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Eating Disorders, Body Image Awareness Week at UW Feb. 17-25


February 13, 2009 — A nationally-known eating disorders clinician is the keynote speaker for Eating Disorders and Body Image Awareness Week Feb. 17-25, at the University of Wyoming.

Caleb Mitchell, a clinician from Remuda Ranch, an in-patient facility in Arizona, will discuss "There's More to Life Than Being Really Good Looking" Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Wyoming Union East Ballroom. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Mitchell will speak about his work as a counselor at Remuda Ranch, a nationally recognized institute that works with people struggling with body image/eating disorders.

Located in Wickenburg, Ariz., Remuda Ranch has a high success rate with clients, using equine therapy as one tool to help patients in the recovery process. Mitchell also will attend two UW women's studies classes and will provide an in-service for UW and Laramie mental health professionals Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Following Mitchell's presentation, a panel will discuss local issues, also in the Wyoming Union East Ballroom. Panel members will be local psychologists Keith Evashevski and Jane Warren, nutritionist Paula Needles and Nancy McGee, a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

Other activities for Eating Disorders Awareness Week include psychological screenings, information tables in the Wyoming Union and displays.

Information on body image awareness and eating disorders will be available in the Wyoming Union breezeway Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A short film on eating disorders also will be shown near the information table. The informational table will be on display Feb. 23-25, also at the same time.

The University Counseling Center, the Life Savers Initiative, Residence Hall Association, Panhellenic Council, Wellness Center at UW and Active Minds at UW sponsor the events.

For more information, contact Brenda Tracy, University Counseling Center mental health counselor, at (307) 766-2187 or e-mail btracy1@uwyo.edu.

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Caleb Mitchell

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009

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