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In the US, approximately 30 million suffer from eating disorders. The consequences are dire: eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, and treatment can cost more than $2,000 per day.
Since KMB was established in 2013, we have committed ourselves to raise awareness and provide support to our community and individuals all over the nation.
Each year we elect our new initiative. We determine a need in our community and focus our fundraising efforts and advocacy around the initiative. We will continue to offer Professional Development Scholarships with the expectation of supporting (3) individuals attending the ICED conference in NYC! We will continue to develop and promote The Pillow Project with the hope to donate over 150 pillows to individuals in treatment! We remain committed to the NEDA Body Project initiative and will provide Facilitator Trainings in our region – with the first one of the year in February 2019! We are looking to branch out and create new touch-points in the community by connecting with local universities and colleges.
Launched the Pillow Project and successfully donated pillows to over 100 individuals in treatment. Provided professional development scholarships of over $1,000. Donated $500 to research and development through the NEDA Feeding Hope Fund. Hosted the 2nd Western New York Body Positive Facilitator Training, and participated in ED awareness events at SUNY Geneseo, University of Rochester, and local high schools.
Co-hosted the 1st Western New York Body Positive Facilitator Training. We trained 12 professionals in the Western New York area on The Body Project. Each participant is expected to lead 2 Body Project Programs in 2017.
Piloted a web-based program for Eating Disorder online support and discussion. We collaborated with a sorority at Syracuse University to the develop and implement the program, Love Your Body U. Provided support and guidance for participants, successfully gathered data and feedback to influence future online programs.
Launched and funded Eating Disorder support groups for St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College. Collaborated with the counseling center at St. John Fisher to guide sessions and provide support.
In the early stages of our foundation, our primary concern was Eating Disorder Awareness. In the first year, we distributed over 1,000 bracelets, distributed 70 sweatshirts, and conducted 5 informational presentations in our region. To date, we have conducted over 25 presentations and programs in our region.
$5 of every donation supports the NEDA Feeding Hope Fund.