Looking Back on 2016

2016 was a truly REbeLutionary year! While there were lots of fabulous moments, and while it was hard to choose just a few, we thought we’d share some of our favorites.


Our Ascension Catholic School chapter won the video challenge with an awesome video showcasing what being a “REbeL” means to them. Check out their inspirational video.

The 6th annual Walk to REbeL was a huge success! We can’t wait for the next one.  Save the date. The next Walk to REbeL is on Saturday, April 29th, 2017!








We had the pleasure of hosting three wonderful and beauty-full interns this summer, Gabby, Nicole, and Brooke. They were an incredible help for us and we hope they learned some things along the way.











We were a part of several community events this year. One that we look forward to every year was the annual NEDA Walk hosted by the Missouri Eating Disorder Association of KC.









We had a blast and raised a record $44,000 at our 3rd annual Be You Bash, held at the beautiful Pennway Place at Studio Dan Meiners in September.







Our Program Director, Jessica, with yoga extraordinaire, Lindsay Smith, hosted a leadership training to kick off the school year at Sar Ko Par Trails Park.










We won the $15,000 True Inspiration Awards grant from Chick-fil-A Foundation! This award will be vital to the continuation of our programming.



Lastly, which is perhaps one of the MOST exciting moments, we were invited to present our research results on the efficacy of REbeL at the International Conference on Eating Disorders! During the 2015-2016 academic year REbeL partnered with the Department of Psychology at UMKC to successfully complete our first randomized, controlled research trial. The study compared the outcomes of students in two schools who participated in REbeL to students in a control school that did not have REbeL programming. Students enrolled in REbeL, compared to the control school students, had significantly better scores on measures of body image and disordered eating attitudes and behaviors at the end of the academic year. Our presentation is only one of a small number of oral presentations at this prestigious conference, so we are very pleased and excited that this presentation will help us spread the word about the effective great work that REbeL is doing on a global scale!