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Articles by Kirsten Haglund

“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 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.

Why Forgive?

Forgiveness is one of those stubborn things that is much easier said than done. It is impossible to go through life without being wronged by someone, and without, knowingly or not, hurting others. We can choose to handle these experiences by holding on to bitterness, regret and shame, or choosing to forgive. But, in order … Read More

How to Love Your New Body

Eating disorders (EDs) are about much more than food. They are the result of a complex mixture of genetic, biological and environmental factors. Often, they have deep emotional roots in things like trauma or other mental health issues. They can be deadly. The myth surrounding EDs is that the “cure” is to “just eat.” This … Read More

Perfectionism in its Death Throes

The illusion of perfectibility is hard to escape. The message “be better,” “do more,” “you’re not good enough,” is littered across the advertising landscape, and in our fast-paced modern world, the competition to be busy and never content with who you are and what you have is ubiquitous. The idea that one must keep pursuing … Read More

When Good Things Become Ultimate Things

Life is full of good gifts: things to be enjoyed, experiences to be had, pleasures to be tasted, sense to be stimulated. But, our desire for and experience of good things can be twisted, distorted, perverted by a combination of genetic predispositions and external triggers. Enjoyment can become obsession, indulgence can become addiction, stimulation can … Read More

Have a Little Faith

We all have faith in something. Don’t believe me? How do you know when you get out of bed in the morning that your feet will hit the ground… and stay there? Because you have faith in gravity, even though some of the most brilliant scientific minds still lack a definite explanation for what gravity … Read More