My name is Alvin Tran. I am a trainee and researcher for the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders, also known as STRIPED. In addition to preventing eating disorders, STRIPED aims to create “a society where girls, boys, and people of all genders can grow up at home in their own bodies.”
Through STRIPED, I promote body acceptance and advocate for legislation that would protect young children from unhealthy weight control behaviors, including disordered eating. I personally have met men and women across the Commonwealth who are recovering from eating disorders.
Their stories of recovery have inspired me and continue to fuel my efforts to advocate for policies and programs that promote body acceptance and increase access to treatment for mental health disorders. From meeting with lawmakers in Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill, I remain dedicated to ensuring that mental health, including eating disorders, continues to be a public health priority.
Last year, here in Boston, I worked alongside researchers and advocates to inform Massachusetts lawmakers about the dangers of loosely regulated dietary supplements for weight-loss that can be abused by children. I hope to see Boston and the state of Massachusetts, once again, be the nation’s leaders in taking action to protect and promote the health and well-being of our youth.
SPARK IMPACT AWARDS
SPARK Boston is Mayor Walsh’s millennial engagement initiative. Our mission is to engage the next generation of civic leaders and social entrepreneurs in the work of city government. From dedicated public servants to community builders and connectors, millennials are some of Boston’s most impactful citizens. Each year, the City of Boston celebrates the millennial contribution to our city with the Annual SPARK Impact Awards.