GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Yoga, pet therapy, meditation, workshops, free screenings and more will be offered at Stockton University for students and community members this week and throughout March to increase awareness about eating disorders.
Stockton wellness experts and students organized the activities during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week to increase conversation on the topic and offer opportunities for students and others to get help and learn more about the different types of disordered eating.
In the United States, 30 million men and women suffer from an eating disorder at some time in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.
Eating disorders and disordered eating include diagnoses of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, purging disorder, eating disorder not otherwise specified and others. Eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness among adolescent females, according to researchers.
This week’s free events include disordered-eating screenings, pet therapy and interactive tabling Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Stockton’s Campus Center.
Corrine Kopp, a psychotherapist who specializes in eating disorders and a yoga instructor, will lead a Monday night yoga event at Lakeside Lodge from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Kopp will use her professional background as well as her personal experience with overcoming an eating disorder in the program.
A panel of students talking about their struggles and recoveries from eating disorders will be Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in classroom F-111.
National speaker Colleen Coffey, of Active Minds, will be featured Wednesday at the Campus Center Theater from 8 to 10 p.m. to talk about her journey with mental illness and eating disorders.
Attendees can learn about coping skills such as yoga, mindful eating, meditation, coloring and dialectical behavior therapy at a workshop Thursday from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in classrooms F-201, 202, 203, 206 and 215.
A mental health first aid certified course will be taught Friday for pre-registered participants from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lakeside Lodge. Another course will be held March 2.