ANAD. It stands for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. In 1976 it became the first non-profit organization for eating disorders. Although not talked about as publically, eating disorders have affected all of us in some way, whether we know it or not.
A Greek organization on WSU’s campus, Delta Phi Epsilon, hosts an event every spring known as ANAD Week. It’s a week full of events that support and raise awareness about eating disorders. Here is a list of events (with photos from previous years) that will be available to all students on campus to attend and some sisters who share what having a philanthropy such as ANAD means to them:
Sisters pose for an ANAD photoshoot.
Monday, April 11
11am-2pm @ Gazebo
“Trash your Insecurities & Positivity Notes”
Sisters join together to trash their insecurities.
The sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon will be allowing students to write down anything they feel insecure about and throwing it into the garbage. Students will also be given a sticky note where they can write a friendly reminder to themselves about staying positive or to write a sweet message to a friend. This allows students to spread the love and tell themselves or someone else why they are important.
Tuesday, April 12
7pm @ Somsen Auditorium
Sisters gather with guest speaker, Kristen Haglund – Miss American ’08, after their ANAD vigil two years ago.
The vigil is one of Delta Phi Epsilon’s most intimate and powerful events during ANAD Week. There will be three special speakers who will share their firsthand stories of living with an eating disorders as well as special guest Leslie Sim from Mayo Clinic, who will talk about the unknowns of eating disorders and how to help a friend who you think may be suffering.
Wednesday, April 13
11am-2pm @ Gazebo
“Why I love Myself”
Sisters gather on campus to help spread love and positivity.
Join Delta Phi Epsilon back at the gazebo to share something that you love about yourself! There will be a giant plywood board with paint markers that you can fill with love and positivity for everyone to see!
Thursday, April 14
6:30pm @ Wabasha Gym
“Cross-fit Workout and Mindful Meditation”
Sisters enjoying a fun way to promote an important cause.
Delta Phi Epsilon is hosting a FREE workout with CrossFit Unshackled instructor, Angie Mundt. The evening will start with a bodyweight workout and end with a session of mindful meditation. The goal of this event is to connect the strength of our bodies and the power of our minds.
Saturday, April 16
9:30am @ Jaycee Pavilion on Big Lake
A sister and her family excitedly approach the finish line during last year’s 5K event.
For the last event of the week, head over to the lake for Delta Phi Epsilon’s annual 5K where you are free to walk, run, bike, or rollerblade with friends and or family! Registration will begin at 8:30am with a small fee of $5 and all proceeds go directly to the ANAD foundation. The winner of the race will receive a prize and there will be opportunities for all to win prizes through our raffle! If you would like to register yourself or a friend, please email Allie Durigan at ADurigan12@winona.edu!
Look for posters all over campus with the #IAmEnough campaign throughout the week. Sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon took photos that share their greatest trait to show that although physical beauty is the first thing we see; inner beauty is the most important thing we have. Below are three sisters who share their thoughts about ANAD Week:
Leah Reuteler ’19
“ANAD is a week of no insecurities – making everyone feel worth everything that they are beautiful in their own skin. Constantly being surrounded by those who bring positivity to your life. Finding a way to let go of any doubts you may have and loving everything that you are.”
Alannah Evelius ’17
“ANAD Week is all about being confident in yourself. Building others up. It’s about loving your body, freeing negative thoughts and embracing every ting that you are. You are not your flaws or insecurities. YOU ARE ENOUGH.”
Alexandra Durigan ’17
“ANAD Week is about taking the time to love ourselves. Too often people fall short of that, or suffer from an internal battle. It’s our goal to shed light on those who suffer from an eating disorder, to spread strength, resiliency, and a sense of being worthy to love yourself. Each and every one of us deserves self-love, because we are all enough. Together we can free our minds of self-doubt, and truly begin to love ourselves! This week goes far beyond beauty. I want to leave people feeling good about who they are, and what they have to offer this world. Join us!”
#IAmEnough #LetsRecoverTogether #EveryBODYisBeautiful
For more information and updates about upcoming events, “like” the WSU ANAD Facebook page.