Coffee + Compassion Fundraiser

SMEDA's second annual coffee tasting fundraiser was Saturday, February 24th at WMU's Wesley Foundation. Water Street Coffee Joint, MamaleeLu Cold Brew, Ron’s Beans, Java Jones, and Coffee Rescue shared coffee and ChocolaTea provided three tea options.Special brunch items were provided by The Campus Beet. Here Come Treble aCappella provided musical entertainment. All funds raised will support better treatment and outreach for people suffering from eating disorders in southwest Michigan.

Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

SMEDA and Castlewood hosted a half-day of networking and education, Treating Co-Occurring Disorders: Clients with Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorders. Alexandra Baugh, LPC, NCC and Amaris Roye, LCSW will present on the topic of treating the eating disorder client suffering with co-occurring substance abuse disorder--and vice versa. The presentation included how to:

  • Apply and integrate a variety of counseling techniques to assist clients with exploring and processing their cooccurring substance use disorders and eating disorders

  • Incorporate interventions into client’s treatment plans aimed to increase self-awareness

  • Instill insight into the function of the client's eating disorder and substance abuse symptoms and behaviors

  • A showing and discussion of the movie, To the Bone.



Coffee + Compassion = Freedom from Eating Disorders

SMEDA presented a coffee tasting fundraiser at Riverview Launch on Saturday, February 11th. Water Street Coffee Roasters, Mamaleelu, Java Jones, Ron's Beans, and Chocolatea presented a selection of coffees and teas to go with food provided by Earth Fare, Food Dance, Organic Gypsy, People's Food Coop Sawall Health Foods, Target, and Tim Hortons. A silent auction with nine themed gift baskets gave coffee and tea lovers the chance to take home a gift for a special Valentine or for themselves.

Food Prisons: A Musical about eating disorders and body image

February 28th, at WMU Trimpe Hall, 8pm

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Students at Western Michigan University presented Food Prisons, a musical play about body image and eating disorders examining the life we lead when we're obsessed with food and how we look in today's society. The original play was written and directed by Christine Iaderosa, Coordinator, Theater for Community Health with music composed and directed by Adam Schumaker.

Annual Networking Breakfast

Attendees: Courtney Modelowski, Tory Cane, Lindsay South, Jilane Moffitt, Gail Hall, Angie Morris, Trina Weber, Gary Snapper, Sheryl L, Meg Weryha (play therapist at Bronson), Representative Jon Hoadley, Laura K Cornerstone Christian Counseling, Lynn Steinhauer, Deb Frisk, Gretchen Kauth, Sarah Vietta student at GVSU, Alison Harrop, Flori Mejeur, Shannon Brown PA from St. Joe area, KaraYoungblood therapist, and Kris Gibson

1. Per Gail Hall: On June 24, 2016 there will be an Iaedp seminar in Grand Rapids at Meijer Gardens. More details to come.

2. Per Representative Jon Hoadley: A Resolution passed in the House of Representatives that officially recognizes Feb. 21-27 in Michigan as Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

3. Well of Grace Ministries is starting a binge eating disorder support group for women. It might start next month and will meet every other week on Tuesday evenings for 1.5 hours.

SMEDA Goes to Legislative Day

On Tuesday, February 16, several SMEDA members (Lindsay South, Jillane Moffitt, Aubrey Butts, Kris Gibson, Trina Weber and Angela Morris) met with the following legislators in Lansing:

  • Representative Jon Hoadley
  • Representative Aaron Miller
  • Representative Aric Nesbitt
  • Representative Brandt Iden
  • Representative David Maturen
  • Senator Mike Nofs
  • Senator Margaret O'Brien

Representative Hoadley, District 60, sponsored a resolution in the House of Representatives to recognize National Eating Disorder Awareness Week for the purpose of raising awareness of eating disorder illnesses.  
Click HERE to see the resolution.