Announcing Our #WakeUpWeightWatchers Continuation Project

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We are excited to announce our plan to continue our #WakeUpWeightWatchers campaign and share how YOU can be involved!  

As you may recall, Weight Watchers announced in February that they would be offering free programs to teens between the ages of 13-17 beginning this Summer.

We were extremely impressed by the way our community of active advocates for eating disorder awareness and prevention came together to speak up against this initiative.

Weight Watchers has postponed the launch due to issues with FDA regulations but we are concerned that they will continue with this plan to prey on our children.  However, we are ready to take action!

Just as Weight Watchers believes they will be offering a valuable free resource to teens and their families, we would like to do the same.

Therefore, we are inviting members of our community like yourself to provide information and resources that will be compiled in the form of a free E-book for both parents and teens entitled A Mind and Body Wellness Guide for Teens and Parents. Content will address a range of subjects including self-esteem, body acceptance, developing a balanced relationship with food, coping with emotions, communication skills, and much more.

Finding and providing a life of freedom outside of diet culture should not be a privilege. It is something we aspire to promote and encourage for young people and their families. By creating this resource, we will be making valuable information available to all.

This downloadable guidebook will help young people and their families build healthier relationships with food and their bodies, a promise that Weight Watchers sells but cannot provide.

We are looking for general educational information, personal stories, worksheets, journal prompts, challenges, tip lists and more!

NEXT STEPS

You can find more information on the project and what kind of content we are looking for by downloading the file here. 

Deadline: We will be closing submissions on Friday, December 7th 2018 (NOTE: This has been updated from the original deadline of August 24th)

Goal date for BALANCE to publish: January 1st, 2019 in time to combat the New Year diet craze

If you plan to join us, please send an email to emilyc@balancedtx.com so we can keep track of those participating!

 

SPREAD THE WORD ON SOCIAL MEDIA

We are hoping to get as many people as possible to join us on this important project. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this information to friends and colleagues or posting about it on social media. Below are ideas of messages you may want to share with your network:

Tweet: Excited to join @BALANCEedtc to continue the #WakeUpWeightWatchers campaign by contributing to an E-book aimed at helping #teens & #families build #healthy relationships to their food & bodies, a promise @WeightWatchers sells but can't give. Get involved! https://bit.ly/2Lcz38K

Facebook: Excited to join @BALANCEedtc to continue their #WakeUpWeightWatchers campaign by contributing to an E-book aimed at helping teens and their families build healthy relationships to their food and bodies, a promise @WeightWatchers sells but cannot provide. Learn more here and get involved! https://bit.ly/2Lcz38K

Instagram: Excited to join @balancedtx to continue their #WakeUpWeightWatchers campaign by contributing to an E-book aimed at helping teens and their families build healthy relationships to their food and bodies, a promise @WeightWatchers sells but cannot provide. Learn more here and get involved! https://bit.ly/2Lcz38K

Additionally, we have created images you may post on your social media accounts to accompany these messages. You can download them here.

Questions? Please reach out to our Social Media Coordinator Emily Costa at emilyc@balancedtx.com