Run to raise awareness for eating disorders

first_imgTags: eating disorder, Fun Run, Kathryn Schultz, Molly Cullinan, NEDA, NEDA Fun Run The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) two-mile Fun Run and Walk takes place Friday at 1 p.m. in front of Rockne Memorial. The run is free for all participants.NEDA, founded in 2001, is the United States’ leading non-profit organization aimed at raising awareness of eating disorders, according to its website. NEDA works to support those affected by eating disorders, work toward the prevention of eating disorders and improve access to treatment for those affected.The run will begin at the Rockne and continue to Angela Boulevard and around Main Circle.Juniors Katie Schultz and Molly Cullinan are part of the student team that planned out the logistics of the run.“We’ve been working on [the run] for about a month,” Cullinan said. “We originally wanted to do the lakes … but that wasn’t feasible. Mapping the run and figuring out an actual feasible distance was the hardest part of it.”The NEDA Fun Run coincides with the University’s Love Your Body Week, as well as National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.“We’re trying to raise awareness for eating disorders, because it’s a problem that is widespread but not talked about often,” Cullinan said.Schultz said one of NEDA’s goals is to focus on and debunk misconceptions about eating disorders — for example, that eating disorders affect only females and not males. According to NEDA’s website, approximately 20 million women and 10 million men are affected by an eating disorder in their lifetime.“There’s a general stigma [that] people have a choice [on whether or not they have an eating disorder], but there are biological, genetic and environmental factors,” Schultz said. “It’s not something intrinsically wrong with the person.”According to NEDA’s website, eating disorders are mental illnesses and not lifestyle choices. In comparison with other mental disorders, anorexia has one of the highest mortality rates.Cullinan said there is a difference between exercising to maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercising to lose weight.“Exercise is great and part of a healthy lifestyle, but our focus is running to be healthy [to gain] cardiovascular benefits and not to lose weight,” Cullinan said.Schultz said the NEDA run helps promote this healthy mentality of exercise as a long-term investment as opposed to a short term weight-loss goal.“This happens every year and is solely for the point of raising awareness,” Schultz said. “We want the run to emphasize … that there is a huge support system here.”The run will begin with speeches about NEDA’s mission and end with all participants receiving free food such as Kind bars, fruit and Einstein Bros. products.The run will also promote awareness of resources for combatting eating disorders, including the University Counseling Center, Cullinan said.“We want this to be an open discussion. It’s not anything to be ashamed of,” Cullinan said. “[The run is] really just to raise awareness and [to say], if you have a friend, or if you yourself are struggling, get help.”last_img read more

Ennis scores 16 points in strong all-around performance against Fordham

first_img Published on November 12, 2013 at 11:54 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 It took Tyler Ennis just 14 seconds on Tuesday to do the one thing he couldn’t in his regular-season debut against Cornell.After a near turnover during the opening possession against Fordham, Ennis spun away from his defender and darted to the rim for a layup — his first career bucket.“There was opportunities for him,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I think he had some opportunities to get to the rim better and he finished.”There were a lot of things that Ennis did right in his debut. On Friday, he grabbed rebounds — eight — and dished out seven assists. He only turned the ball over twice and, for the most part, controlled the game even as the Big Red put a scare in Syracuse.But his first basket remained elusive until the opening seconds of the Orange’s 89-74 win over Fordham. He followed up an 0-for-6 debut with a 16-point performance — one that matched Jerami Grant for second on the team — and revealed a previously unseen dimension of his game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEnnis still grabbed four boards, handed out five assists and grabbed four steals, but the 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting were what silenced any concern.“I just focus on winning, doing my job, making sure my teammates get the ball,” Ennis said. “If I’m creating for my teammates then I’m happy. If my team needs me to score and I’m not scoring, that’s when I’m not playing well.”Ennis didn’t think about the elusive basket — he’s still more concerned with facilitating. But when the opportunities arise, he proved that he’s able to take advantage.“He’s more relaxed and he got some good opportunities,” Boeheim said. “He’s a good player. He’ll score.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more