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Miss America 2008 Raises Eating Disorder Awareness at AU Speech

Speech at American U to promote eating disorder awarness week

WHAT: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week at American University

WHO: Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008

WHERE: Room 1, Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 26

MEDIA: Maggie Barrett, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5951 or 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, will speak at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 26, at American University to help raise awareness of eating disorders.  The event, which will take place in Room 1 of the Ward Circle Building, promotes National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

Eating disorder awareness was Haglund’s platform while she served as Miss America. She continues to advocate for the issue. Haglund’s visit is sponsored by AU’s Wellness Center, which provides health promotion and risk reduction programs. 

The center’s primary goal is to educate AU students to develop positive, healthy lifestyles.  The center has hosted numerous other high-profile events and guest speakers during the 2008–2009 academic year, including the Trojan Evolve Campus Tour, Kelly from NBC’s hit reality show The Baby Borrowers, and physician and abstinence advocate Lindsay Marsh.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.