STAR Program

Victory - New York State Improves Access to Care!

By: 
Kerry Dolan, Public Policy Manager

The New York State Legislature voted last week to approve a restoration of funding to the Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders (CCCEDs) back to $1.2 million in the 2016-2017 state budget. This is big news because that funding has been dramatically slashed in recent years, with some centers receiving only $40,000 per center, which essentially eliminated their ability to provide care.

NEDA took a group of amazing advocates to Albany to lobby for the restoration of these funds last month - this victory proves that our voices are having an impact!

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The Modeling Industry is Changing. It’s About Time.

By: 
Nikki DuBose

As a former model, commercial actress and host, I enjoyed my share of success within the fashion and entertainment industries. I also suffered from binge eating disorder, bulimia and anorexia nervosa for the length of my career—although the behaviors didn’t begin in the industry, they were exacerbated by things I heard, saw and experienced: things like sexual harassment, trauma, bullying, exposure to wild parties, drinking, drugs and the daily pressure to lose weight.

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Take Action in the Fight Against Eating Disorders!

By: 
Kerry Dolan, Public Policy Manager

With the national spotlight on eating disorders during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, it’s a great time to educate our elected leaders from across the country about eating disorders, and to ask for their support of important legislation that would have a positive impact on our community. That is why we are dedicating Wednesday, February 24th to a Day of Action, and we invite you to join us!

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Health Subcommittee Reviews Key Eating Disorders Prevention Legislation!

By: 
Kerry Dolan, STAR Program Manager

NEDA is excited to announce that the Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing yesterday on H.R. 4153, the Educating to Prevent Eating Disorders Act of 2015, following the bill’s introduction in the House last week by Representative Renee Ellmers.

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Putting Kids Before Profits: Massachusetts Campaign Takes Dietary Supplements to Task.

By: 
S. Bryn Austin, ScD, and Beth Mayer, LICSW

Think dietary supplements are healthy and safe, right? Think again. Sure, they are in every local health food store, pharmacy, and grocery, but because of a loophole the size of the Grand Canyon in federal law, the usual government safeguards we depend on to keep our food and drugs safe do not apply to dietary supplements.

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NEDA Applauds Governor Jay Nixon for his Support!

By: 
Kira Rakova, Communications Intern

On June 19, Gov. Nixon of Missouri signed into law SB 145, legislation which requires health benefit plans to cover the treatment and diagnosis of eating disorders within the state. 

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Are Workplace Wellness Programs Really Voluntary?

By: 
Kerry Dolan, STAR Program Manager

Free yoga classes! Lower health insurance premiums! Discounts and cash! And all you have to do is participate in your workplace wellness program! Good deal, right?

In theory, it makes sense to use incentives to encourage employees to improve their health. But in practice, many of these “voluntary” programs are discriminatory and can be especially dangerous to those affected by eating disorders.

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Major Legislative Victory in Missouri!

By: 
Kerry Dolan, STAR Program Manager

The Missouri General Assembly has passed SB 145, important legislation which, if signed by Governor Nixon, will require health benefit plans to cover the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in the state. 

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NEDA Thanks Our Government Allies!

By: 
Theresa Santoro, NEDA STAR Program Intern

February 22-28, 2015 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Nationwide, advocates are paving the way for eating disorders awareness and assistance. In the United States, over 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder at some time in their life. With these incredible numbers, it is encouraging to know that federal, state and local officials are working hard to gain eating disorders recognition.

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Victory for Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention in New York!

By: 
Kerry Dolan, STAR Program Manager

On September 23, Governor Cuomo signed S2530/A5294 into law, legislation that amends the public health law to establish the Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention Program within the New York State Department of Health. The legislation was passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly in June 2014.

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