All School Assembly 5/15

On Monday, May 15th, all students will attend an informative and inspiring, in-school assembly addressing body image. Two guest speakers will be providing both personal and professional insight into topics such as: society/media influence on body image; battling negative self-talk; healthy versus unhealthy or disordered eating habits; the dangers of dietary fads; and some common nutritional myths. Their bios are listed below. The assembly will close with an opportunity for students to submit questions via text message to a panel including our two guest speakers, a representative from Timberline Knolls, and a current Mercy student.

Guest Speakers:

  • Kirsten Haglund - Founder of The Kirsten Haglund Foundation, Kirsten is an international women's empowerment speaker, lead anchor at Styrk, the new digital news organization founded by Scott Rasmussen, and served as Miss America 2008. A regular commentator on women's health, politics, social issues and entertainment, she appears frequently on "Hannity," "Your World with Neil Cavuto," "Red-Eye," "Fox & Friends Weekend" & "The Real Story" on Fox News Channel, on Huffington Post LIVE, "Real News" on The Blaze and "Dr. Drew On Call" on HLN. She has contributed writing pieces for the Huffington Post, the National Eating Disorders Journal, "Making Connections," has been a featured blogger for 2013 Binge Eating Disorders Association,  Weight Stigma Awareness Week, as well as established her own blog on You can find out more at:
  • Patrizia Jesue, R.D. - A Dietician at Nutrition Counseling Center, Patrizia treats clients who struggle with eating disorders, dysfunctional eating, and chronic dieting. Her work methods are supported by nutritional philosophy that is scientifically accurate and endorses a positive relationship with food. She blends the art of counseling with the science of nutrition. Patrizia's philosophy is that there is no room for good or bad foods; rather, all foods can fit into a healthy meal plan. She challenges attitudes about weight, shape and appearance as well as food and nutrition, so to promote a more positive unity between people, food and their bodies. You can find out more at:

If you have questions or concerns regarding this upcoming assembly, please contact Counselor, Mrs. Trish Brown or Dean of Student Affairs, Mrs. Eleasha Tarplin.