National Eating Disorders Awareness Week & 5K Run/Walk Planned at GWU

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Events to Include a Documentary Showing, Smash Event and 5k Run/Walk

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – In an effort to encourage the prevention of eating disorders and body image issues, Gardner-Webb University will be participating in National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week, Feb. 23 through 28. This year’s NEDA theme is “Everybody Knows Somebody.”

NEDA is a collective effort of volunteers, including health professionals, students and educators, who are committed to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the importance of early intervention and treatment

A screening of the documentary “Someday Melissa” will be featured in the Tucker Student Center Time Warner Theatre on Monday, Feb. 23. The documentary is inspired by the journal writings of the title character and has been designed to raise awareness about these insidious diseases. The screening will begin at 7 p.m.

Gardner-Webb will also host a Smash Event on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Tucker Student Center. Southern Smash was founded by McCall Dempsey, an eating disorder survivor. The organization’s mission is to educate the public about the dangers of eating disorders and to empower women to celebrate and embrace true beauty and self-love through scale-smashing events.

Maintaining a healthy approach to exercise is an important aspect of the week’s focus. The week will culminate with the “Everybody Knows Somebody” 5K Run/Walk. The 3.1-mile course tours the Town of Boiling Springs and the Gardner-Webb University campus, and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. To register in advance, visit The cost is $10 for students or GWU faculty and $20 for all others. A t-shirt will be given to the first 100 people who register. Registration on the day of the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. The male and female winners in each age bracket will be awarded a medal.

More information about the NEDA Week events is available by calling 704-406-4103.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University is home to more than 4,300 students from 37 states and 21 foreign countries. Founded in 1905, Gardner-Webb provides exceptional educational opportunities within a Christian environment.