Back in April, Kitty Westin and I had the pleasure of joining a panel with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on eating disorder recovery. It was done via Google Hangout, so the full discussion we had with the audience is archived.
It just so happens that the panel was scheduled on the same day as the reception for the Spring Eating Disorders Coalition Lobby Day. At first, Kitty and I were worried we wouldn’t be able to do it, but instead we had the pleasure of hanging out in person and crowding around my laptop. The visual quality isn’t the greatest, but the audio is fine. Kitty has some amazing things to share and I strongly encourage you to take the time to watch or listen!
A little about Kitty:
Kitty Westin is the founder and former President of the Anna Westin Foundation which is now known as The Emily Program Foundation. The Anna Westin Foundation was started by Anna’s family after Anna died of anorexia in 2000. Kitty is on the board of The Emily Program Foundation, the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action, and she is a former member of the Minnesota Governors Advisory Counsel on Mental Heath, the Minnesota Mental Health Legislative Network and numerous other boards and counsels.
Since Anna’s death Kitty has spoken to millions of people about eating disorders through personal appearances and the media. She has been invited to tell her story to a variety of groups in Minnesota and across the United States and the world. Kitty has been an outspoken advocate for people who struggle with eating disorders, their families and friends, and professionals who work in the field.
Kitty has received numerous awards for her advocacy efforts including the EDC Advocacy Award, the Redbook Mothers and Shakers Award, the AED Meehan/Hartley Leadership Award for Public Service and/or Advocacy, the Park Nicollet Community Service Award and the National Eating Disorders Association Inspiration Award.
Special thanks to friend and EDC alumni Geneva Murray for the invitation and for putting the event together. Let’s do it again sometime!