The Ranch Sponsors ‘Meet and Greet’ for ANAD’s 2013 Annual Midwest Eating Disorders Conference

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The Ranch treatment center sponsors a pre-conference ‘Meet and Greet’ for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders’ 2013 Annual Midwest Eating Disorders Conference in Chicago.

The Thursday night ‘Meet and Greet’ is a great casual networking event for speakers, exhibitors and attendees.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, The Ranch treatment center will sponsor a pre-conference “Meet and Greet” from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders’ (ANAD) 2013 Annual Midwest Eating Disorders Conference. ANAD’s annual conference will take place on Friday, Sept. 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Chicago Naperville Marriott.

“The Thursday night ‘Meet and Greet’ is a great casual networking event for speakers, exhibitors and attendees,” said ANAD’s executive director, Laura Discipio, LCSW. This is a great opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with leading eating disorder experts from around the country. There is no fee to attend but registration is required.

Since 1976, ANAD’s focus has been to promote healthy attitudes and behaviors around food along with awareness and prevention of eating disorders. The keynote speaker is Walter Kaye, MD, Director of the University of California San Diego Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program and the country’s leading researcher into the relationship between brain and behavior in understanding eating disorders. His presentation, titled “When Good Traits Go Bad: Clues to More Effective Treatments for Eating Disorders,” will explore new strategies to diminish high-risk traits and skill sets needed to use these traits in more constructive ways.

“This year’s conference is Wellness, Not Weight: Illuminating the Path to Physical, Mental & Social Well-Being,” stated Discipio. “In addition to our Keynote, we will have a myriad of specialty workshops with topics ranging from athletes and parents who struggle with eating disorders, along with workshops on treating eating disorders using the theories of ACT, Mindfulness and DBT. In addition, since we live in a society that pressures us to be thin at all costs, ANAD has added breakout workshops for parents, teachers and coaches. These workshops will provide strategies they can take into their homes, classrooms and gyms to promote overall wellness and a positive relationship with food and their bodies for our kids.”

“The Ranch is proud to partner with ANAD for this important conference,” said Cheryl Brown, Director of Marketing and Outreach Services at The Ranch. “We share in their mission to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of eating disorders so we can improve the lives of the millions of individuals and families affected by these life-threatening mental illnesses.”

Attendees may earn six continuing education credits. To register, visit the conference website. The Ranch will have an exhibit at the conference and invites attendees to stop by and introduce themselves. To learn more about other events hosted by Elements Behavioral Health, visit the events page or contact Jeanette Lisalda at (866) 825-1104 or jlisalda(at)theelements(dot)com.

About The Ranch

Since 1999, The Ranch has provided comprehensive therapeutic programs that treat the underlying causes of eating disorders, addictions and other self-defeating behaviors. The Ranch offers innovative therapies to address the multidimensional aspects of the whole person while teaching personal accountability in a safe, nurturing, real-life environment. Located on a working horse ranch in the beautiful rolling hills of Nunnelly, Tennessee, The Ranch offers programs with a variable length of stay, which allows each client to anchor new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change. For more information about The Ranch, call (866) 381-8447 or visit

The Ranch is part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes Promises Treatment Centers, The Sexual Recovery Institute, The Recovery Place, Spirit Lodge and Right Step. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit

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