Kitty Westin, National Leader in Eating Disorders Advocacy, Retires from EDC Board of Directors
January 3, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 3, 2018) — On Monday, January 1, 2018, Kitty Westin, national eating disorder activist and nearly two-decade Board Member of the Eating Disorders Coalition, officially retired.
Westin first became an outspoken advocate for those with eating disorders after her 21-year-old daughter, Anna Westin, lost her life from anorexia nervosa in 2000, after five years of struggling with the illness. Since then, Westin has spoken to millions of people about eating disorders...
EDC Policy Director Katrina Velasquez Awarded 2017 Excellence in Advocacy in a Federal Issue Campaign
November 10, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 10, 2017) — On Monday, November 6th, the Professional Women in Advocacy announced the awardees of the 2017 Excellence in Advocacy awards in six categories, including Excellence in a Federal Issue Campaign. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota and The Bryce Harlow Foundation Board Member Arshi Siddiqui opened the awards ceremony, recognizing finalists in all six categories.
Amongst other well-deserving advocates who were selected as finalists for the award, Eating Disorders Coalition Policy Director Katrina Velasquez, Esq., MA was selected as the winner of the Excellence in Advocacy in a Federal Issue Campaign...
65 Bipartisan Members of Congress Urge CDC To Include Eating Disorders within National Surveillance Systems
October 30, 2017
Last week, 65 bipartisan Members of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives sent letters to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) urging the re-inclusion and inclusion of eating disorders surveillance questions within the CDC national surveillance systems. The Senate letter was led by Senators Tammy Baldwin [D-WI], Elizabeth Warren [D-MA], Shelley Moore Capito [R-WV], and Amy Klobuchar [D-MN], supported by thirteen of their Senate colleagues. The corresponding House of Representatives letter was led by Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK] and Rep. Ted Deutch [D-FL] and received an additional 46 bipartisan Representatives’ support.
Congressional Briefing: The Role of Health Professionals in Early Detection of Eating Disorders
October 18, 2017
Please join the Eating Disorders Coalition and American Dental Association on November 1st for a Congressional briefing on the importance of early identification of eating disorders by health professionals in the medical/surgical industry and the need for implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).