Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist

The State of an Anxious Union

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist

Last fall, University of Minnesota psychologist William J. Doherty decided to do some research into the emotional well-being of Americans in light of the 2016 Presidential election. His findings will likely not surprise you. After commissioning a poll of 1,000 voting-age Americans, Doherty found that 43 percent reported experiencing “emotional distress related to Trump and […]

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Everyday, Choose Love. “Love Your Body Day” 2016

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist

Love. I had romantic notions about it growing up, believing that love was a tremendous, sweeping, passionate feeling that would lead to lifelong relational satisfaction and fulfillment. Years later while engaged, at times I’d ask leading questions of my future husband.  “Why do you love me?” Naturally, I was looking for a flowery, poetic response. […]

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No More Body-Shaming: Supermodel Emme’s #BodyBeaUtiful Social Media Campaign Lifts Off in 2016

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist
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“A New Year, a New You!” We’ve heard this phrase countless times, usually in the latest diet or exercise ad. There is certainly something restorative and motivating about beginning anew. However, that’s no excuse for the outrageous lengths to which the diet and beauty industry go to cash in on widespread body dissatisfaction and insecurity […]

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Ever Onward, Ever Upward

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist
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The spring season brings along a spirit that reminds me of New Year’s – both are times of spiritual and emotional renewal. Rebirth. Each year, we welcome these times of setting new goals and welcoming fresh starts. We put off the old and put on the new. Snow melts and flowers bloom as we move […]

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Celebrate a New Type of Love on Valentine’s Day

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist
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C.S. Lewis, the prolific British author, philosopher and theologian identified four kinds of that special “feeling” that we celebrate February 14th – love. He says there are four loves: affection, friendship, eros (romance) and agape (unconditional love). During the month of February, card and chocolate companies glorify eros, romantic love. Many girls grow up dreaming […]

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“Fort-ify” Your Holidays

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist
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I spent my childhood Christmases in the suburbs of Detroit, which rarely failed to deliver on heaps of snow to ring in the holiday season. After the first big snowfall, my brother and I used to rush out in our puffy snow pants and down jackets to play in the fresh powder. My favorite thing […]

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Cyber Body Image & Self-Esteem

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist
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According to Techcrunch.com, Facebook users spend an average of 441 minutes – or seven-and-a-half hours – per month browsing their News Feed and Friends’ pages. And that is just on their mobile devices! They spend another 391 minutes – or around seven hours – on the site at a desktop computer. I would venture to […]

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Cancer: An Often Overlooked Emotional Catalyst for Eating Disorders

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist
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Welcome, October! With the changing leaves comes the wearing of scarves and sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes at your favorite coffee shop, mid-term exams, and the anticipation of the holiday season. I absolutely love autumn for all of these reasons, as well as a more serious one:  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  My mother has […]

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Taking a Leap of Faith in Eating Disorder Recovery

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist
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In recovery from my eating disorder, one of the hardest things to learn was how to trust.  I had to learn to trust the doctors and professionals trying to help me to survive.  I had to trust my own body.  I had to learn to trust God.  This was probably the easiest step out in […]

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My Springtime: Kirsten’s Eating Disorder Recovery Story

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist
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I absolutely love spring.  I have learned to really appreciate the spring season since I moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Having grown up outside of Detroit, Michigan, I adore living where the winters are mild (and comparatively short), and spring is a long, lovely season.  If you can stand the few weeks of pollen, the South […]

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