The Center for Change, a private care center for those who suffer from eating disorders, will be participating in the National Eating Disorders Screening program.

The free screening program, sponsored by the nonprofit National Mental Illness Screening project, was developed to help educate the public about eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia, and encourages those suffering from the illness to seek help.The program provides individuals who are concerned about themselves or others with a free and non-threatening way to get answers to their questions, to see if they might be suffering from an eating disorder and to find help.

The free screening will be offered at the Center for Change during Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 24-26 between noon and 5 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

In conjunction with Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the center is offering a seminar to the public, from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25. Dr. P. Scott Richards, research director at the center and co-author of the article "Spiritual Issues and Interventions in the Treatment of Patients With Eating Disorders," will be featured. At 7 p.m., a panel discussion will be presented by Dr. Harold Frost, president of the Center for Change, along with eating disorder survivors who will share their stories and answer questions.

Professionals are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 224-8255.