Patricia Durner
UNK Counseling Care and Women’s Center, 308.865.8248

Be Comfortable in Your Genes  is the theme for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Sunday, Feb. 26, through Saturday, March 4, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
The UNK Counseling and Health Care Center, along with the Randall Hall Council, has planned various events to raise the awareness of eating disorders.
From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesday,Counselors will be available in the UNK Nebraskan Student Union on Wednesday, March 1, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. During that time, UNK Health Care will be offering anonymous screenings for eating disorders and information on how to stop letting food, weight and calories control life.

Patricia Durner, UNK counselor, said, “If students are concerned about their own eating habits, or those of a friend, whether male or female, they will be able to talk to a counselor on Wednesday.”

“Many counselors emphasize that even those who do not have a diagnosable eating disorder can benefit from early intervention,” Durner said.

The screening will provide additional understanding to help students stop unhealthy eating habits before the habits evolve into full-blown eating disorders.

In addition to the screenings on March 1, Larissa Fowler, a student from Chadron State College, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Cedar Room of the Nebraskan Student Union. Fowler will tell about her journey and recovery from an eating disorder.

The Randall Hall Council will also have an informational booth set up in the union throughout the week and is sponsoring a clothing drive to benefit the Kearney S.A.F.E. Center.

Council members are collecting any clothing, regardless of size or style as long as it is clean and in good condition. Students can donate clothing at the Randall Hall front desk or at the Counseling Center, which located in the Memorial Student Affairs Building, Room 144.