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As part of the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, UCF will host a variety of events to encourage students to love themselves for who they are.

The events, which begin Monday, will be hosted by the offices of Student Development and Enrollment, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Services, Wellness and Health Promotion Services, Recreation and Wellness Center and the student organization Project Heal.

Healthy eating habits and positive body image will be promoted through activities such as yoga and cardio dance classes, a meet-and-greet with therapy dogs and a healthy-eating cooking demonstration, according to a press release.

"Body dissatisfaction and disordered eating behaviors are a common problem on college campuses all over the country," according to the press release.

While men and women from all backgrounds may experience eating disorders, feelings of guilt and shame may prevent them from seeking help, the release stated.

Students are welcomed to take part in NEDA Week as UCF raises awareness, offers support and provides treatment options for those with eating disorders or concerns.

"NEDA Week is an opportunity for students to come together and build a culture of self and body acceptance on this campus," said Susan Tweeten, the CAPS coordinator of the events for the week, in a press release.

The complete schedule of events can be found at www.hs.ucf.edu/.

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Rachel Stuart is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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