Former Miss America and Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Kirsten Haglund, Joins Timberline Knolls

Oct 26, 2011, 11:42 ET from Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

CHICAGO, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008 and nationally known eating disorders advocate, has joined Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center as community relations specialist.



"Since my own recovery, I am passionate about educating and empowering women to get the care they need to live amazing, productive and healthy lives," said Haglund. "I see the same compassion and desire in the Timberline Knolls team and look forward to being a part of this work of restoring women to health."

Haglund will work closely with colleges around the country, specifically sororities. According to a study published last year in the journal Sex Roles, women who join sororities are more likely to judge themselves on their appearances and display bulimic tendencies.  A college student herself, Haglund hopes to serve as a role model for this group and to make a difference in their lives.

Timberline Knolls is a Chicago-based residential treatment center offering a nurturing environment of recovery for women ages 12 and older struggling to overcome eating disorders, trauma, substance abuse, mood disorders and co-occurring disorders.  The center was founded in 2005 by a team of compassionate psychiatrists, psychologists and clinicians dedicated to helping adolescent girls and women achieve full lives.

"Timberline Knolls is a place of healing," adds Haglund.  "Women and adolescent girls come to the center to find refuge and restoration, and when they leave, they have not only made huge strides in their healing, but they have learned the skills needed for long-term recovery."

Haglund will continue to work as an advocate for greater awareness of eating disorders and resources for care.  Since she won the crown of Miss America 2008, she has spoken on more than 20 college campuses, worked with youth and church groups domestically and abroad, lobbied Congress with the Eating Disorders Coalition, and started her own non-profit, the Kirsten Haglund Foundation, to raise funds and assist families financially in seeking treatment for eating disorders.

About Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center:

Timberline Knolls is a leading private residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 - 65+) with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders.  Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus.  Women and families seeking Christian treatment can opt for specialized Christian-based therapy.  For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611.

Contact: Mary Anne Morrow
Tel: 602-359-6989

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