Kansas City, Mo. — REbeL, an Overland Park, Kan.-based organization offering a student-led education and prevention program designed to address eating and body image concerns in schools, has named Amy Sullivan, registered dietitian and professional outreach representative at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, to its newly formed board.
"Amy is an incredible asset to our board," said Laura Eickman PsyD, founder of REbeL. "Her background as a registered dietitian, her many years of working with individuals with disordered eating and her position at Timberline Knolls definitely will help us grow as a non-profit organization. She is highly respected professionally and her added energy and enthusiasm will help REbeL in many ways."
REbeL encourages students to rebel against: making appearance more important than health; conformity; peer pressure; the "diet" mentality; and our society's unrealistic standards of beauty and physical attractiveness.
"We want to make students aware of and informed about these issues," adds Dr. Eickman. "Students need to be critical consumers of the media and of diet and appearance-related products. They can act as real agents of change in their schools and communities."
REbeL's goal is to have students become educators and leaders by sharing these important messages with their peers in ways that "speak" to them.
The newly formed board at REbeL will help guide the growth of the organization as it expands from Blue Valley Northwest High School into additional schools in the area. REbeL is in the process of becoming a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization.
"As a member of the board, my goal is to continue to grow REbeL's program and positively impact increasing numbers of students and community members," said Amy Sullivan RD, professional outreach representative at Timberline Knolls. "As someone who has worked in the treatment of eating disorders for many years, I know first-hand the devastation these disorders can cause in one's life."