After recovering from anorexia, Kristina and two other young women founded PROJECT HEAL to (i) raise money for those afflicted with eating disorders who cannot afford treatment; and (ii) to serve as mentors and role models for young women struggling with body image issues and low self-esteem. In four short years, PROJECT HEAL has raised in excess of $170,000, primarily through fundraisers soliciting private donations, and has sent seven young women to treatment. Project Heal has 17 chapters.
- Nominated by: Jane Stewart
In Her Own Words:
Kristina founded Project HEAL: Help to Eat, Accept and Live, a non-profit organization that raises money for people with eating disorders who are not able to afford treatment after she had recovered from anorexia and when she was only fifteen years old. To date, Project HEAL has raised over $170,000 and has sent seven applicants to treatment, all of whom are doing extremely well in their recovery today. Additionally, Project HEAL promotes healthy body image and self-esteem in hopes of preventing future eating disorders. Kristina speaks regularly at high schools, hospital programs and panel talks, sharing her story and educating peers on eating disorders. Additionally, she serves as a mentor to both young girls who are battling eating disorders and “normal” teenage girls who experience low self-esteem, as well as a consultant to parents, siblings, friends, and treatment providers dealing with these disorders. She shows sufferers that recovery can be attained, and inspires all people to look beyond physical appearances. There are currently seventeen chapters of Project HEAL around the country that work to spread the mission and values of Project HEAL.