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Eating Disorders Awareness Week - Feb. 26 - Mar. 3, 2024

Mary Tantillo, Ph.D., professor of Clinical Nursing and founder of The Healing Connection—a division of the WNY Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders—spoke to Rochester First (Feb. 26) about Eating Disorders Awareness Week and the Center's event series that aims to bring together families affected by these conditions and decrease stigma. "That sense of community is important for healing," said Tantillo. "Patients say over and over again that a sense of universality helps them not feel alone, and that experience is very healing and provides a sense of validation."

36% Rise Locally in Eating Disorders Among Children, Adolescents During Pandemic

Taylor Starr, D.O., M.P.H., and Nicole Cifra, M.D., M.P.H., spoke with WROC (Feb. 22) about a 36 percent rise in local office visits for eating disorders among children and adolescents during the pandemic. "Unpredictability, in some cases isolation, really difficult life circumstances... there are a lot of things that have happened during this pandemic that can be seen as risks or points that can push someone over the edge into developing an eating disorder," said Cifra. "We know families are part of the solution; they're experts in their loved ones," added Starr.

Contact for Events

Jennifer Dry De Santo
Phone: 585-276-6102

Directed out of the University of Rochester School of Nursing, the WNYCCCED is a partnership between the University of Rochester School of Nursing and the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program at Golisano Children’s Hospital. It is one of three legislatively mandated comprehensive care centers for eating disorders funded by the New York State Department of Health.​​​​​​​