Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Women's Advisory Council Brings Lively Discussion on Body Image to High School
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital December 09, 2009
LAKE FOREST, IL — Leslie Goldman, author of “Locker Room Diaries,” recently shared her insights on body image with more than 200 young women at Lake Forest High School (LFHS). Her engaging talk, which included discussion of her own eating disorder and the realities of airbrushing, was part of the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Women’s Health Advisory Council’s “Growing Up Healthy” series and Lake Forest High School’s visiting author series.
“We were thrilled to help bring Leslie Goldman to Lake Forest High School,” said Heather Kotlarz, chair of the “Growing Up Healthy” series. “She was the perfect woman to lead a talk on this very important subject. She is young and vibrant, and the students found it easy to relate to her.” Goldman writes for a number of popular blogs and magazines and has appeared on CNN, the Today show and CBS EYE on Chicago.
LFHS students attended Goldman’s talk during three different lunch periods. Many followed up on the talk in their health classes, further discussing the media’s altered portrayals of women.
Kerry Littel, Head Librarian at LFHS, said the hospital’s support is invaluable to the high school. “It really does take a village to raise a child,” she said. “It’s inspiring to see what the hospital and the community have done for our students.”
The Women's Health Advisory Council is a volunteer board comprised of women from Lake Forest/Lake Bluff and surrounding communities. Their mission is to promote the importance of women's health issues through education, events and activities. Their next event is “House Calls,” which will take place on Saturday, January 30. The evening will feature dinner and small group discussions with Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital physicians in a comfortable setting.