As part of our mission we provide various free educational opportunities to community members

Parent and Caregiver Support Group 

for people caring for family members or friends who are struggling with eating disorders.  

Many aspects of eating disorders are challenging, especially to people who care for those with these disorders.  This group aims to provide you, as a caregiver, an opportunity to learn from other caregivers and from eating disorder professionals and a place where you can talk about your loved ones and the journey you are taking with them. The support group began on October 9th, 2012 and occurs on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Gilmore Center at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

 

Newsletter 

The Tiger in the Jungle

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For teachers, counselors, coaches, and other individuals working with youth, we provide a free monthly newsletter that you can subscribe to or read on-line in our archives.  Topics range from the different types of eating disorders, to its potential targets, to universal approaches that can be used in any setting to assist the students in question as well as their peers.  Please click here to go to the archives for on-line newsletters, or send email to
newsletters@
swmichiganeatingdisorders.org
to subscribe.

 

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An important part of our mission is to educate people in the Southwest Michigan community about eating disorders and their causes, signs, effects, and treatment options. For third grade classes, we provide a read-aloud of Full Mouse, Empty Mouse by a health professional who can also discuss appropriate eating habits and body image, changes in body size during puberty, healthy ways to cope with stress, and the importance of communication within the family with the students.  The story discusses how mice children incorrectly use food to cope with stress in their lives.  For more information or to arrange for a read-aloud, please see our flyer or contact us at  mouse at swmichiganeatingdisorders dot org.