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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Anxiety and Eating Disorders Podcast

For World Mental Health Day, Joanna Zelichowska, Manager of Jessie's Legacy, talks about the overlap between anxiety and eating disorders. As a registered clinical counsellor, Joanna touches on her work at Jessie’s Legacy and discusses the resources available for those in need of support. Listen to this episode of #OurAnxietyStories here!

https://www.anxietycanada.com/podcast/joanna-zelichowska/

Battling the Body Blues: Parents and Youth

How do eating issues arise in the family? What do you do if you struggle with body image while raising children? Read all about battling body blues in the family in this issue of Visions, B.C.'s mental health and substance abuse magazine. Elvira, our project coordinator, and Joanna, our program manager, join forces to tackle this topic in an article on Page 17. Check it out below!

https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/sites/default/files/visions-supporting-parents-vol17.pdf

CTV Morning Show: Eating Disorders and the Pandemic

Manager of Jessie's Legacy, Joanna Zelichowska, goes on CTV Morning Live with Jason Pires and Keri Adams to talk about how the pandemic has caused a spike in eating disorders and body image issues. How does pandemic uncertainty and anxiety contribute to this problem? Watch our video clip below to see the full interview!

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2270328

Joanna answers your questions...

Question: Do you have any suggestions to deal with the guilt my eating disorder makes me feel for having tried a ‘higher calorie’ meal that I’m not used to?

"First of all, congratulations on trying new foods!  In early recovery, it’s normal to feel guilty when challenging the “eating disorder rules”.  I once had a client describe this feeling as positive guilt — a sign that they were making progress, facing their fears, and exploring uncharted territory. Try writing down those guilty feelings.  Talk to someone … Read More" ... Read More

Question: With summer approaching, I find myself comparing my body to others. I seem to really struggle when I see skimpy clothing advertisements and conversations about body image begin to surface. How can I get myself to stop this comparing habit?

"Comparing is a difficult habit to break because it’s natural to observe others when in our environment.  What is most important is tackling the automatic negative thoughts you have about yourself when you go out.  First, know that you are part of a beautiful, vast, and diverse world that is yours to appreciate.  Notice how … Read More" ... Read More

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November 4, 2021

Social Media Influencers and Diet Trends

Many of us have looked up a new recipe online or been intrigued by a vlogger’s “What I Eat in a Day” video. While it can be entertaining to scroll through social media for dessert ideas or advice on how to meal prep for a busy week, there may be harmful effects that we are … Read More

August 25, 2021

Q&A: Battling My Eating Disorder As A Male Athlete

Our self-identified male guest author shares with us how his dedication to his sports performance began a dangerous journey of restriction and comparison. The pressure  from racing and cross-country running led our author to focus heavily on his diet, training, and his competition. Our guest author brings up an important point, noting the lack of … 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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