What is SPEAK?

SPEAK is an acronym for Students Promoting Eating disorder Awareness and Knowledge.  We are a diverse group of University of Utah students, health care professionals, and community members from many different educational backgrounds.  Our mission is to promote awareness of eating disorders and body image issues through educating diverse populations, developing strategies for prevention, providing resources for treatment, and conducting relevant research.

Goals and Objectives

  • Promote self-esteem
  • Promote self-efficacy
  • Promote healthy body images
  • Promote healthy eating habits

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Beacons of Excellence


Contact Us

Email: SPEAK@hsc.utah.edu

Become A Member

Dear Prospective Member:

On behalf of the team, I'd like to welcome you and thank you for your interest in becoming a member of SPEAK. We have many exiting and rewarding opportunities for you to be involved with the team. Feel free to contact us at speak@hsc.utah.edu if you have any questions.



Nick Galli, PhD, CC-AASP
Visiting Assistant Professor
SPEAK Faculty Advisor

Membership Application

Please fill out the SPEAK Membership Application. Submit via email to SPEAK@hsc.utah.edu or mail to:

Attn: Nick Galli and SPEAK
Department Health Promotion and Education
1901 E. South Campus Drive #2142
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

There is a $15 annual membership fee that must be included. You may submit payment online or include with the mailed application.

SPEAK Membership Application

Love Your Body Week

Love Your Body Week is part of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. It is a time to celebrate our bodies, no matter the shape or size, and all that we can do with our bodies. It is also a time to be aware of the things that make us feel bad about ourselves and fight them with the things that make us feel good about ourselves. Most importantly, it is about learning to be comfortable with who we are.



The mission of LYBW is to encourage acceptance and celebration of human diversity through body shapes and sizes. We encourage kindness and affirmation of human value regardless of differences in weight, physical size, shape, age, and ability. We hope to contribute to changing the socio-cultural ideals that equate thinness with health, beauty, and happiness often leading to hatred of fat and the emergence of eating disorders.

Healthy bodies are beautiful,

some are thin and some are short, yet many more are plentiful;

Healthy bodies are strong,

they work, they play, and endure many storms;

Healthy bodies move,

they run, they walk, and like to groove;

Healthy bodies are smart,

they know that thin does not mean squat!

Healthy bodies are kind,

they love, accept, and embrace all kinds;

Be a healthy body!

be kind, be loving, and accept everybody!

Community Outreach

SPEAK has been doing outreaches on campus and in the community since it began in 2002. We have been invited as guest lecturers in University of Utah classes to educate students on the basics of eating disorders and body image disturbances, prevention approaches, eating disorders and athletes, and the family's role in eating disorders. We have also facilitated skill-building workshops on such topics as recognizing body image triggers, coping skills, building resilience, and male body image issues. We have been invited by schools and community agencies to provide activity-focused outreaches, doing fun and educational exercises that help build self-esteem and positive body image. We have also coordinated panel discussions, allowing young men and women who have recovered from eating disorders to share their inspirational stories and answer questions from the audience.

If you would like to discuss what SPEAK can do for your organization, please contact us at SPEAK@hsc.utah.edu

Past Outreach Projects

Students Promoting Eating disorders Awareness and Knowledge (SPEAK) is dedicated to raising awareness and educating the community in an effort to prevent disordered eating and body image issues. If you or your organization are interested in having SPEAK do a presentation, please contact us at SPEAK@hsc.utah.edu. The following is a list of some community outreach projects that the team has engaged in since its formation in May 2002.

Boys & Girls Club of Murray, UT
Activities focused on: uniqueness, positive qualities, coping with stress

Health Awareness Night (invited by Debbie Sanich)
Juan Diego High School
Overview of eating disorders

Health Education Class (Sherry Jardine and Christine Rydalch, instructors)
Hunter High School
Eating disorders, healthy vs. unhealthy behaviors, coping strategies

Health Education Class (Colleen Norris, instructor)
Skyline High School
Activities focused on: individuality, media influences on body image

House of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT
Improving Body Image and Self-Esteem

Introduction to Health Science (Jennifer Carlson, instructor)
Granger High School, West Valley, UT
Using Your Resilient Drives

KCPW-FM: 88.3: National Public Radio
Salt Lake City, Utah
Promotional interview for the team and upcoming workshop series

Mountain View Elementary (invited by Melanie Moffat)
Honors class for 5th grade students
Layton, UT
Activities focused on: Coping skills

National Youth Sports Program (invited by Heidi Haramoto; Andy Young, Heidi Schmauch)
University of Utah
Activities focused on: Individuality, Turning to Others, Self Talk, Coping Skills, Self-esteem, Acceptance of self and others

Salary, Wages, & Benefits Committee
University of Utah
Who are we and what do we do?

School Assemblies
Horizon Elementary School, Murray, UT
Viewmont Elementary School, Murray, UT
Liberty Elementary School, Murray, UT
McMillan Elementary School, Murray, UT
Presentation for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls: Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes

Science Power (invited by Melanie Hooten)
School of Medicine, University of Utah
Activities focused on: Self-acceptance, personal values

She & Co.
Salt Lake City, UT
Eating Disorders and Body Image

Student Athlete Mentors
University of Utah
Helping others with eating disorders

Utah Nutrition Council
Salt Lake City, UT
The role of the dietician in the treatment of eating disorders

Young Women's Group
Salt Lake City, UT
Overview of eating disorders and body image

Campus Resources

University Student Health Services
Madsen Health Center
555 Foothill Dr., Level 1
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

University of Utah Counseling Center
Student Services Building
201 South 1460 East, Rm 426

Women’s Resource Center
200 S. Central Campus Dr.
Olpin Union, Rm 293

Off Campus Resources:

Treatment Centers

Avalon Hills Residential Treatment Center
Adolescent/Adult Treatment Facility
7852 West 600 North
Petersboro, UT 84325 (near Logan)

Center for Change
1760 N. State St.
Orem, UT 84057

Remuda Ranch (Adolescents, Adults, Males)
One East Apache Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390

St. John Therapeutic Services, Inc.
555 East 5300 South
Ogden, UT 84405

Mental Health Professions: Private Practice

Lindy Burton, LCSW

Heidi Ford, LCSW

Mary Hales, Ph.D.

Carolyn Hollingshead, Ph.D.

Wendy Hoyt, Ph.D., PC

Lynne McCrae, Psy.D.

Steve Varechok, LCSW,

Physician Referrals

Melissa Briley, PA-C
Madsen Family Clinic
555 S. Foothill Blvd, Ste. 301
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Amy Cutting, A.P.R.N., M.S.
University Student Health Services
555 Foothill Blvd., Level One
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Liz Joy, M.D.
Madsen Family Clinic
555 S. Foothill Blvd, Ste. 301
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Sonja Van Hala, M.D.
Sugarhouse Family Health Center
1138 E. Wilmington Ave. (2195 South)
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Dietician Referrals

Andrea Addley, R.D.
1174 East Graystone #1A
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Kathie Beals, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM
University of Utah Nutrition Clinic

Kim Passmore, RD, CD & Rachael Scott
Center for Change
1790 N. State St.
Orem, Ut 84057

Kristi Spence, MS, RD, CD
Sports Dietitian
TOSH Sport Science
5848 S. Fashion Blv.
Murray, UT 84107

Free Support Groups

Bonnie Sheperd
2221 South 1700 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Center For Change
1760 N. State St.
Orem, UT 84057

Eating Disorder Anonymous

Overeating Anonymous

Women’s Resource Center
Body Politics
200 S. Central Campus Dr.

Note: Despite our best intentions to keep our treatment resources current, referral options change frequently. Visit www.edreferral.com for updates about treatment options in your state.

Online Resources

  1. Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) www.aedweb.org
  2. American Psychology Association www.apa.org
  3. American Psychiatric Association www.psych.org
  4. Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc. www.anred.com
  5. Body Positive www.bodypositive.com
  6. Caring Online www.caringonline.com
  7. Center for Change www.centerforchange.com
  8. Council on Size and Weight Discrimination www.cswd.org
  9. Eating Disorders Anonymous www.eatingdisordersanonymous.org
  10. Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center www.edreferral.com
  11. Eating Disorder Resources www.bulimia.com
  12. Harvard Eating Disorders Center www.hedc.org
  13. International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals www.iaedp.com
  14. Learn Psychology http://www.learnpsychology.org/mental-health/eating-disorders/
  15. Love Your Body Project, NOW Foundation http www.now.org/foundation/health/whp
  16. Massachusetts Eating Disorder Association (MEDA) www.medainc.org
  17. Media Influence on Body www.about-face.org
  18. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders www.anad.org
  19. National Eating Disorders Association www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
  20. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) www.oa.org
  21. The Renfrew Center Foundation www.renfrew.org
  22. Something Fishy www.something-fishy.org