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JAWNO helps launch an essential new non-profit organization to create awareness and education about eating disorders.

 FEBRUARY 2012--The National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED) was launched this month with Lauren Jawno taking an active role in this much needed organization.  Jawno has personal experience dealing with this disease, as she suffered from an eating disorder for nearly two decades.  She spoke candidly about her struggle in her new book, Change4Good: The Ten Essentials for Food, Fitness and the Good Life.  As a certified nutritionist specializing in weight management and sports nutrition, she is all to familiar with the vast number of people suffering from various eating disorders; which have the highest mortatliy rate of any mental disease.

NIED has been created by parents whose children suffer from eating disorders, by health care professionals and councelors.  Its mandate is to generate awareness and promote education on this serious medical condition.  Their motto is, "Everyone knows Someone".

For the past 11 years, Wendy Preskow, president of NIED, tried to get her voice heard to take action and make a difference in the lives of those struggling with eating disorders.  "The lack of understanding about this dreadful life-threatening disease affecting more and more people is extremely frustrating," said Preskow.  "We started this non-profit organization to facilitate a forum for the collective voice to focus on prevention, a better understanding of the causes, and how to respond quickly and more effectively".

Jawno has been appointed Director of Strategic Planning and Development and will also be a spokesperson in the community to educate and raise awareness about eating disorders both from her personal perspective in dealing with this but also as a health professional.  For more information please go to www.nied.ca.