Update And Shout Out

Dear Friends,

We’ve been meaning to follow up with each of you about our latest news and updates about what we need your help with in preparation for the Walk. After a quick analysis, we’ve seen the following needs being left wanting more.

Sharing your story: We’ve got an itch to share more about why we’re doing what we’re doing, with people around Phoenix. Everyone reading this post is interested in helping the cause, but not everyone knows why. If you’re comfortable with it, I would love to feature YOUR story on this blog explaining why you want to join the fight against eating disorders.

If you’re interested, please submit a statement of 250-400 words, with a photo of yourself, about why you’ve decided to join the fight against eating disorders to Maggie, at mpingolt@gmail.com. She will follow up in a week or so to remind you about the written samples.

Social Networking: Please help us get the word out about the Walk through any and all social media tools you have. We have two different pages on Facebook (a cause page managed through an app, as well as a basic Facebook page), a Pinterest account, an Instagram account, and a Twitter account. Check us out @PhoenixNEDAWalk. Please check these places out and pass the word on!

Making more friends: Go ahead and talk to local business and stores of interest to you and mention the Walk. If you feel comfortable enough to do so, ask for a donation (monetary or in-kind)!

Have a great rest of your week and please don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions or concerns.

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National Food Day is TODAY

Join Phoenix tomorrow in celebrating National Food Day and think local, think fresh, and think balanced. Ladies and Gents– that means all food groups.

In honor of this day, the City of Phoenix’s Green Team will host a farmers market type lunch from 11am-1pm at the City Hall plaza. Some of our favorite restaurants and city supporters will be there. Hope you can help us recognize this work on Facebook and Twitter.

Crooked Sky Farms will be on hand with a lunchtime farmers market, and attendees can sample and learn about healthy food from Squash Blossom Restaurant, Chipotle, Doctor Hummus, Artisan Food and Aramark. Enjoy demonstrations by Hyatt Executive Chef Dominic Vaccaro, Classic Cooking Academy and Herbs 2 U.

Other activities include:

  • Valley Permaculture Alliance will talk about starting a community garden.
  • ASU’s School of Nutrition and School of Sustainability will highlight its initiatives.
  • Phoenix Children’s Hospital will talk about childhood obesity awareness.

For more information, contact Gail LaTour atgail.latour@phoenix.gov or call 602-262-7119.  Visitfoodday.org for more information about National Food Day and this movement toward more healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

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Katie and Demi

Eating disorder’s aren’t just for adolescents and you’re not the only one struggling with an eating disorder. Check out these courageous women who brought eating disorders to prime-daytime TV and join us in bringing these struggles to life.

We hope you saw the benefit of this video and understand that we believe recovery is possible.

Help us walk the walk.


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Jenni Schaefer: Goodbye Ed, Hello Me

We are proud to announce that Ms. Jenni Schaefer will be speaking at the Walk, presenting her take on conquering an eating disorder and showing Ed who’s boss.

Ms. Schaefer hails from Texas, with a story of  a long, hard struggle that took her through pits of despair and feelings of helplessness. With her personal experience and the dedication to showing people that there is hope, Schaefer preaches the ability to move from being ‘in recovery,’ to being ‘fully recovered.’
You can get excited, get ready, and learn more about her here.

Until the big day,

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First Volunteer Meeting of 2012

Drum roll please…
It’s been a while since Lori and I have reached out about the Walk, but that time has come. We’ve set a date for next year’s big day (Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 6am, at the Phoenix Zoo) and have nailed down a live band too! 
Lori and I were hoping to have a volunteer meeting in a few weeks,  so we could share some of our goals, what we’re up to right now, and how we could use your help. If you are interested in attending, please let us know. 
We will be holding the meeting at Flip Dunk Sports (1515 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ) on Tuesday September 4, 2012 at 7pm. 
We look forward to seeing you there!
P.S. In the mean time, please feel free to follow our new Pinterest and Instagram action (@PhoenixNEDAWalk)!
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Your Body

Dear Walkers,

I am yours.  I am irreplaceable, unique and unlike anyone else. I am precious and I am worth preserving.

Please don’t waste your time pretending to be someone else. I am a miracle!


Your Body

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She’s strong enough, can’t we be?

While counting down the days to the Summer Olympics 2012 opening ceremonies, we wanted to highlight one athlete’s latest headline.

Olympian Hollie Anvil, an example to all of what it means to be an athlete of diversity and dedication, has made the decision to dedicate herself to recovery from her eating disorder. Sparing the details and focusing on the opportunity, let’s agree that this step towards improving her health is a huge win in our eyes!


You can find out more about Holly Anvil on her personal website, here.

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