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This week's article is by Karin Davis, Program Coordinator of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre. She writes, "It seems unfathomable: a movement that promotes and encourages anorexia nervosa -- a devastating eating disorder that claims the lives of thousands of women each year. Yet the existence of such a movement on the internet was exactly what health professionals were forced to acknowledge last summer when the issue first came to light."

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Award To Outstanding Cities for Improving Public Spaces for Recreation and Promoting Physical Activity in the Americas


In celebration of the World Health Day, April 7th, 2002: "Move for Health!", which is dedicated to the promotion of Physical Activity, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are co-sponsoring an award to recognize the outstanding cities in the Region of the Americas for their efforts in improving public spaces for safe recreation and promoting physical activity.

The most outstanding cities will be honored by the international community during an award ceremony hosted by the PAHO country representatives. Each awarded city will receive a commemorative plaque, recognizing their outstanding achievement. PAHO and CDC will also publicize the achievements of the awarded cities in the press and publications of the regional and local media.

The announcement of the award as well as the application form can be downloaded from or by contacting

Note: The deadline for submitting the completed application form and all supporting documents is April 5, 2002.

Everybody Wins: Developing Partnerships to Promote Self-Help.


Toronto Metro Hall

The theme of the conference is Everybody Wins: Developing Partnerships to Promote Self-Help. The conference welcomes people already involved with Self-Help and those who wish to learn more about it. It is an excellent opportunity to share, network and learn. It is of special interest to health professionals, self-help group members and community development coordinators.

Creating Successful Groups for Fathers Forum: Winter 2002


The Parenting Alliance is holding a forum to bring together fathers, community service providers and researchers in an innovative learning collaboration. Last year, folks came together and shared experiences, took a look at the research literature, and discussed how parenting group programs for fathers can make a difference in healthy child development and men's well-being Join this ongoing exploration and discovery! All are welcome!

* Discuss factors, identified at last year's forum, that influence fathers' positive parenting

The Ethics of Equity in Public Health


Presented by the Ethics in Community Health Care Working Group.

Speaker: Betty Burcher, Manager, Health Planning, Toronto Public Health

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Room 119, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, 75 Queen's Park Crescent (Museum Subway stop)

All welcome, no admission fee

Sponsored by The Centre for Research in Religion, Emmanuel College of Victoria University


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