September 3, 2011

1st Annual NEDA Walk of Dearborn County

The first annual Dearborn County, Indiana NEDA Pledge Walk brought together our community to increase eating disorder awareness and raise funds for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in a fun way.  Our walkers helped to promote positive body image while helping individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

Before the walk began, a few speakers took the stage to shed light on eating disorders and to tell their personal stories.  Scott Bullock, from the Linder Center of Hope, spoke first about the seriousness of eating disorders.  He was followed by Christi Frazier Stewart and Meghann Disch Mayfield.  They shared their personal stories of having a friend with an eating disorder.  The last, but certainly not least, speaker was the founder of the Tri-State Eating Disorder Resource Team, Paula Bruner.  Her heartfelt words were the perfect beginning to a walk filled with hope and promise.

Our walk was located at the Dearborn Trail  along the beautiful Ohio River.  The walk began in Lawrenceburg, IN at the beginning of the trails.  The  5K (3.1 miles) walk was full of inspiring messages and informative posters to promote positive body image and bring awareness to eating disorders. 

After the walk on that sultry morning in September, the walkers and volunteers gathered back at the beginning of the Dearborn Trail to see who won the spectacular raffle prizes and to spend time with each other.  The 1st Annual NEDA Walk of Dearborn County was a tremendous success that was a beautiful beginning to raising much needed awareness in our local community.  Thank you so much to the wonderful volunteers and walkers that made our event such a success!