I have such incredible news, you guys. NEDAwareness Week results for 2016 are in, the response to this year’s campaign went above and beyond the NEDA’s, aka the National Eating Disorders Association, wildest expectations. Thanks to the unwavering support of their partners and global constituents, NEDAwareness Week 2016 reached nearly 200 million people with information, resources, and, most importantly, the message that recovery is possible. 38,563 people took the online screening, 1,700 people sent messages to their representatives demanding legislative change, 45 buildings across the country, including the iconic Lake Eola fountain in my hometown of Orlando, Florida, shined the spotlight on eating disorders, and hundreds took the first step on the journey to recovery by contacting the NEDA Helpline, which can always be reached confidentially at 1-800-931-2237. If that’s not the definition of a successful campaign, I just gosh darn don’t know what is.
In case you missed anything that went on, click here for a short recap of the campaign’s festivities and, more importantly, what led to these epic NEDAwareness Week results. It may just be the math nerd in me talking, but talk can be cheap; numbers don’t lie. To summarize all these powerful statistics, take a look at this infographic for a full report of the NEDA’s reach and success.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again– When I is replaced by We, even illness becomes wellness. Congratulations to all my friends at the NEDA, Proud2BMe, and fellow advocates for eating disorder awareness across the world for a successful, powerful, and effective NEDAwareness Week. Cheers to reaching even more in 2017!