
  • Their experience of involving family and friends.

“This event is important as is provides a real time opportunity for individuals struggling with an eating disorder  to hear from their peers that recovery and a better quality of life is possible for them. I think that any opportunity we can provide that creates hope for our clients is extremely valuable," says Lauren Jennings, occupational therapist, PATSED program.

The event will be broadcast via webinar for friends, family members and supporters of those struggling with an eating disorder, as well as professionals who work with them.

Date: 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Location: Cullen Family Lecture Theatre, St. Paul's Hospital or via webinar.
To register: Please visit www.EventBrite.ca and search "PATSEDP Peer to Peer Forum" or email: gcruz2@providencehealth.bc.ca // phone: 604-682-2344, local 62656.

Please feel free to print and share the poster below for those who may be interested.

PEDAW 2018 at SPH: Scales are for fish!

St. Paul's Eating Disorders program staff Lauren Jennings, occupational therapist, and Gabriela Cruz, clinical nurse leader, 


As part of the week's events, be sure to visit our Eating Disorders program staff (they'll be the ones wearing purple for PEDAW!) just outside of the SPH cafeteria on Friday, February 2. They'll be there over the noon-hour with a #purple4pedaw picture frame to pose with, information on eating disorders, purple bracelets, and more.

And remember: scales are for fish!


Can Health Eating Go Too Far? A free panel discussion

Wear Purple on February 1 and help support EDAW

It's not just girls and women. Disorderd eating and body image issues can image anyone. Show your support by wearing purple on February 1!


To find out more about the services and support provided by our Provincial Adult Tertiary & Specialized Eating Disorders Program, please visit: http://mh.providencehealthcare.org/programs/provincial-adult-tertiary-eating-disorders-program

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