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February 26 - March 4 is Eating Disorders Awareness Week

It’s time to talk about it! According to the National Eating Disorder Association, eating disorders such as bulimia, binge eating disorder, and anorexia are serious illnesses that involve extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding food, exercise, and body image. Contrary to common stereotypes, eating disorders affect all kinds of people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, sexuality, or background. In fact, 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

But despite the staggering number of people affected and the reality that they have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, eating disorders often live in the shadows and most people don’t get the help they deserve.

The most important thing anyone can do for a person with an eating disorder is to encourage treatment.

The following may be signs of eating disorders:

  • Preoccupation with body or weight
  • Obsession with calories, food, or nutrition
  • Constant dieting, even when thin
  • Rapid, unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  • Taking laxatives, diet pills or compulsive exercising
  • Making excuses to get out of eating
  • Avoiding social situations that involve food
  • Going to the bathroom right after meals to purge
  • Eating alone, at night, or in secret
  • Hoarding high-calorie food

If you have concerns that you or a family member may be suffering with an eating disorder, encourage them to take or share NEDA’S online screening tool: https://nationaleatingdisorders.org/screening.

For information and resources visit: www.nationaleatingdisorders.org Contact Helpline: 800-931-2237 OR visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/helplinechat

For information about the Suffolk County’s in-service programs on eating disorders for school personnel, call 853-3162.


10 Steps to Positive Body Image

Introduce yourself to healthier ways of looking at yourself and your body. The more you practice these new thought patterns, the better you will feel about who you are and the body you naturally have.

  1. Appreciate all that your body can do. Celebrate running, dancing, breathing, laughing, dreaming, etc.
  2. Keep a top-ten list of things you like about yourself that are not related to looks. Read your list often. Add to it.
  3. Remind yourself that beauty is a state of mind, not a state of your body. When you feel good about who you are, you carry yourself with a sense of confidence, self-acceptance, and openness that makes you beautiful.
  4. Look at yourself as a whole person and don’t focus on body parts.
  5. Surround yourself with people who are supportive.
  6. Shut down those voices in your head that tell you your body is not “right” or that you are a “bad” person. Overpower negative thoughts with positive ones. Build yourself up with a few quick affirmations that work.
  7. Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you feel good. Work with your body, not against it.
  8. Become a critical viewer of social and media messages. Pay attention to images, slogans, or attitudes that make you feel bad about yourself or your body. Protest these messages: write a letter to the advertiser or talk back to the image or message
  9. Do something nice for yourself--something that lets your body know you appreciate it. Take a bubble bath, make time for a nap, or find a peaceful place outside to relax.
  10. Use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food, calories, and your weight to do something to help others. Reaching out to others can help you feel better about yourself and can make a positive change in our world.

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WHIMSICAL WINTER

Long Island winters can be icy, snowy, freezing cold or … almost warm. While most would vote for the “almost warm” option, it is too early to guess what the winter of 2017-2018 holds in store. When enjoying the gladness of the season, it is prudent to be prepared.

Staying Safe and Warm

Every year we here about lives tragically lost due to fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. Below are some sobering statistics:

    More than 25,000 residential fires and more than 300 deaths are caused each year by space heaters.
  • More than 6,000 Americans receive hospital emergency room care annually for burn injuries associated with room heaters.
  • More than 400 people die each year from unintentional, non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning. While trying to stay warm, be safe. Protect yourself and your family from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning this winter.
  • Make sure your furnace has been inspected and serviced within the last 12 months.
  • If you use a portable space heaters plug them directly into an outlet and keep them three feet away from anything that can burn.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • If the power goes out and you plan to use a portable generator, read the directions carefully. Portable power generators produce an odorless, colorless and poisonous gas called carbon monoxide. When the power goes off, keep those portable generators outdoors, at least 20 feet from your home.
  • Learn more by watching this video from the National Fire Protection Association. Video

Ice and Snow

Care should be taken when doing strenuous exercise – snow removal, chopping ice, trying to get a car out of a snow drift. Listen to your body and take a break. Of course, if you have chest pains or other symptoms that may indicate heart problems, call 911 for immediate assistance.

Influenza

If you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late to get your flu shot. Immunization is available at your provider’s office, the corner drugstore and other locations on the island. Be smart, don’t take the chance, get vaccinated and avoid getting sick. If you do experience flu-like symptoms, visit your health care provider promptly. Antiviral medications may be appropriate for you and can reduce flu symptoms and duration of illness.

Emergency Preparedness

Persons living in Suffolk County with serious medical issues, who would be unable to be evacuated in an emergency should be registered on the Joint Emergency Evacuation Program (JEEP) and Special Needs registry. An abundance of information on this service is available at: SuffolkJointEmergencyEvacuationProgram

https://oemapps.suffolkcountyny.gov/spns/