Ending the war with our bodies

North Shore residents CaraLynne McLean and Helen Yeung will be part of an upcoming free panel discussion timed with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Feb. 1-7. The event, entitled Ending the War With our Bodies: How to Obtain a Positive Body Image, is being presented by the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign and host venue, the Vancouver Public Library, according to a written statement. The panel will get underway at noon on Saturday, Jan. 31.

McLean is a registered clinical counsellor who works with Vancouver Coastal Health and Family Services of the North Shore, runs a private practice in North Vancouver specializing in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders, and is a member of the North Shore Education Committee for the Prevention of Eating Disorders. Yeung, also part of the committee, is a public health dietitian with VCH and is a clinical instructor in the University of British Columbia dietetics program. Yeung helps promote healthy eating with children, youth, their families, and communities. The panel will be moderated by Victoria Maxwell and other panelists include Caitlin O'Reilly and Carmen Saucier.

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The PEDAW campaign is a 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. PEDAW is launched the first full week in February with activities and events taking place throughout the year.

Other initiatives planned for the upcoming awareness week include the PEDAW Wristband Challenge. Community members are encouraged to order a free Love our Bodies,

Love Ourselves wristband from PEDAW, take a photo with it, and post the picture on the campaign's Twitter, @loveourbodies and Facebook, facebook.com/loveourbodiesloveourselves.

Supporters can also wear purple Feb. 6 and post photos with the hashtag #Purple4PEDAW also on the campaign's social media portals.

Info: pedaw@familyservices.bc.ca or bit.ly/pedaw_vpl.

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