Keep Hope Alive – Choosing Life Over an Eating Disorder

Tuesday, November 17th @ 7pm

REGISTER: with Debra Hopkins, President/Founder, Breaking The Chains Foundation

Join us for an insightful, meaningful, & encouraging presentation on the aspects of hope, building an army to support that hope, and magnifying the idea there is “extraordinary” in each person. She believes full recovery and healing is possible from an eating disorder and takes a personal inside look of one’s journey by creating an enriched sense of self-efficacy, self-discovery, and self-love.

By sharing her personal experience which includes what is commonly referred to as The Alice in Wonderland syndrome, a disorienting sense of visual perception, Debra will discuss how it affected her, how she learned to overcome it, and how she came to express it in her story, “Finding Alice”.

In addition to her personal story, Debra also chats:

  • What are eating disorders, the stigma & shame associated with them.
  • Tapping into health & wellness within our own choices & what that means to our happiness and engaged daily living.
  • Identify common feelings and emotions between body/food relationships during Covid & the holidays.
  • The relationship between eating disorders & mental health
  • Provide useful resources and support


Breaking The Chains Foundation presents

JULY 8th – Wednesday, 11am – 12pm PST

After registering, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link. Please share with your friends or people you know who might be interested, so they can register too. (We’d like people to register to get their unique Zoom link)

INSIDE OUT: a movement and dance workshop for every body

Goals: To experience movement and dance as resources for connection and renewal.

Join artists and sisters Devon and Alex on a facilitated experience (accompanied by music) during which you will give yourself permission to move freely, listen to your body and have fun. Dance and movement have been proven to calm the nervous system and cultivate resilience. Moving can also help us tap into a deeper, wise part of ourselves. Every Body is welcome, and no prior dance experience is needed.

Audiences: 14 +


“I had such a blast in your workshop! It was so relaxing and so fun. Thank you.”

“Your (Devon and Alex) presence’ gave people the space and vulnerability to be open, explore and share. My heart feels so much lighter now.”

“It was the best group Zoom/virtual experience I have had to date. The experience felt like an opportunity to continue healing… and to pay attention to the inner sensations of my body when I move, letting go of my inner (very critical) voice.”

“Today’s workshop was so beautiful. Almost even better that we did it virtually (on Zoom) in our own spaces because I couldn’t be influenced by anyone else’s movements or expectations.”

#NoDietDay 2020, Wednesday, May 6, 2020

#NEDANetwork organizations are teaming up for #NoDietDay and invite you to join us in promoting healthy relationships with food, movement, and body image!

This movement, promoting the elimination of the shame associated with society’s standards of beauty and respect for all body shapes and sizes, will take place on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020.

1. Share the NEDA Network’s social media posts about No Diet Day (don’t forget to use the hashtags #NoDietDay and #NEDANetwork), any time leading up to and on No Diet Day.

2. Complete the PLEDGE to reject diet culture any time leading up to or on May 6th. (

3. Participate in a FREE virtual workshop in support of a more balanced relationship with food and body image presented by Becca Clegg LPC, CEDS-S, author of Ending the Diet Mindset on May 6th from 1:30-3pm EST.

4. Log onto Twitter on No Diet Day and participate in the 2020 Twitter Chat from 6- 7:30pm EST.  Facebook event

In celebration of #NEDAwareness Week, Breaking The Chains Foundation presents a Livestream Music & Art Event: “Elements of Expression”!

BIG NEWS: Breaking The Chains Foundation is the first eating disorder platform to present at the 4th Annual World Wide Women’s Girls Festival at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California on November 9th, 2019

Past Events

Body Love Month at USC - October 24th

Breaking The Chains Foundation Celebrates “Body Love Month” at USC SAGE’s signature event, Body Love Fair on October 24th! 

A fair to celebrate the beauty and worth of all bodies and foster a healthy relationship with yourself and body!

Be sure to stop by our table between 11 AM and 2 PM to get a picture and some tips on “How to Love Yourselfie” from Breaking The Chains Foundation Celebrity Spokesperson/Board Member Jillian Rose Reed from MTV’s “Awkward”.

Beyond Existence: Body Film Premiere - September 28th

New Breaking The Chains Film Premiere

Breaking The Chains Foundation is premiering their new short film, “Beyond Existence: Body” at the Hungry Event in Hermosa Beach on September 28th!

For more information and tickets see below:

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Say It Brave Online Event

Join Eating Recovery Center for this month’s FREE Say It Brave Online Event with special guest Debra Hopkins, President/Founder of Breaking The Chains Foundation chatting about BTCF!

Thursday, July 25th – 5:00 pm PST / 8:00 pm EST
“In this Say It Brave event, we’re going to delve into what we can do when societal shame tempts us to hide our true emotions and specific ways we can:
  • Find the courage to experience envy long enough to learn from it
  • Let our sources of envy signal to us what is missing in our lives and inspire actionable steps
  • Create more space inside for universal experiences of “good” and “bad” emotions”
“A special thanks to our community partner: Breaking the Chains Foundation.” Eating Recovery Center
To sign up for the webinar, click here:


Friday June 28, 2019 — 6:30pm

Monarch PR x Breaking The Chains Foundation
Please join us, BTCF Artist Ambassador Serena Laurel and an amazing line up of singers/musicians!
Free Music – Doors 6:30 pm – Music 9:30 pm – Craft Beverages & Food Available
RWALL Paint Lounge
345 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Tanna Frederick’s Film “Two Ways Home” World Premiere

Breaking The Chains Foundation aligns with NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) on Tanna Frederick’s Film “Two Ways Home” World Premiere as an Official Selection of Dances With Films 22 film festival. Supporting Mental Health Awareness June 15, 2019 at the Historic TCL Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Tanna Frederick (Defrost, Hollywood Dreams) stars alongside Tom Bower (Die Hard, Waltons) in her first produced narrative feature film Two Ways Home. A film from the heart, raising awareness about mental health in cooperation with aligned charities including  and .  Two Ways Home was directed by Ron Vignone, from an original screenplay by Richard Schinnow.


As a proud NEDA Network Member and sponsor, we walked as a team to support one another and a big community of those who endlessly work to raise awareness to Eating Disorders.

BTCF Celebrity Ambassadors Carolyn Hennesy and Brooke Lewis. Photo by Edward Tovmassian

Come As You Are Week

Loving Yourselfie Day

Live Art-Based Workshop

IAEDP Chapter Gala - October 13, 2018


Jillian Rose Reed - Sept 8, 2018


Celebrity Spokesperson for Breaking the Chains Foundation
is a guest speaker on SHOW UP LA Mental Health Panel
presented by SHOW UP SERIES
on September 8, 2018 at the Kim Sing Theatre.

NEDA Walk 2018

We walked as a team to support  each other and the greater cause of bringing awareness to Eating Disorders. We are committed to education and raising funds in order to change the conversation of Eating Disorders. BTCF works with artists and art based communities to ignite a fire to light a whole new path to recovery.

Fall Reception 2016

In October, 2016- Glitter Magazine’s #SelfLoveCampaign sponsored and helped BTCF celebrate self-love and recovery at Breaking The Chains Foundation First Annual Fall Reception, hosted by board member Jennifer Oleff and her husband Doug Oleff.



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