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'Someday Melissa: the story of an eating disorder, loss, and hope'; Tues. March 5th, 7:30 pm

Members of the Rutgers community and the general public are invited to a free screening and panel discussion of the documentary, 'Someday Melissa: the story of an eating disorder, loss, and hope' on Tuesday March 5th, starting at 7:30 pm. The event will be held in the Scholarly Communication Center, on the fourth floor of Alexander Library in New Brunswick.

'Someday Melissa: the story of an eating disorder, loss, and hope' "chronicles the life of 19-year-old Melissa Avrin, who died of a heart attack following a five-year battle with bulimia. The film is inspired by a journal her mother Judy discovered after her daughter's death in which Melissa wrote about her "Somedays" -- the things that she hoped to accomplish, the places she wanted to travel, who she wanted to be - someday - when she was healthy.

Judy Avrin created and produced the documentary with Danna Markson, LCSW, an eating disorder specialist, and director Jeffrey Cobelli. Avrin, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Rutgers, told her daughter's story to help break through the wall of secrecy and shame surrounding eating disorders and to help others who face similar struggles. Avrin is the founder of Someday Melissa, Inc, a nonprofit organization, with a mission to promote recognition and awareness of eating disorders and the importance of early treatment.

Judy Avrin will introduce the one-hour documentary at the March 5th screening. Arvin will also be a featured panelist for the question and answer portion of the program. Other panelists include: John Worobey, professor, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; Shireen Rizvi, assistant professor, Rutgers' Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology; and Patricia Woodin-Weaver, staff psychologist, Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistant Programs, and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), part of Rutgers Health Services.

More than 24 million Americans battle with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Someday Melissa has been screened across the country, and the DVD purchased in nearly 20 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.

Sponsors of this event are the Rutgers University Libraries; The Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology; the Rutgers School of Social Work; the Rutgers-New Brunswick Counseling; Project HEAL: a student group at Rutgers; Health Outreach, Promotion, and Education of Rutgers Health Services; ADAP; Psychiatric Services Center; Rutgers Student Chapter; and the New Jersey Public Health Association.

For more information on this program, directions to the campus, or assistance with parking, please contact Libraries Communications Director Harry Glazer at or 848-932-5992.

Posted February 8, 2013; February 11, 2013