Prevention Programming for Students

Teaching Students About Disordered Eating, Eating Disorders and Accessing Help if They Need It

Walden Center’s Student Prevention Program is designed to increase students’ awareness of disordered eating patterns. Further, it seeks to reduce their risk for developing eating disorders and to provide them with information and resources to access help if they need it.

Programming is developed to best suit the needs of schools and is most successful when grouped together as part of a multiday program, but it can also be implemented as a stand-alone assembly or workshop.

Programs for Students

Assemblies

Walden’s prevention assemblies help student audiences:
A. better understand healthy eating and exercise patterns;
B. recognize risk and protective factors in their own lives; and
C. identify and use resources in their community.

Middle school assemblies (grades 5 to 8)
These assemblies highlight behaviors that bolster a child’s resiliency. Eating disorder pathology is generally not presented.

High School assemblies (grades 9 to 12 and PG)
These assemblies provide a greater focus on recognizing worrisome behaviors. Again, graphic descriptions of “end-stage” eating disorder sufferers are avoided. Additionally, age-appropriate early intervention strategies are discussed.

Assemblies are typically 35 minutes to 60 minutes in length.

Seminars

Walden’s seminars are designed to offer an in-depth understanding of disordered eating and problematic exercising patterns. Covered in the sessions are issues surrounding body image, common myths and risk factors. Time is allowed for Q&A, activities and personal reflection, making multiple sessions, in small groups, productive for both general and at-risk participants.

Targeted Seminars
Targeted seminars are offered for groups who would benefit from more focused discussion related to particular topics. The information provided in these sessions is tailored to the specific needs of the group.

Currently, we offer seminars for:
• Health classes,
• Athletic groups,
• Gender specific groups,
• Student leaders, and
• Identified students at high risk for development of eating disorders.

Seminars (1-3 sessions, 2.5-4 hours total length)