PEDAW – Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Campaign
The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is launched every year from February 1st – 7th with activities and events taking place throughout the year. It is a province-wide effort, brought to you by Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention & Awareness, a program of Family Services of the North Shore, to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem.
We hope you can take an active role to support the launch of this movement and start some meaningful and engaging discussions, as well as activities at your school, with your family or at your workplace.
PEDAW 2021 Events and Activities
Loving Our Bodies and Ourselves During a Pandemic Compilation Video
For Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2021, Jessie’s Legacy asked people in our community to submit ways in which they’ve been coping and taking care of their mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic. We received submissions in various formats, ranging from original art to poetry and videos. We have compiled all of our submissions to celebrate the resilience, creativity, and strength of our community.
Thank you to everyone who was involved and/or supported our cause during Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2021 this year! We have put together a video of all our submissions. Thank you to our community for your continued support in our cause!
Loving Our Bodies and Ourselves During a Pandemic
Body Image and Eating Attitudes Online Screener
Check out our anonymous self-screening assessments we developed with the Canadian Mental Health Association (BC Division) for Here to Help.
Each screener consists of 8 questions that give insight into your body image and eating attitudes. Click on the links below to take the test!
For Families: A Conversation about Eating Disorders
‘In the Know’ by FamilySmart provides expert speakers on topics important to families relating to mental health in youth.
Families don’t cause eating disorders but they can be one of the most effective influences in their child’s recovery.
Listen to a young person, parent, and therapist share their perspective and knowledge as they talk about the continuum of disordered eating, what to be aware of, the importance of connection, and strategies that can help support recovery.
By February 2nd, you will also be able to sign up for an online event where families will discuss with and learn from experts on the topic of eating disorders. Watch the video with us and join in for a facilitated discussion by FamilySmart!
Open Hearts, Honest Conversations: A podcast by Family Services of the North Shore
Topic: Loving Our Bodies and Ourselves during a Pandemic
Tune in to a conversation between registered clinical counsellor, Valerie Dolgin, and manager of Jessie’s Legacy program and clinical counsellor, Joanna Zelichowska, on the topic of eating disorders and body image during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can check out our podcast library here!
#ShowPurpleLove on February 1-7, 2021 and Share on Social Media:
WHEN: February 1 to February 7, 2021
WHERE: Everywhere in B.C.
1. Wear purple and/or our Love Our Bodies Love Ourselves wristband from Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, 2021
2. Snap a photo of yourself or a landmark that is lit up in the color purple. Get creative!
3. Share your photo on social media using the hashtag #ShowPurpleLove #ShowUsYourPurple
We encourage you to use our captions or share your own! Be sure to use our hashtags #ShowPurpleLove and #ShowUsYourPurple and tag @loveourbodies to help spread the message this year.
We will share your social media posts all week long! Don’t have a wristband? If you live in BC, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to order your free wristbands.
Check Out Landmarks Across BC Lighting Up Purple:
WHEN: February 1 – February 7, 2021
WHERE: Across B.C.
Community partners across BC are showing their support for PEDAW.
1. Snap a photo of a landmark lit purple in your community
2. Share your photo on social media using the hashtag #ShowPurpleLove #ShowUsYourPurple
Thank you to all our amazing community partners who are lighting up in purple this year!
Vancouver and Lower Mainland:
- Science World at TELUS World of Science
- BC Place Stadium
- Anvil Centre
- Bloedel Conservatory
- Port Moody Civic Centre
- Canada Place Sails of Light
- Harbour Centre
- Resort Municipality of Whistler
- Fitzsimmons Creek Bridge
- Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza
- Vancouver Convention Centre
- North Vancouver City Hall
- Vancouver City Hall
- ACT Arts Centre
- Kalen Capital Building and Birks & Mayors Building
- BC Parliament Buildings
- Campbell River Community Centre
- Town Circle at City of Comox
- Pomeroy Sport Center
- Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre
- Centennial Park Festival Plaza
- University of Northern British Columbia
Download our free “Your Weight is Not Your Worth Poster” below!
Help spread awareness by displaying this important message in your home, work, school, or community space!
The Vancouver Coastal Health Eating Disorders Program is organizing a virtual event on Thursday, February 4th, 2021 from 7-8pm (PST) for Eating Disorders Awareness Week!
Please register by completing this online form!
We would love for you to please join us for this virtual event. This event is open to the public.
“BANA Be Yourself Magazine!” Eating Disorders Awareness Week Edition
The Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association is pleased to share the 2nd Edition of our “BANA Be Yourself Magazine!” in honour of Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW).
This issue features an interview with NDP MPP Jill Andrew, a sponsor of Bill 61: Eating Disorders Awareness Week, an introduction to the National Initiative for Eating Disorders, and everything you need to know about EDAW.
The digital version is available at www.bana.ca/magazine!
Subsequent issues will service as a vehicle for clinicians, educators, and those across the mental health field to reach out community with a variety of wellness, awareness, and support resources.