YOU ARE WHOLE. YOU ARE ENOUGH.

Your worth can’t be measured by the numbers on the scale, the size of your clothes, or the reflection in the mirror. Love your body and love yourself.
Every. Single. Day.

Jessie’s Legacy provides education, resources and inspiration to prevent eating disorders and address disordered eating.

Created and operated by Family Services of the North Shore, this innovative program supports BC youth, families, educators and professionals through online resources, live events, social media, and the Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves movement.
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Joanna answers your questions...

Question: Can you recover from an Eating Disorder?

"Yes. What works? There is no one answer to this because as we always say, if there was something that worked, we’d all be doing it and everyone would recover quickly. There can be many reasons for, and many individual parts to, an eating disorder. Because of this, recovery is an intricate process, and will have as much to do with your child’s specific needs as it will with the therapeutic processes that we have had success with. " ... Read More

Question: What’s the difference between disordered eating and an eating disorder?

"The spectrum ranges from healthy eating on one end, where food isn’t given a whole lot of focus, except as something that is both pleasurable and functional to good health. Disordered eating sits in the centre of the spectrum, characterized by preoccupation with weight and shape, calorie restriction, use of weight-loss supplements, Yo-yo dieting (cycles of losing and then gaining weight), and finally, with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder at the other end of the spectrum. Health can be very compromised with engagement in disordered eating. " ... Read More

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August 15, 2019

Using Mindful Movement to Heal (Part 2)

In our culture, exercise is seen as having to be vigorous, exhausting, intense, and long-winded, in order to be effective. Let’s begin to challenge this notion since it can be harmful to our bodies and our psyches. Movement can be as easy as it sounds. Moving your body. From Tai Chi to Swimming, Bowling to … Read More

August 8, 2019

Using Mindful Movement to Heal (Part 1)

Eating disorders fundamentally disconnect us from ourselves. By keeping us trapped in worry about our physical bodies, they separate us emotionally and spiritually from our passions and the things that matter most to us. Practices of mindfulness can be used in recovery from an eating disorder as powerful tools to help reconnect with our bodies … Read More

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jessie’s story

This program is dedicated to Jessie Alexander, who inspires us to practice daily kindness – both to ourselves and to others. Known for her warm smile, easy laugh and unwavering compassion, this is her legacy of love.
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