Castlewood Treatment Centers Supporting National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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Eating Disorder Treatment Centers Planning Events across the Country to Raise Awareness

Castlewood Treatment Center and its trusted affiliates are proud to support National Eating Disorders Awareness Week with a series of events planned at their facilities, on college campuses and at conferences across the country. The weeklong awareness campaign, February 23 through March 1, encourages individuals, families and communities to spread the word about the warning signs and the impacts of eating disorders.

Clients will represent and express their recovery journey through the creation of art which will serve as lasting symbols of the hope and insight gained in the treatment process.

Eating disorders affect 30 million people – or roughly 10 percent of the U.S. population – more than diabetes and autism combined; yet, many people are not aware of the often devastating mental and physical consequences of the disease. Castlewood Treatment Centers will be supporting awareness with a variety of educational events:

February 22: Alumni Kick Off
Castlewood Treatment Centers will kick off the week one day early on Saturday, Feb. 22 with alumni events at all of its locations. All alumni are invited to attend and celebrate their recovery from eating disorders.

February 23: Monarch Cove Support Group
Monarch Cove's weekly alumni support group will open up to family and friends to discuss eating disorder awareness and recovery at the Monterey facility.

February 25: Webinar- Creating a Life Worth Living
Nicole Siegfried, Clinical Director of The Highlands, will conduct a webinar entitled, Creating a Life Worth Living, for alumni, family and friends.

February 25: Stories of Recovery Presentation
Castlewood alumni and staff will be the featured speakers at the Stories of Recovery event hosted by the University of Missouri – Columbia.

February 25: Southern Smash
The Highlands will sponsor the final Southern Smash College Tour stop at Samford University. Southern Smash events are aimed at smashing the scale and other barriers to body acceptance.

February 27: Candlelight Vigil
The Highlands staff, alumni and clients will participate in a National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Candlelight Vigil at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to honor all individuals whose lives have been touched by an eating disorder.

February 27: Someday Melissa Screening
Castlewood staff will host a table at the Missouri Eating Disorders Association’s screening of Someday Melissa at Maryville University in St. Louis.

February 27- March 2: IAEDP Annual Symposium
Castlewood staff will attend and exhibit at the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals’ Symposium where they will network and learn about the latest in new treatments and research concerning eating disorders.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week was developed by the National Eating Disorders Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. This year's theme is "I Had No Idea" to raise awareness of eating disorder misconceptions and highlights available resources for treatment and support. The more people who learn about these life-threatening illnesses, the more lives can be saved.

About Castlewood
Castlewood Treatment Center helps people with eating disorders transform to healthier lives. Established in 2000 as the first residential treatment facility in Missouri, Castlewood’s licensed health care team is nationally recognized and has decades of combined experience in providing compassionate, professional and successful treatment for more than 1,000 men and women with eating disorders and related conditions. They offer individualized, supportive and comprehensive care in a home-like residential setting to help people towards recovery and a bright, healthy future. Castlewood facilities are located in St. Louis, Missouri; Monterey, California; and Birmingham, Alabama and are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and The Joint Commission. For more information, visit

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