The American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties

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Free CPR training

The American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties will present the 9th annual CPR Saturday event on May 3 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center begin at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. This free event is open to anyone who would like to learn life-saving Adult CPR skills. The training takes approximately 2.5 hours and will include skills practice and a written exam. Upon successful completion, students will be given Red Cross certificates. Participants must pre-register for CPR Saturday by visiting or call the Red Cross in Seattle at (206) 726-3534.

Eating Disorders Support

The Eating disorders support group (EDSG) is to begin again.

The group will meet from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. on May 5 and will continue on the first and third Mondays of every month, except holidays, at the Community Center at Mercer View.

The need for such groups is greater now than ever with an increase in numbers of people with eating disorders, the skyrocketing costs of medical care and therapy, and the economic struggles many people are facing today.

EDSG is appropriate for people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, orthorexia nervosa or eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) as long as there is a drive for thinness present.

There will be two groups: one group for people with eating disorders and one for family, friends, or spouses.

The groups are free. Advance registration is not required. All facilitators have had direct experience with an eating disorder.

The EDSG is for you if you:

• Have a drive for thinness.

• Have anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or a related eating disorder.

• Are willing to focus on issues other than eating disorder behaviors.

• Have a daughter, spouse, or friend with an eating disorder.

• Want to learn about recovery.

All ages are welcome.

For information, e-mail

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