New empowerment program offered for teen girls

Feb 24, 2016 10:35 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

This is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, designed to bring awareness of and attention to the problems associated with eating disorders.

Those who have them have the highest mortality rate for any mental illness.

Traci Haynes of Chico is a Registered Dietician and Nutrition Therapist. She says that it's important for people to realize that eating disorders don't discriminate and that these disorders are not by choice. It's not a matter of "Why don't you just eat more". Haynes says there are a multitude of factors that come into play, including genetic influences, biological influences and societal triggers.

That's why she's promoting a new awareness program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls called "R.I.S.E. Strong." R.I.S.E. is an acronym for Respect. Image. Self-Love, Education and Empowerment. Haynes says she developed it after years of working with girls who are struggling as they grow up in a society filled with confusing messages, shaming, judgement and body image pressures.

Through nutrition and exercise, Haynes says the program will provide workshop and training for mentorship groups in chico ... so girls can be inspired to respect and honor their body's need for energy, movement and strength. They will be encouraged to choose positive "self-talk" as a motivating way to practice self-love and self care.

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