National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
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It was a chance for individuals in eating disorder recovery to share their musical and artistic talents.
The Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders at the University of Rochester School of Nursing sponsored a kick off event for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
The open mic was held at Lovin' Cup Bistro and Brews. Stressing the importance of recovery centers and advocating help were the main goals for the event. The care center's director says eating disorders are the number one killer of people with psychiatric illness.
Author Brie Mathers read from her book, "Freedom to Blossom," inspiring young women to love the skin they're in. She will be going around to schools next week to promote body image.
"There's so much value in actually approaching the issue from the place of prevention because then you're able to kind of nab it before it actually reaches its full manifestation, which can be very scary," said Mathers.
The $10 suggested donation collected at the door will go entirely towards eating disorder prevention, education, outreach and research.