The Renfrew Center’s Alumni Liaison Elected President of the Eating Disorders Coalition’s Board of Directors
PHILADELPHIA (December 2012) — The Renfrew Center, the nation’s first and largest network of eating disorder treatment facilities, is pleased to announce that Johanna Kandel, Alumni Liaison, has been elected President of the Eating Disorders Coalition’s (EDC) Board of Directors.
In this role, Ms. Kandel will oversee the implementation of the EDC’s mission to advance federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority. The EDC advocates twice a year in front of Members of Congress on important eating disorder policy issues and works to increase resources for research, education, prevention, and professional trainings throughout the year.
After recovering from a ten-year battle with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, Ms. Kandel founded, and is currently the CEO of, The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Additionally, she authored Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder, which was released September 2010. Ms. Kandel is a Florida team leader for NEDA’s STAR program, founding board member of the Eating Disorders Activist Network, and board member for GirlFuture. An active participant in National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, she has received many awards for her ongoing outreach and advocacy work, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service© and Harlequin Enterprises’ More Than Words Award. She has appeared on national television programs including NBC Nightly News and The Today Show, and has been profiled in the New York Times and Glamour Magazine.
At The Renfrew Center, Ms. Kandel works with Renfrew’s Alumni Services Department to offer a variety of programs that help former patients stay connected to the support, safety, and services they received throughout treatment.
The Renfrew Center offers a comprehensive range of services that includes residential, day treatment, intensive outpatient, group therapy, individual, family and couples therapy, nutrition therapy and psychiatric consultation for women ages 14 and above. The variety of programming allows treatment to be tailored to an individual’s needs and provides for a gradual step-back into everyday life. The Renfrew Center has 12 facilities in ten states across the country.