PI Kit & Help for PI Reps
Although no one member ever represents FA as a whole, whenever we contact people about FA, we leave a lasting impression about our organization. To preserve the integrity of FA’s image, it is important that FA Public Information Representatives follow the guidelines below and in the helpful Public Information Representative brochure in the following link:
Public Information Representative Brochure:
PI Representative Brochure (So You're a PI Rep...Now What?)
PI Kit can be accessed here:
Requesting WSI documents in Word Format:
In order to have a secure website, every document on our website is in PDF format. To request a Word version of a document, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
• In the subject line of your email, type the name of the document you need.
• In the body of the email, copy and paste the URL of the web page where the document is posted.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please email: email@example.com
1. Keep Records Organized
- Keep clearly-organized records of all your Public Information activities, so that the group has a record of the Public Information Representative’s role even after you are no longer in this position. (Appendix H)
- Keep a three-ring binder to archive what you have done (your notes, news clippings, pertinent articles, etc.) which you can then pass on to the next Public Information Representative. S/he will find the position much easier to undertake, because your notes and other documents will help to provide an understanding of this service role.
2. Use a Computer
Public Information document templates may be modified with your meeting’s information and distributed by members of local meetings. Pertinent documents may be accessed at www.foodaddicts.org under the Public Information section under the "For Members" section of the Members tab.
3. Adhere to the Twelve Traditions (Appendix R): These Traditions guide all FA public information activities.
- Tradition Three: The only requirement for FA membership is a desire to stop eating addictively.
- Example: When talking with non-FA members, communicate that FA is for anyone who is addicted to food, not just for those who are overweight. Food addiction is manifested in many ways.
- Tradition Five: Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the food addict who still suffers.
i. The only reason for doing any PI or outreach work is to help the still-suffering food addict.
ii. Larger meetings or media interviews should not be our goal. If these are achieved by skirting the Traditions, individual recovery or FA as a whole may be adversely affected.
- Tradition Ten: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the FA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
i. FA does not endorse a specific food plan.
ii. FA does not have opinions about controversial or cultural issues (i.e. why obesity is increasing in the USA, etc.)
iii. FA does not have opinions about the food plans of weight-loss programs.
iv. When speaking of a Higher Power or God, avoid religious terminology or jargon that might lend the appearance of an affiliation with any religion.
- Tradition Eleven: Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
i. FA members never use their full names or faces when speaking about FA with the media.
ii. While at their jobs, FA members only identify themselves as FA members if their primary purpose is to do FA service. For example, if an FA member is a nutritionist, s/he should not endorse FA to his/her clients. Instead, s/he may present FA as an option among many options, for people to lose weight.
iii. An FA member’s tone in all communications should be professional and informational, not promotional. FA members should not aggressively pursue media attention, interviews or media appearances. FA members do the groundwork and let their Higher Power do the rest.
- Tradition Twelve: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
i. When speaking to groups, remember that none of us represent FA as a whole. We are only sharing our personal stories and experiences. Be sure the reporter/producer/audience understands this as well. You can also show them the Anonymity Letter on our homepage under Media & Professionals.
ii. If you need help applying the Traditions to your activities, support is available from the WSI Public Information Committee via firstname.lastname@example.org, or by asking the WSI Traditions Committee Chair at email@example.com for assistance.
4. Represent FA Effectively
Remember that Public Information work is a service: Conduct the FA Public Information Representative duties with the humility, sense of usefulness and gratitude that guide all FA service work.
- Dress nicely. Remember that when representing FA, we are not professionals, but we do need to present a polished appearance.
- Use a professional demeanor on the phone and in person.
- Ensure that the FA literature you use is current and appropriate. Do not photocopy literature (except the Meeting Lists and tri-fold brochures), but rather use the Literature Order Form at http://www.foodaddicts.org to order what you need, i.e. pamphlets.
- Do not use self-designed flyers to publicize FA meetings. Use the approved flyers and Meeting Announcement Brochures developed by the PI Committee found on www.foodaddicts.org in the Public Information section under the Members tab.