Leadership Columbia Class of 2014 Fights Eating Disorders with Class Project

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Members of the LC Class of 2014

Leadership Columbia (LC), a program of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, has selected The Hearth Center for Eating Disorders as its community service partner for their class project.

The Hearth Center for Eating Disorders is South Carolina’s first and only comprehensive center for the treatment of eating disorders. This one-of-a-kind treatment center provides four (4) levels of care: outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment programs. Located on the campus of the Carolina Children’s Home in Columbia, The Hearth was created as a healing center for children and adolescents. “We are very excited about having this year’s Leadership Class help us achieve our goal of making The Hearth a place of healing for those suffering from such a debilitating disease,” says Carolina Children’s Home’s Executive Director, Peggy Torrey.

According to The Hearth, approximately 10-15 million Americans have an eating disorder. Among women, ages 15-24, eating disorders are one of the top four leading causes of death. Of those 10 million Americans affected by the disorder, only 1 in 10 receive treatment that can range from $500 to $2000 per day with a national average cost for a month of inpatient treatment at approximately $30,000.

The 59 students of the Leadership Columbia Class of 2014 will partner with The Hearth for a 3-part project that includes: increasing community awareness of The Hearth and eating disorders; a renovation of a 2 bedroom/ 1 bathroom cottage, the Jones Cottage, an on-site house to be used for room & board; and the building of an on-site healing garden. The class has four (4) months to complete all aspects of the project and plans to partner with local businesses to collect monetary and in-kind donations. “Our class is eager to help make The Hearth a safe, affordable and welcoming place for those in and around our community. We have 59 very talented and giving individuals excited to make a difference,” says Stephen Creech, Leadership Columbia class member.

For additional information about the Leadership Columbia (LC) project, contact the 2014 LC class at LeadershipColumbiaClass2014@gmail.com or call Heather Price at 803-233-2409.

Follow the class on Twitter via @leadershipCAE, on Facebook at facebook.com/LeadershipColumbia and the Chamber Blog, which is found at colascchamber.wordpress.com.

About Leadership Columbia


The Leadership Columbia program, sponsored by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, is an initiative that provides the opportunity for leaders in the Columbia Metropolitan area to engage in dynamic civic activities.  For nearly three decades, the program has molded over hundreds of citizens into informed and productive residents of South Carolina’s Capitol City.  By providing an engaging learning environment, participants are able to understand the inner and outer workings of municipal government, education, economic development, law enforcement, and other industries ascertaining to the Columbia’s growth and progression.  The 2014 class is composed of 59 community leaders who have demonstrated a vested interest in the future of where they live, work, and play.  For more information on the Leadership Columbia program, click here.

About The Hearth Center for Eating Disorders
The Hearth Center for Eating Disorders (HCED) opened in 2013 and has a mission to facilitate healthy lifestyles through eating disorder treatment, prevention and education using family focused, evidence-based care. The HCED’s treatment team includes psychiatrists, masters and doctoral level clinicians, registered dietitians, pediatricians, certified teachers, and nurses.

About the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its members and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its members through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.

To become a member or to learn more about the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com.

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