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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.

The Reality of Pain

Our imaginations are powerful. Growing up, I could play for hours by myself: dressing up in my mom’s old clothes and venturing to magical worlds, writing stories about mythical times and places, or building “forts” with my brother or friends in the living room. Escape from the monotony of everyday life was a joy – … Read More

Everyday, Choose Love. “Love Your Body Day” 2016

Love. I had romantic notions about it growing up, believing that love was a tremendous, sweeping, passionate feeling that would lead to lifelong relational satisfaction and fulfillment. Years later while engaged, at times I’d ask leading questions of my future husband.  “Why do you love me?” Naturally, I was looking for a flowery, poetic response. … Read More

No More Body-Shaming: Supermodel Emme’s #BodyBeaUtiful Social Media Campaign Lifts Off in 2016

“A New Year, a New You!” We’ve heard this phrase countless times, usually in the latest diet or exercise ad. There is certainly something restorative and motivating about beginning anew. However, that’s no excuse for the outrageous lengths to which the diet and beauty industry go to cash in on widespread body dissatisfaction and insecurity … Read More

Ever Onward, Ever Upward

The spring season brings along a spirit that reminds me of New Year’s – both are times of spiritual and emotional renewal. Rebirth. Each year, we welcome these times of setting new goals and welcoming fresh starts. We put off the old and put on the new. Snow melts and flowers bloom as we move … Read More

Celebrate a New Type of Love on Valentine’s Day

C.S. Lewis, the prolific British author, philosopher and theologian identified four kinds of that special “feeling” that we celebrate February 14th – love. He says there are four loves: affection, friendship, eros (romance) and agape (unconditional love). During the month of February, card and chocolate companies glorify eros, romantic love. Many girls grow up dreaming of … Read More

Cyber Body Image & Self-Esteem

According to Techcrunch.com, Facebook users spend an average of 441 minutes – or seven-and-a-half hours – per month browsing their News Feed and Friends’ pages. And that is just on their mobile devices! They spend another 391 minutes – or around seven hours – on the site at a desktop computer. I would venture to … Read More