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Healthy Eating/Healthy Mind:

Keeping the Balance Day is being hosted by the University Counselling Centre, a division of MUN Student Affairs and Services, on March 1st on the 3rd floor of the University Centre (Room 3014) from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  This event, open to MUN students, is part of the Counselling Centre’s Wellness Program.


Unhealthy eating and obsessions with food, dieting, being thin, and excessive exercise habits is a significant problem on many university campuses.  During our program, students will have the opportunity to complete an anonymous questionnaire about their eating and exercising habits, talk one-on-one with a health professional and, if appropriate, receive a referral to support and/or treatment services on and/or off campus.


Canadian Statistics have demonstrated the following:

  • Eating Disorders are now the third most common chronic illness in adolescent girls.
  • While the most common age of onset is between 14 and 25 years of age, eating disorders occur in a wide range of ages, and are increasingly seen in children as young as 10.
  • It is estimated that 3% of women will by affected be eating disorders in their lifetime.
  • The death rate for eating disorders is high: It ranges between 18% (in 20-year studies) and 20% (in 30-year follow up studies).
  • Among female athletes, the prevalence of eating disorders is reported to be between 15% and 62%.
  • The American Psychiatric Association Work Group on Eating Disorders estimates that some 8% of women suffer from either anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.
  • 81% of 10-year-olds restrict eating (diet). At least 46% of 9-year-olds restricted eating.
  • Health found that almost one in every two girls and almost one in every five boys of grade 10 were on a diet or wanted to lose weight.

Memorial students can learn important information on how eating and exercise behaviours can affect their health and lives. Also, free information designed to increase the student’s knowledge/awareness about lives that are imbalanced, will be distributed.

All students completing a written screening instrument will have their names automatically entered into a draw for a chance to win some great prizes!


If you have any questions, please call me 737-8874. Thank you very much.


Kelly Neville RN-C, MN, BSN
Wellness Coordinator / Counsellor
University Counselling Centre
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL  A1C 5S7