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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 3, 2003

Women's Center Offers Two Groups Beginning In Early September

The Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa will offer two support and discussion groups open to the public beginning in early September.

The "Eating Disorders Support Group" is a drop-in peer support group designed for women and men who currently have an eating disorder, as well as for those who have experienced an eating disorder in the past. The group will meet Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 9 at WRAC (130 N. Madison Street). Confidentiality is strictly upheld.

"The goals of this group are to encourage self-awareness and to provide support as participants continue steps toward recovery and/or against relapse," says Kerri Barnstuble, WRAC Group Services Coordinator.

A 10-week discussion group entitled "Feminists in the Dark - Movie and Discussion Group" will meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 10. This group is designed to offer a fun, casual space for men and women to explore women's and feminist issues through cinema.

"This group provides an opportunity for folks to gather, socialize and watch interesting movies spanning a variety of genres ranging from self-identified feminist films to popular culture," says Barnstuble. An informal discussion will follow each film showing. This group is co-sponsored by That's Rentertainment.

No pre-registration is required to attend either of these groups, and they are open to the public. There is no charge for participation in either group, but there is a suggested donation of $10 for the entire run of the group, to help cover the Center's costs in providing them.

For more information, or to arrange for needed accommodations to participate, please call the Center at 319-335-1486 or visit www.uiowa.edu/~wrac.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Kerri Barnstuble, 319-335-1486, kerri-barnstuble@uiowa.edu; Writer: Linda Kroon