KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Encouraging students, especially teen girls to rebel against conformity, peer pressure and the unrealistic standards of beauty. A local organization is gaining national attention for its commitment to being sure our teenagers are healthy and strong-minded.
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Laura Eickman stopped by 41 Action News Midday to talk about creating a body positive environment at home.
As our most passionate advocates, supporters and brand champions, we wanted to let you all know first that REbeL is unveiling a new look. We’re still the same organization with the same mission, but our new logo, coupled with a new website and promotional materials to be released over the coming months, is representative of who we are and where we are headed. We now have a clear brand identity that tells our story, which will be crucial as we continue to grow our organization.
The logo unveiling couldn’t come at a more exciting time for REbeL. We have been busy with speaking opportunities, school programming and media appearances, expanding our reach to a regional and national audience. We have a number of exciting events coming up that I’d like to personally invite you to attend as well.
On October 24, the American Advertising Federation of Kansas City and Ad2, the organization responsible for our new look, will put on Art of the Call, a fundraiser to benefit REbeL. Hosted at the Armour Lofts Event Space, the event will feature an interactive live art competition, a live art auction and complimentary food and drink from local vendors. Learn more about the event and purchase tickets here.
On October 26, we will be shooting updated photography and a new promotional video for the organization. We are looking for youth of all ages to participate in the shoot! If you have friends, neighbors, co-worker’s children or anyone else who you think may be interested in being a future face for REbeL, please forward them the details below. They can email REbeL, firstname.lastname@example.org, to confirm their participation.
Thank you all for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.
All the best,
Dr. Laura Eickman
To end last semester, REbeL chapters held a screening of the documentary, Finding Kind, at Prairie Star Middle School. This documentary was sponsored by the Blue Valley Educational Foundation and the Leawood Lemon, and was a wonderful reminder of the importance of kindness in our world. Photos from the screening are below.
Blue Valley High School: At BVH, REbeL members recently took White Board Photos, and have been busy developing videos and an activity for Tiger Time next month. The entire building will be watching so we want REbeL’s message to be strong and clear! We have also welcomed our first young man into REbeL and he is a committed member already! Here’s a shout out to Collin!
Blue Valley Northwest High School: AT BVNW, we also took White Board Photos recently, handed out Valentine’s Day treats as a reminder to “Love Yourself Too!” and are now preparing for Fat Talk Free Week to be held in March.
Blue Valley West High School: REbeL at BVW worked to connect with parents at the recent Parent/Teacher Conferences by having an informational display including suggestions for parents on how to have a “body positive” home and Valentine’s Day treats!
Laura Eickman, Founder of REbeL, To Speak At National Eating Disorder Association Conference on Oct. 12
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LAURA EICKMAN, FOUNDER OF REbeL, TO SPEAK AT NATIONAL EATING DISORDER ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE ON OCT. 12
Eickman to present on building self-esteem and combating disordered eating
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dr. Laura Eickman, founder of REbeL, a student-driven peer education and prevention program designed to address disordered eating and body image concerns, will present at the National Eating Disorder Association’s Annual Conference (NEDA) on Oct. 12 in Washington, D.C. Her presentation, titled “REbeL Peer Education: Theories and Examples of an Eating Disorder Prevention Program Based on Dissonance, Health at Every Size and Mindfulness” will highlight the work of the REbeL peer education program.
“Over the past five years, we have seen the tremendous impact a dissonance-based prevention program like REbeL can have on the lives of youth who are struggling with body image issues,” explains Eickman. “Presenting at NEDA’s annual conference is an important step in the continued growth of REbeL and a critical opportunity to share the successes of our program with those who can impart change.”
NEDA’s annual conference will be held Oct. 10-12, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. NEDA is the leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Officially formed in 2001 (previously known as Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention, or EDAP), the organization reaches millions each year, campaigning for prevention, access to treatment and funds for research. NEDA’s annual conference brings together professionals, researchers and educators to discuss the latest in eating disorder prevention and research. Eickman has previously presented at NEDA’s conference, in 1999 as a college student.
REbeL focuses on educating, training and empowering youth. The program first educates members on eating disorders and body image issues, emphasizing the importance of health and encouraging students to be introspective – evaluating their own thoughts and feelings about their appearance. Students are then educated on topics including the prevalence of eating and body image issues, the inefficacy of diets, the impact of negative self-talk and media literacy. After continuous training and education over the course of a year, students become the educators and initiators, creating a dissonance-based leadership style and encouraging students to develop their own solutions to problems. Since REbeL was founded in 2008, more than a dozen students who have participated in the program in high school have chosen to pursue degrees and careers aimed at the prevention of eating and body image concerns. .
REbeL is a peer education program, founded in 2008 by Laura Eickman, Psy.D., that aims to change the definition of beauty and health for individuals of all ages. REbeL was originally piloted as a student group at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan., to promote an environment that would build self-esteem and confidence among youth, while combating disordered eating and body image issues that have become increasingly prevalent among young men and women. The organization has since grown into a not-for-profit, launching additional chapters in Kansas area high schools and recently extending their reach to middle schools, recognizing that combating body image issues begins at a young age. In addition to peer education, the organization also hosts the annual Walk to REbeL, along with numerous community events including parent education workshops and classroom presentations. To learn more about REbeL, visit www.re-bel.org or contact Laura Eickman at email@example.com; (913)-660-4650.