I am super excited to be the Coordinator of the 2015 Madison NEDA Walk on September 20th.
My daughter suffered from a severe eating disorder in High School. Her illness, treatment, and eventual recovery set me on a trajectory of education, advocacy and activism on behalf of eating disorder awareness and prevention. Help is available and recovery IS possible.
Last fall I went to the NEDA Conference in San Antonio, and was blown away by the dedication and passion of the NEDA staff, health care providers, parents and most of all, by those in recovery; who shared their hard-won wisdom and their stories. Stories that will break your heart and lift you up.
During and after the conference I asked myself: What can I do? This event is the answer to that question.
Now, the question is – What can YOU do?
1. Register for the walk – it is going to be AWESOME! Click Here to register and/or donate
2. Create Your own team! The walk will be even MORE awesome with more friends
3. Make a contribution. Help get our fund-raising thermometer to the HOT HOT HOT setting!
4. Tell all your friends, family, neighbors and that certain someone you’ve been too shy to talk to – I can’t think of a better ice breaker!
5. If you want to learn more about Eating Disorders or my family’s journey against ED – read my posts from the ‘eating disorders suck’ menu. But not until after you’ve contributed to the walk.
Below is additional information from (and about) NEDA
The National Eating Disorders Association’s vision is to eliminate eating disorders globally by promoting positive body image and self-esteem and by discouraging dieting behaviors, drive for thinness, and body dissatisfaction. NEDA is recognized and supported by sufferers, families, health care professionals and educators throughout the world. As you can see, raising awareness for this organization is critical in order to create a world where all women, girls and men feel confident about their bodies and are embraced for who they are as individuals, not what they look like. NEDA provides critical programs and services to support individuals and families affected by eating disorders like their National toll-free Helpline, Annual Conference, Parents, Families and Friends Network, NEDA Navigators and Preventative Tookits for Parents and Educators.