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Santa Clara County Library Partners with National Eating Disorders Center for Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Displays, Take Away Information, Essay Contest  Included in Education Efforts
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. –According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), up to 24 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds suffer from some type of an eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.  In an effort to educate the public, the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is collaborating with the National Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC) to support the 2013 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.  From February 24 through March 2, 2013, each of the District’s seven county library locations will feature displays, take away information, and books on the topic.
 
“It is possible that each of us knows someone with an eating disorder,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Delegate for the County Library District Joint Powers Authority. ”Our libraries can provide information that may shed some light and provide help for those who are directly impacted.”
 
This year’s weeklong theme is "Everybody Knows Somebody,” reflecting the fact that eating disorders, once thought to affect only young girls and women, do not discriminate.  Young people continue to be the primary population affected, with as many as 30 percent of girls and 16 percent of boys in American high schools suffering from  eating disorders such as bingeing, vomiting, fasting, laxatives and diet pill use, and compulsive exercise. 
 
The Santa Clara County Library District has scheduled two topic-related community lectures on Eating Disorders:
 
·         On February 27, 7 p.m., at the Cupertino Library, Pam Carlton, M.D., will present a program for adults titled “When is a diet more than just a diet – learn how to spot symptoms of an eating disorder.”
·          An information session for teens will be held at the Milpitas Library on Thursday, February 28, at 4pm.
 
 “The public library is a trusted source for information,” said County Librarian, Nancy Howe. “Now, thanks to this collaboration with the Eating Disorders Center, we will have the opportunity to share current and relevant health information so we are more confident on how to respond.” 
 
“Eating disorders are serious, complex, life-threatening illnesses. They are not choices,” added EDRC Board Chair Kathleen Davidson Juvet. “Our goal is to reduce the stigma and misunderstandings around them and improve access to treatment and resources.”   
 
“Every Body’s Beautiful” Essay Contest
 
The Eating Disorders Resource Center is also launching its fourth annual “Every Body’s Beautiful” essay contest for middle and high school students in Silicon Valley.  The contest seeks to promote healthy body image and media literacy among students throughout the area.  Girls and boys in 6th – 12th grades are invited to write an essay about how the advertisements, images, and articles in the general media affect their self-esteem and body image.  
 
Last year, 183 students from 25 schools participated in the essay contest. Middle school and high school student essays will be reviewed separately and the top three essays from both age categories will win six cash prizes of up to $300.  Local media representatives will judge the essays. 
The deadline for essays is Friday March 22, 2013.
 
EDRC and SCCLD’s activities are part of an annual national educational campaign, sponsored by NEDA, the National Eating Disorders Association.
 
  
About Santa Clara County Library
 
Known as one of America’s best 100 public libraries, the Santa Clara County Library District promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes 1.8 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources that users can access from home or work.
 
For eleven years, the Library has ranked as one of the best in the nation for its size by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings, which uses 15 different benchmark measures such as collections, circulation, visits and customer service.  Also recognized as one of America’s 2011 Star Libraries by Library Journal and with more than 3.8 million visits each year, the Santa Clara County Library District is one of the most-used public resources in the region. 
 
The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2012, Santa Clara County Library District had 205,506 library cardholders, recorded 3,186,684 visitors, and a circulation of 9,833.350 items.  Visit Santa Clara County Library District online at www.sccl.org
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Derek Wolfgram, Deputy County Librarian - Santa Clara County Library, (408) 293-2326, Ext. 3002; Patricia Lorenzo, Library Services Manager - Santa Clara County Library (408) 293-2326, Ext. 3010
Posted:  February 20, 2013