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The Renfrew Center Foundation Partners with 2008 Miss America Kirsten Haglund and Her Mom, Iora Haglund, to Empower Parents to Fight Eating Disorders
Date:2/25/2009

Mom's L.U.V. (Loyal, United, Vocal) Program encourages parents across the country to confront the challenge of eating disorders

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week February 22-28

"I found a note from my mom on the kitchen table when I came home from school. It said, 'I know you have bulimia. We need to talk.'"

(EXCERPT FROM A TEEN ON-LINE CHAT FORUM)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Finding the right way to discuss an eating disorder with a child can be incredibly difficult. To address this issue, The Renfrew Center Foundation, the country's leading authority on eating disorders for more than twenty years, is introducing the "Mom's L.U.V." campaign. The campaign is designed to encourage parents across America to take responsibility for helping their teens battle this life-threatening disease that often goes undetected and untreated.

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"Mom's L.U.V." brings together professionals from The Renfrew Center, Kirsten Haglund and her mother, Iora, as well as mom ambassadors from around the country who are "coming out" to share their personal family stories of struggle and triumph in confronting eating disorders. Elements of the program include public education, speaking engagements, a free toolkit for parents and an on-line discussion forum at www.renfrew.org.

"At Renfrew, we deal with this challenge every day--parents who may feel too frightened and helpless to face the reality of having a child with an eating disorder, or too embarrassed because they worry they are to blame," said Adrienne Ressler, MA, LMSW, CEDS, National Training Director, The Renfrew Center Foundation. "Rather than admit there is a problem, some parent
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