Normal In Schools

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews


PO Box 20965 Milwaukee WI 53151 USA


NORMAL In Schools (NIS) is a nonprofit organization which teaches about the devastating impact of eating disorders and the therapeutic impact of theatre while educating about related issues such as body image, self esteem, family communication and stress management.

Geographic areas served:

Focuses primarily on the Midwest, but occassionally serves the entire nation


Presentation of programs to student populations: mfi presented its evidence-based tiered trainings and documentary film seminars (ed 101 and speaking out about ed seminars), and programs featuring mental health professional specializing in eating disorders and other persons with personal experience of eating disorders in schools, universities and venues throughout south carolina, wisconsin, connecticut and new york. More than 11,627 audience members participated in our live trainings and programs and over 707,000 visited our myriad online tools and various websites.

presentation of mfi trainings for health professionals: the mental fitness nonprofit launched more than 100 professional development trainings in districts throughout spartanburg, sc schools, as well as in weston, ct and at two state conferences: the south carolina upstate guidance counselor conference in january, 2014 and the wisconsin association of school nurses conference in april, 2014. In total, mental fitness reached more than 1,200 faculty, staff and school clinicians in the live tiered training initiative, with a total of 383 participants sharing data in pre- and post- program surveys created by a ph. D. Candidate at harvard school of public health and measured by a ph. D. Researcher at coastal carolina.

mental fitness produced a self-esteem stomp in april 2014 in collaboration with the ymca of greater spartanburg and girls on the run. The self esteem stomp begins with a family friendly 1 mile or 3 mile walk and ends with the nourish interactive arts park where families can learn about the 7 protective categories that build mental fitness including tips for building: stress management, healthy body image, mindfulness, critical thinking, nourishing body & mind, social-emotional skills and community connections. In 2014, the self esteem stomp had over 400 participants.

virtual online resources: iin 2014, mfi further enhanced its online tools and resources so families nationwide have access to critical educational materials and prevention research. Online tools such as the b: resilient prevention platform, youtube channel of films, think eat play website, beneath the floorboards website, weight stigma awareness films, q&a with medical expert films, sharecare medical website (dr. Oz), we are the real deal blog, eating disorder recovery yoga blog, facebook and twitter programs were improved and enhanced to teach a nationwide audience about the issues relating to eating disorders, obesity and wellness

nourish - a live center based in spartanburg, sc which provides interactive workshops for children, parents and educators that build mental fitness.

other miscellaneous programs related to carrying out the organization's exempt purpose eating disorder awareness week and eating for life alliance.

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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

As the mother of a 16 year old daughter, it's vital that I understand the specifics of eating disorders - what to watch for, how to help. Normal presented this all to me in an educational and creative way that allowed me to understand and empathize. ED was an issue that I only knew about through the news, which doesn't paint the full picture. It also is a venue that speaks directly to my daughter, which is not always easy to do! Through witnessing the characters go through the challenges of ED, our whole family was able to truly feel as though we understood the issue. Also, the talk back sessions after the performance provided a way for us to ask additional questions and receive referals if needed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My increased awareness and compassion for eating disorders.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get the play viewed by more people!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The dedication of the Board and President. The ability to help support such a good cause.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Poised, dedicated, passionate, driven, creative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the way the world looks at eating disorders.

Ways to make it better...

If I lived closer to the staff!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

How to get the play seen by more people.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Not only does the play have a "must be heard" message - the quality of the script, music, and actors makes it like seeing a broadway play.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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