Two volunteers, Heather and Emma Bruner, helped Paula put together a "True Beauty" board.  This board signifies what beauty is.  It shows that magazine photos are unrealistic and should not be something we should strive to look like. 

Real beauty has flaws.  It is the imperfections in each of us that makes us uniquely beautiful.  Real beauty comes from within.  This board and the photos taken in front of it show us just what true beauty is.  It is in all of us.  Be-YOU-tiful!

(True Beauty photographs by Heather Bruner.)

The day of the 2nd Annual NEDA Walk of Dearborn County began as a cold, dreary morning.  Just in time for the beginning of the walk, the rain stopped and the skies cleared to make room for the beautiful sun.  Mother Nature seemed to understand the importance of our walk and wanted to help us shed some light on eating disorders.

For the second year in a row, our volunteers and walkers came together to promote positive body image and support individuals and families affected by eating disorders.  The walk was once again located along the Ohio River on the Dearborn Trail.  This year, however, Ivy Tech Community College allowed us to set up in their pavilion which was the perfect location for our speakers, entertainment, and booths.  Not to mention it had a gorgeous view of the river!

The speaker, Meghan Anne Feran (pictured on the right), is not only an author, but a survivor.  Meghan shared with us her story of battling an eating disorder and read us an excerpt from her book, "To the Moon and Back".  In addition to Meghan, the founder of the Tri-State Eating Disorder Resource Team, Paula Bruner, also spoke to the group. 

Our volunteers and walkers once again helped our walk become a tremendous success.  Thank you so much to everyone for your hard work, dedication, and willingness to support us on our mission to promote healthy body image and positive self-esteem.  We could not do it without you!

We also had some spectacular entertainment straight from Nashville, Tennessee!  The Falk Sisters (pictured to the left) performed live music, including their 'Cosmo Girl' award-winning song, "Deadly Beauty".  Their guitars and beautiful voices were perfect entertainment for our walk!

In addition to our live entertainment, we had face painting for the kids as well as a raffle with some amazing prizes.  At the pavilion, we had booths set up with information about eating disorders and our life-size "Let's Get Real, Barbie!"

September 8, 2012

The 2nd Annual NEDA Walk of Dearborn County