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Upcoming Events

Every month, year-round, we offer events of all kinds! Our hallmark education events and teach-ins deepen our understanding of health equity, improving access to healthcare, and abolishing weight-centric care. Education events are open to all Health at Every Size® Providers, Advocates, and folks who use HAES® in their personal approach to wellbeing. Member events are free to ASDAH members and provide connection and networking to engage with other ASDAH members. We also offer community events open to all – members and non-members – to build relationships and provide programming for those most impacted by fatphobia.

By registering for and attending ASDAH events, you consent to the following community agreements. The agreements can be read in full here.

  • This is An Accountable Space
  • Engage in Conversation in a Way that Is Inclusive, Generative & Impactful
  • Embrace Conflict, Discomfort, Friction, Imperfection, Nuance & A Both/And Mentality
  • No Racism, White Supremacy, Anti-Blackness, Anti-Fatness, Transphobia, Queer Antagonism, Ableism, Healthism, Ageism, Classism, or Other Forms of Oppression
  • Know That You Will Fuck Up
  • Take Care of Yourself
  • Stories Stay; Lessons Leave
  • Privacy & Confidentiality Cannot Be Assured
  • Commit to Self-Reflection & Action When You Leave This Space
Image description: event flier in pink, purple and blue color palate with header Beyond the O-Word: Exploring the Nuance in the Language of Body Size. In the center are images of the three panelists, Dr. Jonathan Higgins, Ash Nischuk, and Susanne Johnson. Text below images reads: December 9th, 12pm-1pm CST. Register at asdah.org/events. ASDAH Logo in left bottom corner.

Beyond the O-Word: Exploring Nuance in the Language of Body Size

DATE & TIME

December 9th at 12pm CST

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Join us for this insightful round table discussion about navigating the nuances of body size terms and language. Susanne Johnson MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner; Ash Nischuk of the podcast The Fat Lip, & Dr. Jonathan Higgins of Nailed It! and Black Fat Femme Podcast bring their thoughtful perspectives to support both new and seasoned Health at Every Size® professionals navigating language around body size. Our discussion will be grounded in frameworks like patient/body autonomy, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care. We will discuss body size terms in various settings, particularly in healthcare and public health. We will explore the nuances of language in one-on-one settings, group settings, and public-facing media like pamphlets, websites, and social media. Most importantly, we’ll discuss language use as it pertains to all larger people, including those who don’t use the word ‘fat’ as a self-descriptor.

Finding Breath: Using Counter Narratives to Resuscitate the HAES® Framework of Care 

DATE & TIME

January 13th at 12pm CST

EVENT DESCRIPTION

This is the second in a three-part series examining the past, present, and future evolution of the Health at Every Size® framework of care. Folks who missed part one are welcome to join this session as well, as each session can also stand alone. In part two, we dive deeper into using counter narratives to refocus our Health at Every Size® work to be by and for those most impacted by fatphobia. We’ll discuss the work ASDAH is doing to reclaim and reorient the Health at Every Size® Framework of Care. We’ll also cover how you can begin using counter narratives in your work today to begin divesting from white supremacist lenses too commonly used in the name of Health at Every Size® like healthism, nutritionism, and marginalizing those at the highest end of the size spectrum.

ASDAH Conference 2023 

DATE & TIME

June 9th & 10th

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Our annual conference will revolve around our annual theme, Dreaming of New Worlds: HAES® in the Future. More information coming soon!

Past Events

Select past events are available to the public on our YouTube Channel. Members have access to even more past events via the Member Portal! Join ASDAH today to access this great member benefit.

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From South Africa to Nicaragua: Global Perspectives on HAES® 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Due to European colonialism and western imperialism, white supremacist, anti-Black, and anti-fat notions about bodies, food, health, and wellbeing are pervasive across the globe. We know that oppression is universal, but the ways in which oppression impacts people differ based on geographical and social locations. 

Frameworks such as Health at Every Size® have emerged to address & combat the problem of anti-fatness in healthcare. However they have been created & promoted from a very American/western/anglophone perspective and context. The HAES® “movement” itself has perpetuated white supremacy culture. It has not only drowned out BIPOC & fat voices in the west, but also international voices from people of the global majority. This panel discussion will highlight the voices of three HAES®-aligned practitioners & fat liberation activists from Africa, Latin America, and the Francophonie. 

Please join this lively discussion with Pontsho Pilane, Julia Lévy-Ndejuru, and Mónica Peralta where we will discuss and explore ways that HAES® is useful, but also fall short in a global context, how this framework of care can transform to be more inclusive of global perspectives, and how we can build coalitions and transnational solidarity as we do this work.

Image Description: A pink and orange graphic entitled “Suffocating Whiteness: A History and Critique of Health at Every Size®” incorporating pictures of our speakers Veronica Garnett, Ani Janzen, and Hunter Shackelford with orange and yellow geometrical shapes above the details of the event in black text “October 14th, 10AM PDT” and the registration link “ASDAH.org/events.”

Suffocating Whiteness: A History & Critique of HAES®

EVENT DESCRIPTION

We are pleased to be collaborating with Eating Disorder Registered Dietitians & Professionals (EDRD Pro) for our Suffocating Whiteness Series: A History and Critique of HAES®!

This workshop is the first in a three-part series examining the past, present, and future evolution of the Health at Every Size® (HAES®) framework of care. The narratives around HAES® have primarily been led by white women; disconnected from intersectional social justice movements; and centered white feelings, needs, and priorities. The resulting advocacy and care in the name of HAES® has further oppressed people of the global majority (particularly Black people) and superfat/infinifat people. In this session, we’ll discuss the history of the HAES® framework of care with a particular focus on how whiteness and white supremacy culture showed up in this movement deflecting from radicalness, making concessions in the name of health equity, and impeding fat liberation in healthcare.

A blue and purple sky graphic entitled “ASDAH Annual Membership Meeting” incorporating a collage of ASDAH’s staff and board with the details of the event in blue text “September 28th, 8PM EST” and the registration link “ASDAH.org/events.”

State of ASDAH Annual Meeting

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Join us for our highly anticipated Annual Meeting! We are excited to connect with you and discuss our last year of work to improve healthcare for fat folks through the Health at Every Size® framework. This meeting will serve as libation for all we’ve transformed in the fires of freedom. It will also serve as a visioning space for the collective new world we’re building together. 

Event flier with neon colored landscape. A pic of Stephanie Chrismon wearing a shirt that reads "I'm rooting for everybody Black" in lower right corner. Text reads: AfroFuturism: Changing the Narrative on the Future of Bodies with Stephanie Chrismon, MFA, DEI Consultant. Join us to learn about AfroFuturism history& ideology and how we can apply it to the ongoing work of ending fat antagonism. Friday, Aug. 26, 12pm CT, via Zoom

AfroFuturism: Changing the Narrative on the Future of Bodies

EVENT DESCRIPTION

This interactive workshop will give a history of AfroFuturism as well as an opportunity to discuss and work with the ideology of AfroFuturism (context, resilience, futurist ideation) as they apply to the ongoing work of ending fat antagonism. We will also discuss how we envision the ways in which we talk about bodies, examine bodies, and celebrate bodies in a way that humanizes all individuals along a spectrum of the diversity of bodies.

Event banner: background is teal rays expanding from the center outwards with a retro silver microphone in the center. Text reads: Open Mic Event: An ASDAH Member Event. Join us in sharing and celebrating each other's creative passions. Free & open to all ASDAH members! Sun. July 24, 2022. 11am PT, 2pm ET. 1 hour Virtual Event via Zoom, closed captioning available

Open Mic: An ASDAH Member Event

EVENT DESCRIPTION

The first event of the 2022-2023 ASDAH board year is a very special members-only Open Mic Event on July 24, 2022 at 1pm CT. This is an opportunity to share your talents with other ASDAH members through spoken word, song, dance, puppetry, and all the other ways you express your creativity in 5-minute time slots. At ASDAH’s 2022 Conference, we announced this year’s theme, Dreaming of New Worlds: HAES® in the Future. We welcome members to explore this theme during the open mic or present other areas of interest.

Select past events are available to the public on our YouTube Channel. Members have access to even more past events via the Member Portal! Join ASDAH today to access this great member benefit.

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