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Embody Event at SJSU


May 6, 2015

By: Nathaly Alcalá

"If you plant healthy seeds in young peoples’ minds, they are more likely to grow healthy and also raise strong children,” says Connie Sobczak.

San Jose - San Jose State University hosted the “Embody: learning to love your unique body” workshop on April 22, with speaker Connie Sobczak who promoted healthy eating and a positive body image on campus. The event happened during “respect your body week,” a time where the university raises awareness about eating disorders. Students from all majors and ethnicities attended the event and learned how to make healthy choices to live a positive life.


Essay Contest 2015 Winners

EDRC Announces Winners of 2015 Every Body’s Beautiful Contest

Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC) is pleased to announce the student winners of its sixth annual, Every Body’s Beautiful essay contest. The contest gives local middle and high school students the opportunity to address self-love, self-acceptance, and the media’s effect on body image. This year the essay contest will do something unique. The high school videography class will make videos of the first place winning essays. The videos will be shown at the award presentation at each school, and they will also be posted online to share through social media. Through this, we are involving more young people in the topic and the creative process, as well as bringing the message into a medium more likely to be widely seen and shared by today’s youth.


Debra Schlesinger Awarded the Junior League Crystal Bowl Award


Marika Sykora (JLSJ President), Jennifer Forschler (VRL Co-Chair), Debra Schlesinger (EDRC), Lauren Ardigo (VRL Co-Chair), Laura Garcia Cannon (NBC)


2014 Every Body's Beautiful Essay Contest Winners

Front row: Denise Johnson, EDRC Board member and Kaiser Permanente Continuum Administrator and Event sponsor; Maram Othman, Grade 7, California Virtual Academies; Tina Nguyen, Grade 11, Milpitas High School; Kristen Lohse, EDRC Program Manager

Back Row: Kristen Pizzo, Grade 10, Santa Teresa High School; Kyle Uy, Grade 8, Thomas Russell Middle School Milpitas

Elaine Chien, Grade 10 Piedmont Hills High School, San Jose

Andrew Tran, Grade 8, Sierramont Middle School, San Jose


49ers Award EDRC Volunteer Debra Schlesinger

On November 22nd, the San Francisco 49ers Foundation hosted its annual 49ers Community Quarterback Award luncheon to recognize local individuals who devote their time to improving the lives of Bay Area residents.  Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC) volunteer Debra Schlesinger was selected among 5 other finalists to receive a cash award and plaque, presented by former quarterback Steve Bono.

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KBAY Honored for Being a Philanthropic Community Champion

KBAY was honored at the 2013 Philanthropy Day luncheon on November 22nd with the Outstanding "Corporate Grantmaker" Award.  EDRC was among several organizations which nominated them. Board members Amy Hsieh and Debi Bingham attended to recognize Lissa Kreisler and Sam VanZandt.  Both Lissa and Sam have been a huge support to EDRC over the years! 



Denise Johnson Joins Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC)

Kaiser Permanente Continuum Administrator "On Board" in the Community Denise Johnson Joins Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC)

Los Gatos, CA - October 31, 2013

Eating Disorders Resource Center is pleased to announce the addition of Denise Johnson, RN, BSN, MBA, to its Board of Directors.  Denise is a Registered Nurse and seasoned health care professional. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.  In her role as the Continuum Administrator at KaiserPermanente San Jose, she and her team are responsible for the care of patients as they leave the hospital and enter alternative care. Denise understands the importance of support systems to help people achieve and maintain health and hopes to continue to serve the community in this area through her work with the board.

"After meeting with the EDRC Board and staff, I felt the organization aligns with my overall personal as well as professional vision and mission", said Johnson. " My goddaughter was diagnosed with an eating
disorder two years ago.  The challenges around the diagnosis itself, acceptance, treatment, and family dynamic issues are huge.  I greatly appreciate what EDRC is doing in the community in this important area and am excited to be involved."

Denise has joined the EDRC's planning committee for the Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference put on by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Office of Women's Policy (OWP) in collaboration with EDRC.  The event is scheduled for May 3, 2014 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose.  The event will also include an announcement of the winners of EDRC's annual Every Body's Beautiful Essay contest, which Kaiser Permanente is sponsoring in 2014. The contest engages middle and high school students in writing about what they love about themselves and an opportunity to reflect on how the media affects body image.

About EDRC

Based in Los Gatos, CA, EDRC aims to raise awareness through education of health care professionals and the general public; promote recovery by providing resources for treatment; and advocate for effective insurance coverage. More information is available by contacting (408) 356-1212 or visiting thewebsite at www.edrcsv.org.


NEDA Conference

On October 10th, 301 passionate Eating Disorder advocates descended on Washington D.C. to kick off the 2013 National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Conference.  One of these advocates was EDRC Board Member Mary Griffith.  She reports: "I was thrilled to be part of one of the 60 teams that called on 210 members of Congress. We were there to educate and encourage their support for two important pieces of legislation that would affect eating disorder research, treatment, and
insurance coverage:

1) the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders (the FREED Act) in the House

2) a Mental Health Accessibility Act in the Senate. It was a great day where we were able to secure the support of some new senators and congressman including Representative Jim Langevin of Rhode Island, one of the members of Congress that our team called upon. We asked members of the House to join the National Eating Disorders Awareness Caucus, and we've almost doubled the membership since Lobby Day in September." 

The conference began the next day with the opening keynote speech by Thomas Insel, the director of The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) followed by breakout
sessions, networking opportunities, an exhibition hall, and lots of great learning opportunities."

The picture featured shows Laura Griffith, Mary's daughter, Mary, and two of their teammates with Representative Langevin from Rhode Island.
 NEDA photo 2013

Check Presentations for Winners of 2013 Every Body’s Beautiful Essay Contest

Andres Rocha, Adelante Dual Language Academy in San Jose with EDRC Program Manager, Kira Olson


Victoria Huynh, Thomas Russell Middle School in Milpitas with EDRC Program Manager, Kira Olson


Every Body's Beautiful 2013 Essay Contest Winners

janicesabinamadarciegreenchristineqin.jpgMay 2013 – Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC) names student winners for its fourth annual Every Body’s Beautiful Essay Contest.  The contest gave local middle and high school students the opportunity to answer the following questions in 500 words: What do you love about yourself?  Why should others love and accept themselves?  How does the mass media affect your body image, and how do you deal with this?    
(Photo: High school winners, Sabina Ma and Christine Qin, were awarded their checks at the AAUW's Strong Girls, Strong Women Conference.  Darcie Green and Janice Bremis are also featured.  Shannon O'Hara, second place winner, was unable to attend the event. )
62 students from 38 schools throughout Silicon Valley participated in the contest.  Volunteer judges scored the essays based on how well students answered questions, their voice and use of language, organization of paragraphs, and writing mechanics. Judges included Darcie Green, Kaiser; Mary Gottschalk, Bay Area News Group; Joe Rodriguez, Mercury News; Louise Persson, AAUW; Khalida Sarwari, Campbell Reporter; and Carmine Drohan.  First place winners were awarded a cash prize of $300; second place earned $200; and third place winners received $100.  
High school winners received their awards and were publically recognized on May 4th during the first ever Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference hosted the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy.  Middle school participants will be awarded cash prizes this month at a location still to be determined. EDRC would like to thank all participating students, teachers, school administrators, and volunteer judges for helping make the event a success.  A special thank you goes out to Kristen Lohse, volunteer Project Coordinator, who made the entire process run smoothly and efficiently.   
High School Winners:
Middle School Winners:
“What is truly beautiful is the inner light that shines from within: personality and talent. We are all uniquely special in one way, gifted with certain skills others do not have that make us exceptional, and thus beautiful.” –Christine Qin, 1st place winner, Milpitas High School 
“Beautiful is being yourself in the most unique, unusual way. Beauty doesn’t depend on what kind of clothes you wear or the color of your eyes. Beauty lies in everyone’s soul, no matter who you are.” –Victora Huynh, 1st place winner, Thomas Russell Middle School 
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