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ASDAH Conference to Feature All-Star Lineup

ASDAH is hosting a HAES conference in San Francisco from Friday August 12 to Sunday August 14, 2011. Here's the press release. Looks like it's going to be a great conference!

No Body Left Behind - The HAESSM Model: Ensuring an Inclusive Approach to Health and Wellness”
The Association for Size Diversity and Health will host its Fifth International Educational conference in August in San Francisco.  Entitled “No Body Left Behind - The HAESSM Model: Ensuring an Inclusive Approach to Health and Wellness,” the conference boasts an impressive list of speakers from a wide variety of disciplines.  Keynoting will be Linda Bacon, UC Davis and Lucy Aphramor, RD, Coventry University, UK discussing their recently published article in the Nutrition Journal which concluded that prescribing weight loss is ineffectual and unethical.
Additional speakers include Professor Amy Farrell, who recently appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss her book:  Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture, a study of the historical roots of fat denigration in the United States; Stephanie Brooks, RD, Fall Ferguson, JD, MA, Judith Matz, LCSW, Laura McKibbin, LICSW and Lenny Husen, MD—who will speak about the importance of promoting wellness as opposed to healthism.
Newly added participants also include international experts Amy Herskowitz, MSc, a senior program consultant for the Ontario provincial government in the Ministry of Health’s mental health program area; and Lydia Jade Turner, BA, PG Dip, Managing Director of BodyMatters Australasia, an Eating Disorder clinic pioneering the Health At Every Size® approach to treatment in Sydney Australia, will discuss how ED and HAESSM approaches can work collaboratively to promote self-care and client wellness.
A special highlight of the conference will be a showing of  the latest director’s cut of Darryl Roberts’ highly anticipated new film, America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments—A look at our unhealthy obsession with dieting and other weighty matters. Open to the public, the film will be shown Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m. followed by a Q&A with the director and several participants in the film.  A virtual press conference with Darryl Roberts will be held Tuesday, August 2 at 5:00 PM EST.  Those interested in participating should email ASDAH at .
The conference is paying more than lip service to the concept of inclusion in health and wellness.  Attendees are invited to participate, both in the fitness demonstrations led by licensed fitness instructor, Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick) and in live demonstrations depicting challenging health care situations and breakout groups on Sunday where attendees will work together to strategize practical solutions to ensure inclusiveness in modern health care.
“It’s one thing to talk about how a healthcare provider and patient should relate to one another in a clinical situation, and a very different thing to actually do it,” said conference co-chair, Dana Schuster.  “This conference will allow attendees to practice their skills, as well as draw on their experience, knowledge, and ideas to provide an opportunity for everyone present to work together to find common, real-world solutions.”
Tickets to the movie as well as a complete and final conference schedule can be found at the ASDAH website


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