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Learn More About Renfrew’s 2024 Eating Disorders Awareness Week Campaign: In My Empowerment Era


Renfrew’s 2024 Eating Disorders Awareness Week Campaign: In My Empowerment Era

In My Empowerment Era

  The Renfrew Center Presents: In My Empowerment Era  

The Renfrew Center is proud to join other eating disorder organizations throughout the country to celebrate Eating Disorders Awareness Week, held February 26 – March 3, 2024.

Our theme this year, In My Empowerment Era, is a celebration of recovery. Recovery from an eating disorder can feel nearly impossible. The ups and downs are so powerful they leave their marks on our memories.

This campaign is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate. This Eating Disorders Awareness Week, leaf through the pages of your journey like pages in your favorite book. Know that every chapter has its purpose, every era in life is beautiful in its own right. Choose to keep going, choose to let go of what doesn’t serve you and get ready to step into your Empowerment Era.

#EmpoweredByRenfrew #EDAW

We encourage you to follow the campaign (#EmpoweredByRenfrew & #EDAW), and all things Renfrew, by ‘liking’ us on social media @RenfrewCenter.

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Live Events for Renfrew Alumni & Community Members

  • Virtual College Support Group
    Tuesday, February 27, 2024 • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (ET)
    Victoria Hecker, MA, R-DMT
    Facilitated by: Victoria Hecker, MA, R-DMT
    Team Leader, The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia – Center City

    Register Now

    College life often brings with it complex and difficult paths to navigate for students, particularly for those struggling with disordered eating. Academics, social situations and new levels of independence are exciting and yet, at times, stressful.

    The Renfrew Center is pleased to offer a virtual support group to address the many challenges college students face while trying to balance recovery with their other ongoing responsibilities. Group members have opportunities to identify, share and affirm connections to themselves and others, building authentic and sustainable relationships.

  • Virtual Recovery Workshop
    Starting Your Day With Empowerment
    Wednesday, February 28, 2024 • 10:00 am – 10:45 am (ET)
    Erin Birely. LCPC
    Facilitated by: Erin Birely, LCPC
    Alumni Services Coordinator, The Renfrew Center

    Register Now

    Start your day with group empowerment! We’ll discuss what empowerment is, why it is important in recovery and explore small things you can do every day to accept when your best isn’t where you want it to be. We hope you leave the group with a sense of bravery to keep going and the ability to empower yourself in your recovery and your life.

  • Kyle Congdon, ATR-BC & Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BCVirtual Art Therapy Group
    Envisioning Eras in Recovery
    Thursday, February 29, 2024 • 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm (ET)

    Facilitated by: Kyle Congdon, ATR-BC
    Creative Arts Therapies Supervisor, The Renfrew Center
    & Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC
    Creative Arts Therapist, The Renfrew Center

    Register Now

    This virtual art-based therapeutic workshop will give participants a chance to reflect on the various chapters in our recovery journeys. We will use art materials of our own choosing to visualize what was contained in these eras as a way to honor where we’ve been and where we are now, and to find empowerment through the changes in our lives.

    *Please bring your own paper, pencil, and any other art supplies you would like to use.

On-demand Events for Renfrew Alumni & Community Members

  • On-demand Virtual Recovery Workshop
    Speak Now: Skills to Communicate, So the Eating Disorder Doesn’t Have To

    Ashley Moser, LMFT, CEDSAvailable on-demand beginning Monday, February 26, 2024

    Facilitated by: Ashley Moser, LMFT, CEDS
    Clinical Education Specialist, The Renfrew Center

    Register Now

    Eating disorders can serve many functions including a way of communicating without saying a word. One way to step into your Empowerment Era is to speak your wants, needs and emotions into the world so that the eating disorder does not do the speaking for you.

    In line with this year’s EDAW theme, In My Empowerment Era, we will learn more about the role of communication and learn tools to speak your truth. Join us for an on-demand opportunity to begin identifying and expressing your emotions to disempower this aspect of the eating disorder.

  • On-demand Virtual Yoga Group
    Free Body Flow Yoga

    Kate Clark, RD, LDNAvailable on-demand beginning Tuesday, February 27, 2024

    Facilitated by: Kate Clark, RD, LDN
    Registered Dietitian, The Renfrew Center of Baltimore

    Register Now

    Movement should drop us into our bodies, not get us into our heads. In this on-demand yoga group, attendees will be guided through simple and relaxing movements to bring an openness to their bodies and peace to their minds. This flow will be slow in pace, and inclusive to all body types and abilities.

Instagram Events

Throughout the week, Renfrew will hold several LIVE events on our Instagram page. Be sure to follow us @RenfrewCenter for updates!

  • Dayna AltmanInstagram Takeover
    Monday, February 26, 2024

    Hosted by: Dayna Altman
    Alum, The Renfrew Center

    Join Renfrew Alum, Dayna Altman, for a full-day Instagram Takeover. Dayna is an energetic and dynamic speaker, entrepreneur, author, creator, as well as the full force and sole operator of Bake it Till You Make it LLC.

  • Christine Laker, MS, RD, LDNInstagram Live
    Q&A with a Registered Dietitian
    Tuesday, February 27, 2024 • 12:00 pm (ET)

    Facilitated by: Christine Laker, MS, RD, LDN
    Regional Nutrition Manager at The Renfrew Center

    Join us on Instagram Live for an insightful session on meal support. Christine will share valuable tips, strategies and answer any questions you may have.

  • Ashley Vicari, NCC, LPCInstagram Live
    Empower Your Recovery Journey
    Wednesday, February 28, 2024 • 12:00 pm (ET)

    Facilitated by: Ashley Vicari, NCC, LPC
    Professional Relations Regional Manager, The Renfrew Center

    Tune in to hear Ashley highlight this year’s campaign theme and remind you that every era in life is beautiful and every chapter has its own purpose. A mindfulness activity will be shared with the community as well.

  • Erin and EmmaInstagram Live
    Author Spotlight: An Empowering Conversation with Emma Noyes
    Thursday, February 29, 2024 • 12:30 pm (ET)

    Facilitated by: Erin Birely, LCPC
    Alumni Services Coordinator, The Renfrew Center

    Guest: Emma Noyes
    Author of Guy’s Girl

    Guy's GirlAbout the book:
    Ginny Murphy is a total guy’s girl. She’s always found friendships with boys easier to form and keep drama-free – as long as they don’t fall for her, and she doesn’t fall for them. She and her best guy friends have always stuck to that. But then she meets Adrian Silvas, the only one who’s ever made her crave more, and Ginny begins to question her own rules.

    Piece by piece, Ginny and Adrian begin to fall into something intoxicating, something dangerous. Ginny threatens to destroy Adrian’s belief he’s held ever since witnessing his own mother’s heartbreak: that love isn’t worth the risk. For Ginny, the stakes could be even higher. Letting Adrian get close could mean exposing a secret she’s long protected: her disordered eating. Ginny isn’t looking to be saved by someone else. But maybe she and Adrian can help each other – if they don’t destroy each other first.

    Heartfelt and evocative, GUY’S GIRL is a powerful story about true love, self-love, and growing up. 

  • Instagram Live
    In My Empowerment Era: An Alum Shares Her Recovery Story
    Friday, March 1, 2024 • 12:30 pm (ET)
    Erin and Gabriela
    Facilitated by: Erin Birely, LCPC
    Alumni Services Coordinator, The Renfrew Center

    Guest: Gabriela Ponce
    Alum, The Renfrew Center

    Renfrew Alumna, Gabriela, shares her empowering recovery story with us during this live conversation.

    About Gabriela:
    Gabriela Ponce (She/Her) was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, in a dysfunctional family. In her late teens, she dealt with an eating disorder and self-harm, and these experiences have shaped the work she does today. In 1999, she moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she graduated with a major in photography. Gabriela has spent most of her adult life focused on healing from trauma and finding wellness, peace, and stability through movement. She became a certified life coach in 2022. An avid runner, she has completed over a dozen half marathons and ran the NYC marathon in 2010. She later took up boxing and had her first amateur-sanctioned bout in 2017, and this summer, she completed her first hundred-mile bike ride. Gabriela lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, NY, and is writing a memoir about her journey. You can read more of her work at

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Resources for EDAW 2024

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