“Most people don’t know they know someone, but everybody does know someone,” says Dr. Shonna Snyder, Associate Professor in the Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Studies (PEWSS) Department.
The Everybody Knows Somebody 5k is all about raising awareness for Eating Disorders. February 26 – March 3, 2013 is National Eating Disorder Week. During this week Gardner-Webb University have been sponsoring different awareness events with the culmination of the 1st annual 5k on Saturday March 2 at 9:00 a.m.
Snyder informs and encourages, “A 5k is 3.1 miles. You can walk it or run it. You go at your own pace.” Participants consisting of students, faculty, staff and members of the community as far as Greenville, SC will begin their journey in front of the LYCC and finish in front of the Tucker Student Center.
Registration will take place 1 hour and 30 min before the event. The cost, $10 for students and $20 for adults, with the proceeds benefiting the clientele of two of North Carolina’s eating disorder facilities.
“Gardner-Webb has a high percentage of students with eating disorders and they’re seeking help in the Counseling Center as well as here in our department… so it is important we raise awareness,” says Snyder.
There has been a week full of events happening on campus to aid in this cause such as, the Health Fair that took place on February 26 in the Tucker Student Center. Representatives from The Renfrew Center, a renowned eating disorder treatment facility, were also present to help raise awareness. A movie night also took place in the Tucker Student Center on February 28.
There are many Eating Disorders outside of the classic Anorexia and Bulimia. “…There are many eating disorders that are not classified. They are called EDNOS, Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified,” Synder informs and then proceeds to let us know Gardner-Webb is constantly taking action in regards to this issue. “Eating disorders are discussed in our Health 221 classes, Nutrition classes [and] Psychology classes.”
Raising awareness for this issue is not just a yearly thing for the Gardner-Webb community; it is an on-going awareness process, via word-of-mouth and education.
Although there will not be a tangible prize given to a winner, every participant can go home with the satisfaction of knowing they helped a special cause. Now that is definitely winning!
For help and more information on Eating Disorders: See the Counseling Center now in the Tucker Student Center.
gwu-today Reporter Madeline Coleman