Great Jeans Giveaway marks National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Theatrical production and used jeans collection encourage healthy eating habits and good body image | February 18, 2005

An original production and a used jeans collection will mark National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at Xavier University Feb. 28 through March 5.

The ACT Out Ensemble from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis will present the original play, "It’s Not About The Food," Monday, Feb. 28" at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. This event is free and open to the public.

“The play will help the audience better understand what it’s like to be someone with an eating disorder,” said Renee’ Zucchero, psychologist and Xavier wellness coordinator. “It will also show how to communicate with someone you think may have an eating disorder.”

The performance is sponsored by Xavier’s wellness team, department of athletics, the health and counseling center, the office of student development, the office of residence life, the department of psychology and the psychological services center.

From Feb. 28 through March 9, students, faculty and staff are being asked to contribute to the Great Jeans Giveaway.

Gently used jeans can be dropped off at collection barrels in residence halls, the Commons, the Village and Gallagher Student Center. The jeans will be distributed to local charities including the Drop Inn Center, Mary Magdalene House and Transitions, Inc.

“The idea is that many people have jeans that are too small and they hope to fit into one day,” said Zucchero. “They may be unsatisfied with their body or their body image. Someone with an eating disorder may take that to an extreme. The slogan for this collection drive is "Change your jeans not your genes.”

This event is sponsored by the wellness team in conjunction with X-Action and the student activities council.