the HAES® files: In the summer haze, a season full of HAES-inspired events!

by Health At Every Size® Blog

by Amy Herskowitz,MSc

Being connected to various size acceptance and fat activism listservs, blogs, online groups and social media sites allows us to broadcast some of the incredible events going on around the globe, both virtually and in-person that are welcoming, celebratory, educational, political, or any combination of these, and more.

Today’s blog post invites your participation to share this season’s open HAES events in your area, or online. By “open,” we mean events that are not by invitation only. Let us know what you’re excited to attend! Use the comment field to note when the event is taking place (date and time), where it’s being held (Address, City, Country or online URL) and give us a blurb to describe the occasion, whether costs are involved or any other pertinent information that your fellow size acceptance tribe would want to know.

We’ll start you off with two awesome events — one face-to-face and one virtual:

  • August 9 – Fat and Beachin’! Location: Hanlan’s Point beach, Toronto Canada. We need a Fat, Awesome and Queer beach day!!! Let’s go to Hanlan’s and get as naked as we wanna and fat it up at the beach!! Allies are also more than welcome but please, this is meant to be a safe space for fat folks to hang out!! We’ll meet at the ferry docks for 2 pm and the host will bring a bright umbrella which you can then use to find the group if you want to join them later on.
  • August 22 – 24 – Fat Activism Conference: Looking for more skills to advocate for yourself in the doctor’s office and beyond? Check out the Fat Activism Conference.  Three days, 40 speakers, 30 workshops, teleconference style so that you can listen on the phone or computer from wherever you are, recorded so you can listen live or on your own time, only $39 with a pay-what-you-can option to make it accessible to as many people as possible.  Check it out!

8 Comments to “the HAES® files: In the summer haze, a season full of HAES-inspired events!”

  1. I have always had an incredible time at NAAFA’s Annual Convention. This year I won’t be able to attend because of a family commitment but the dates are : Friday, Aug 8, 2014 – Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. For more information go to

  2. I’m going to the NAAFA conference in Washington, DC. Hope to see you there! –Barbara


    August 8 through Sunday, August 10, 2014. Full registration is available for $150. A Saturday-only pass is available for $100.

    NAAFA is pleased to announce that we have made arrangements for accommodations at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport Hotel, 2200 Centreville Road, Herndon, VA 20170. Rates will be an amazing $84.00 per night single and $94.00 per night double occupancy. Breakfast included.

    Our focus at this conference will be on networking and NAAFA’s plans for the future. Workshops will include: enjoyable movement classes, focus on health not weight, men’s issues, an update on the End Bullying Now Campaign and the Size Savvy Project introduced by the Clark County Chapter in Nevada this year. The evenings will be filled with fun events such as a networking party, pizza party, talent show and karaoke with a swim party to cap off each evening.

  3. I just heard about a virtual Fat Activism Conference via Ragen Chastain. This virtual conference, on August 22-24,2014, is for people of all sizes who are interested in creating a world that respects the diversity of body sizes. It is for people of all sizes who are interested in fighting the bullying, stigmatizing, shaming, and oppression faced by fat people, and issues of intersectionality.

  4. The Online Eating Psychology Conference ends today but can still be viewed for 24 hours (through Saturday 7/26) and then for a fee after that. I am a presenter – my interview aired today and covers a lot of HAES territory. Golda Poretsky and Connie Sobczak also talked about HAES on Day 3. To view my interview, register (for free) here:, then go to “Day 5” and scroll down to my picture – click on the “Welcome” frame to the right of my picture, and watch. It’s a little under 45 minutes long. Thanks!

  5. September 1 marks the release of Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Leave Out, Get Wrong, or Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight (, co-authored by Linda Bacon & Lucy Aphramor.

    I’ll be speaking across the U.S. and Canada. Here’s a sampling (details can be found on the speaking page of my website (

    August 14th, 2014, Cultivating Body Respect, Personal and Political (half day workshop co-facilitated with Lucy Aphramor), Chicago, Illinois.

    August 15th, 2014, Promoting Diversity, Redressing Inequity, and Seeking Social Justice in Dietetics (Opening Plenary), Critical Dietetics conference, Chicago, Illinois.

    August 16th, 2014, The Resilient Advocate: Cultivating Strategies for Managing Resistance to Critical Thought, Critical Dietetics conference, Chicago, Illinois.

    September 19, 2014, Dietitians of Canada conference, Toronto, Canada.

    October 23, 2014, Canadian Diabetes Association Professional conference, National Nutrition Committee symposium: A Health-Centred Approach to Diabetes Management: Shifting the focus away from weight to one of health, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    November 7-8, 2014, The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, Towson, MD.

  6. Check out my body positive retreat coming up!

    Learn to Love Your Body on Retreat
    Join yoga teacher Kimber Simpkins for three days of learning how to become your body’s best friend. Starting wherever you are, you can end the struggle and find a lasting peace with your body. Women of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds are invited to take this vital step in deepening their relationship with themselves. $589 includes shared accommodations at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, five gourmet meals, yoga, instruction, pool and hot tub, and an exclusive pre-release copy of her soon-to-be-published memoir, Full: how one woman found yoga, eased her inner hunger, and started loving herself.  Space is limited. Aug 15-17

    Over three days at a beautiful resort in Sonoma,
    we’ll explore yoga, meditation, and contemplation
    to learn how to:

    Let go of negativity around our appearance
    Be a better friend to our bodies
    Counteract media messages
    Nourish ourselves with mindfulness and love
    Create new habits of self-care
    Set healthy boundaries based on self-respect

    “Kimber’s open and generous discussion of her body issues–and that of the other women in the workshop–helped me understand my own and taught me easy ways to overcome them. Highly recommended for anyone who would like a better relationship with their body.” T.W.

    Contact to register.

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