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The Joy Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit, grassroots organization based
philosophy of using real-world, workable solutions to end the epidemic
of eating disorders. We work towards reducing the rate and severity of
eating disorders by supporting and conducting research, education, and
Join the Joy Project in
challenging social pressures and living in the
Walk, don’t run, in our
unique 5k event. We invite you to listen to your body, stop and smell the roses, and chat with friends as you walk or skip, rather than compete for the fastest time.
Eating disorders thrive in a culture that prizes appearance,
productivity, and material wealth over health and wellbeing. Join the
Joy Project in a celebration of individuality and empowerment, as we
throw aside external pressures and strut our stuff in whatever way we
While we won’t be
timing you, we will be giving
PRIZES to the
highest fund raisers and best costumes! Dress as your own challenge to
the breakneck pace and unrealistic standards set by the media and
societal pressure- for example, you could dress as a broken scale or
someone who came in 25th place (One of our staffers plans to run the
entire distance backwards!). Or, come as you are- costumes are entirely
Time and Location
Saturday, October 8th, 2011 @ 10:00 AM local time
Como Lake Park, 1360 N Lexington Parkway St. Paul, MN 55103
Eating disorders thrive in a culture that prizes appearance, productivity, and material wealth over health and wellbeing.
Join the Joy Project in a celebration of individuality and empowerment, as we throw aside external pressures and strut our stuff in whatever way we prefer! Walk, donít run, in our unique 5k event. We invite you to listen to your body, stop and smell the roses, chat with friends, and enjoy the moment as you walk or skip, rather than compete for the fastest time.
$5 for Basic Registration
Donate or raise $25 or more to get a T-shirt
Donate or raise $50 or more to get a T-shirt and water bottle
Change Your Pace 5k registration
prefer to mail in your registration, print out the
Registration Form, fill it out, and mail it in.
You may also register at the event for $25.
Awards and Prizes!
Dress as your own challenge to the breakneck pace and unrealistic
standards set by the media and societal pressure (for example, you
could dress as a broken scale or someone who came in 25th place). Or
come as you are, costumes are entirely optional.
YOU can help us
broaden and deepen the impact of the Joy Project by
joining our walk and actively raising money on our behalf.
You can easily set up
your own personalized Change Your Pace
page after registering online. With this page, send a personalized
email to your family, friends, and co-workers to invite them to support
you, and set and keep track of your goals! You can also set up team
Can't Make it to the Event?
We are making it possible to participate in the Change Your Pace 5k Walk/Run event on October 8th, 2011 from a remote location. You are welcome to register online. You will still be eligible for PRIZES! Fundraising prizes work the same way, regardless of location. To enter the costume contest, just send us a picture of you walking with your costume prior to October 6th, 2011. If you have any questions feel free to email email@example.com.
of our most important
missions at the Joy Project is to assist those who suffer from eating
disorders in getting their voices heard. As some of you may know, the
American Psychiatric Association (APA) is currently in the process of
reconsidering the diagnostic criteria for eating disorders, which will
be published in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental
Disorders- V in 2012. We believe that a crucial part of this process is
consideration of the negative impact that the current criteria may have
from the perspective of the patients themselves.
fun and inspiring day! Great
weather, an enthusiastic crowd, and lots of inspiration all around!
more photos from the event
View even more
pictures on our Facebook page!
We had asked people to share with us their concerns and suggestions
regarding the DSM criteria, and how changes to the criteria might
affect them. The response was amazing! We collected nearly 4,000
signatures on our online petition, and hundreds more signatures on
paper and via other websites. We received numerous letters about
personal experiences of how the current diagnostic criteria affected
people in terms of insurance coverage, treatment-seeking, and playing
We delivered stacks of comments, signatures, study info, and personal
appeals to members of the DSM Eating Disorder Criteria Revision
Committee. Thanks to all who participated! We'll be monitoring the
progress of the DSM committees, and hope to see some positive changes!
New Resource for
Finding the RIGHT Treatment Program
We are happy to announce the official launch of our online Treatment
Directory! This directory includes treatment centers throughout the
United States that specialize in eating disorders. Of course you'll
find contact information for each center, but we didn't stop there!
We've given treatment centers the opportunity to be specific about
their program structure, rules & guidelines, requirements for
participation, areas of specialty, and more. Find it here: Online ED Treatment Directory
10, 2009, The Joy Project hosted
a very special event! Our
moderated panel discussion brought together eating disorder Survivors,
Researchers, and Treatment Providers, for a mutual exchange of ideas,
observations, and experiences.
Among the panelists were authors Jocelyn
Golden and Shannon
Eating Disorder Association
Turner, FREED Foundation
EDC Policy Director Kathleen MacDonald, and members of our own support
This collaborative dialogue brought together stakeholders on all sides
of the process to speak freely about the state of eating disorders
treatment, and forged new partnerships to strengthen the fight against
The video from the discussion can be viewed on YouTube: Panel
(We're working on adding tags to the content to help identify topics of
discussion for each section)
Alone- Volume 2 is a collection
of stories of recovery and
hope, compiled by Andrea Roe
Cutts. Included in this book is
the Founder of The Joy
Project's own personal story of recovery. This book is available
through Amazon.com, and all profits from sales will be donated to The
Joy Project and MentorCONNECT.
is an organization, founded by Shannon Cutts, that matches people in
recovery with a recovered 'mentor'.
This is an amazing book, and every purchase helps to support the
development of resources for people in recovery.
out the Grounding
for in-depth description of
strategies that can be used to fight "automatic" symptom use, and to
help you re-claim your focus once you've already been triggered
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Mental Health Services, Office of Consumer Affairs, in conjunction with
the National Institutes of Health, has invited The Joy Project to
participate in its "Food For Thought" series. The purpose of the series
is to provide information on issues faced by consumers of various
mental health services, in order to provoke discussion, increase
understanding, and outline paths for future change. The Joy Project
will be representing consumers of Eating Disorders treatment services
this December at a presentation at the SAMHSA offices in Rockville, MD.
author, advice columnist and self-esteem expert Jessica
has honored The Joy Project
and Andrea Roe
(Author of You are Not Alone) as Actionists
of the Month
This honor is given to individuals and organizations who have led by
example and inspired others to take action to make the world a better
are very excited to
announce the results of our elections for our Board of Directors for
2008! Previous board members- Joy
Nollenberg, Serena Iacono,
Justin Novak, and MJ Gilbert-
will now be joined by a few
has a wide
variety of personal and
professional experience in the field of eating disorders. She
is a fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of
Iowa, and her special area of
interest is eating disorders in minority populations.
is a district judge on the Minnesota
Court of Appeals. Along with her tremendous professional
achievements, she is also active in various community organizations and
has been involved with various activities and non-profit organizations,
including public school mentoring projects, tutoring reading and
language arts to children and adults, senior community outreach
programs, and coaching self-improvement skills to clients served by a
battered women's shelter.
Nollenberg was the recipient of WCCO Radio's "Good Neighbor Award" on
November 2, 2007. The Good Neighbor Award is awarded to individuals who
have dedicated a significant amount of time and effort to the greater
good through volunteering. Congrats, Joy!
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it to us via email or
mail! Click here: Volunteer Application
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is a site created and run by Andrea Roe, author of "You Are Not Alone:
The Book of Companionship For Women Struggling With Eating Disorders.
Joy's story will be featured in the August issue of the You Are Not
Alone email support letter. If you would like to sign up for Andrea's
inspirational newsletter, visit the site at www.eating-disorder-information.com
We met with Congressman
Ramstad (representing our home state of
Minnesota), who is leading the battle, along with Patrick Kennedy, to
get Mental Health Parity laws passed in every state. He had a great
recovery story of his own, and we will be staying in contact as we work
together towards better access to treatment as well as better quality
of treatment programs.
attended the Mental Health America National
Conference, where we were
able to attend workshops aimed at organizations working to reduce stigma and
increase treatment possibilities for those affected by
mental health issues. We met members of other organizations that we
plan to collaborate with in the future.
The Joy Project's Assistant Director, Serena Iacono, was honored with
an mPower Youth award at the closing dinner ceremony. We were also invited to
participate in focus groups with Mental Health America, and had the
opportunity to socialize with some amazing people that were fellow
award winners at the conference.
We are so thankful to Mental Health America and mPower for
sponsoring the trip and making the week exciting and productive for us.
We are also grateful to Congressman Ramstad and his assistants for
meeting with us and for his willingness to continue working with us in
the future. Thanks also to the many wonderful people who also attended
the conference, and who continue to work towards our shared goal of
better mental health care for all who need it!
Joy Project's Assistant
Director, Serena Iacono,
has been chosen to receive
an mPower award in
recognition for her contributions to the field of mental health through
her personal life as well as her work for The Joy Project.
The mPower Outstanding Youth
Awards are awarded to
the ages of 13-23 who have done outstanding
work in using their own life and experiences to help combat the stigma
of mental health. The awards will be presented at the
annual conference for Mental Health America (formerly known as the
National Mental Health Association)
and The Joy Project's
Executive Director, Joy
will receive a free trip to the MHA
on June 6-9th, 2007,
where Serena will be presented with the award. During their trip, both
will have a chance to speak with legislators
on Capitol Hill.
Women For Hope is now selling eating disorder awareness
bracelets.10% of the proceeds will be donated to The Joy
Project. The bracelets are high-quality, made with Swarovski
crystals. Please visit www.womenforhope.com
info or to purchase a bracelet.
Despite the huge snowstorm that shut down everything for a day or two,
the week was a success! A big THANK YOU to Serena Iacono for
coordinating NEDAW, and thank you as well to Francesca Heir, Olivia
Tise, Justin Novak, Allie Michelson, Lauren Eriksson, Heather
Dombrovski, Angela Fugleberg, Ilyssa Siegel, and Angela Studt for
lending a hand and helping to support the cause! We appreciate it!
radio station in
the Twin Cities area. The Get Real Girls airs every Saturday morning
from 8-10am on that station. Every week, the nominate one person from
the community to be their 'Get Real Girl of the Week'. They have chosen
The Joy Project's Director, Joy Nollenberg, as a weekly Get Real Girl!
Joy was interviewed via telephone during the show on Saturday, February
Check out the article that Lori Henry wrote about The Joy Project for
her column: Intro
Lori Henry is the author of
Silent Screams, among other popular works.