Name: Chelsea Kronengold
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Chelsea’s Shameless Plug:@heartofkronengold on Instagram!
Note: This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
The Scrunchie Club: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us today, Chelsea! We’re so glad to have you as a part of The Scrunchie Club community.
Chelsea: I’m so happy to be part of the community!
TSC: You’ve been working for the National Eating Disorders Association for over five years - can you share more about your journey at NEDA?
CK: My journey atNEDA is not traditional - I started out as a NEDA walk coordinator and youth outreach volunteer when I was an undergrad at the University of Florida. Then, when I moved to NYC for grad school, I became a consultant for theBody Project; an eating disorders prevention and body confidence program for high school and college-aged girls. In 2015, when I graduated with my Masters in Clinical Psychology, I joined the staff full-time as a member of the Programs team. Most recently, about 2 years ago, I transitioned from our Programs team to our Communications team, and now I am our Communications Manager! Throughout my tenure at NEDA, I’ve worn a lot of different hats and have worked in almost every department!
TSC: From a communications perspective, having worked in all the different areas of the organization gives you a really great understanding of all the great things NEDA provides. What updates at NEDA are you most excited about right now?
CK: Things are always busy and always changing, and it’s really exciting. NEDA is proud to be a thought leader in the eating disorders and weight stigma/discrimination spaces. Eating disorders don’t discriminate, and therefore our community is very diverse, and we want to celebrate and acknowledge all different types of people and body sizes. Lately, most of our strategy has pivoted toward COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement and making sure that we’re putting out content that is helping to spread resources.
TSC: Outside of your 9-5, what are some of your passions and interests that keep your creative wheels turning?
CK: I recently moved to Florida, so I’m really enjoying my pool time. Aside from that, a lot of my hobbies are put on hold with social distancing. I love to color as part of my coping strategies in my eating disorder recovery, as a form of self-care and self-soothing. That's something that relaxes me.
TSC: That leads very well into my next question - How do you treat yourself with kindness?
CK: It’s been a journey - through both my job at NEDA and my personal recovery, I’ve really learned how to appreciate and value the things about me that aren’t necessarily external. For example, congratulating myself when I accomplish something, or if I’m having a bad body image day, I try to combat that by reminding myself of some of the things that I am good at or proud of myself for. Treating myself the way that I treat others.
TSC: In addition to NEDA, can you tell us about some of the causes or nonprofit organizations you support?
I’m very interested in general mental health, especially women and youth empowerment initiatives. I love organizations that encourage confidence for girls to speak up or empower girls to go vote.
TSC: What’s your favorite 90s (or early 2000s) television show?
CK: There are so many good options, but 7th Heaven was one of my favorites.
TSC: What’s your favorite 90s (or early 2000s) pop culture trend?
CK: I will always and forever love a good fanny pack!
TSC: That’s all for today! Thanks so much for your time, Chelsea!