Tri-State Eating Disorder Resource Team hosted the 5th Annual Greater Cincinnati National Eating Disorder Association Walk on September 12, 2015 at beautiful Glenwood Gardens in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio. The theme for the walk was “The Time For Change is NOW”, and the crisp morning sun welcomed everyone. 180 guests listened to music, browsed information tables, shopped at the Silent Auction, and enjoyed Kan-Jam, refreshments and good conversation. The Cincinnati, Ohio NEDA walk is a unique opportunity for individuals, families, treatment professionals, researchers and advocates not only raising funds, but also to share information, learn from each other, share hope, strategies for change, and information for the fight against eating disorders. Thank you to each and every person celebrating recovery with us, you are why we NEDA Walk.
Lisabeth Kaeser was the keynote recovery speaker and shared her personal story. Lisabeth shared the importance of being mindful of your body during recovery– listening to your warning signs-be aware current cultural norms can cause set-backs in recovery, but to keep fighting. She said, “I work in an industry where thin and fit is admired. My self-denial and self-discipline were applauded and even envied.” She encouraged everyone to reach out, talk about mental health, and seek a professional treatment team. Lisabeth said, “regardless of who, what or where you draw your strength from, don’t grow weary, keep fighting…. you are so worth the fight. You are more than enough. I am more than enough. Please visit the NEDA web site. It has amazing articles, testimonies, and a help line so you can navigate yourself or your loved one through the labyrinth we call….. Recovery."
Thank you for participating and we can't wait to see you next year!
We had 180 Participants, over 30 volunteers and raised over $20,000 to date. NEDA is accepting donations for The Cincinnati, OH NEDA Walk
through November 12.
Dr. Ann Kearney-Cooke, Ph.D. from Cincinnati Psychotherapy Institute was the keynote professional speaker. She stated eating disorders having the highest mortality rate of all mental illness and stressed the importance of supporting families and everyone touched by an eating disorder. Dr. Kearney-Cooke talked about how we develop behaviors over time, and they become a routine that is hard to break free from. She gave an example of animals that were enclosed in a small area during renovation of their new habitat; when the new spacious habitat was ready, they were hesitant to step outside of the small enclosed area they stayed in during the renovation. She said many times our behaviors can make us feel trapped, and we have to make the choice to change. Dr. Kearney-Cooke asked everyone to enjoy the walk with the inspirational signs along the way, return and state changes to our behavior that we are willing to make
“The Time For Change is NOW!!”
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