The 8th Annual Life Lesson Luncheon Co-chairs Ellen Cooke and Jackie Moore have just announced that Katherine Schwarzenegger will be the featured speaker for the luncheon on Tuesday, January 22, at the Omni Dallas benefiting The Elisa Project.
According to The Elisa project Executive Director Anne Besser, “Katherine believes that every woman can and should ‘Rock what they’ve got.’ She is an author, an activist and the ‘big sister’ every girl wishes she had. In her best-selling book, Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back, Katherine guides young women through their turbulent teens to womanhood while encouraging them to love their bodies, love themselves, and stay healthy.”
Well, yes, you guessed it. She is the daughter of Maria Shriver and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the 22-year-old is outstanding in her own right. In addition to being the Global Youth Ambassador for the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, she has been awarded Seventeen Magazine’s Body Peace Award and is the youngest member of the Girl Scouts of America’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthy Media for Youth.
The Elisa Project was established in 1999 and is dedicated to the prevention and effective treatment of eating disorders through awareness, education, support and advocacy. Eating disorders – including anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder – affect up to 24 million children and adults in the U.S. These disorders are complex mental illnesses that have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness – up to 20%. They don’t discriminate, but affect both males and females of all ages, races, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. When we consider the devastating physical and psychological impact of eating disorders, it’s vital that we continue to expand our prevention and intervention efforts and to improve access to treatment.
Photos provided by The Elisa Project