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Leading the Fight Against Eating Disorders, NEDA Hosts 5th Annual Pittsburgh Awareness Walk


The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and its national walk sponsor, Aerie, have teamed up to hold the 5th annual Pittsburgh NEDA Walk on April 23, 2017 at the Schenley Plaza in Oakland. Themed NEDA Walk, Save a Life, NEDA Walks spread awareness about the seriousness of eating disorders and build supportive, local communities of hope and recovery.

Pittsburgh, PA, April 12, 2017 --(PR.com)-- One of Over 60 Walks Across the Country, the Event Will Raise Funds to Support Those Affected by the Deadliest Mental Illness

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and its national walk sponsor, Aerie, have teamed up to hold the 5th annual Pittsburgh NEDA Walk on April 23, 2017 at the Schenley Plaza in Oakland. Themed NEDA Walk, Save a Life, NEDA Walks spread awareness about the seriousness of eating disorders and build supportive, local communities of hope and recovery.

In the United States alone, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and, binge eating disorder. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, but money raised from the walk will help fund NEDA’s lifesaving programs designed to support individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

Said Claire Mysko, CEO of NEDA, "No one should have to face an eating disorder alone. That’s the ultimate goal of NEDA Walks – to build community and make sure that everyone has access to the support they deserve. The money we raise at these walks translates to a lifeline for those with nowhere else to turn, funding the National Eating Disorders Helpline, crisis intervention services and much more. Together, we can send the message that full recovery is possible and come one step closer to a world without eating disorders."

Each year, nearly 20,000 participants in over 60 walks in cities across the country gather to bring communities together in the fight against eating disorders. The Pittsburgh NEDA Walk will feature special guest speakers Trish Lieberman, a Registered Dietitian and the Director of Nutrition at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia and Allison Garda, who recovered from anorexia and went on to receive a medical degree.

What: National Eating Disorders Association’s 5th annual Pittsburgh NEDA Walk
Special guest speakers: Trish Lieberman, MS, RD, LDN and Allison Garda, MD

When: 4/23 @ 10 a.m. (Registration/check-in begins at 9 a.m.)

Where: Schenley Plaza- Mary Schenley Fountain, 650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

To pre-register, visit www.nedawalk.org/pittsburgh2017 or call 212-575-6200

Available for Interview:

Laurie Garda. Laurie got involved in NEDA after her daughter recovered from an eating disorder as a teenager. She believes in the importance of creating awareness of eating disorders as serious illnesses and sharing the message of hope for recovery. This is her fourth year organizing the Pittsburgh Walk.

Trish Lieberman, MS, RD, LDN. Trish is a Registered Dietitian and the Director of Nutrition at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia. She grew up in nearby Grove City and is honored to support NEDA in Pittsburgh as The Renfrew Center expands services in the city.

Allison Garda, MD. Allison suffered from anorexia for several years in high school before entering residential treatment as a freshman in college. Since achieving a full recovery, she has graduated from medical school and obtained a residency position in Radiation Oncology at Mayo Clinic. She credits her successful recovery, in part, to her family’s unrelenting love and support.

About the National Eating Disorders Association
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the leading U.S. non-profit organization supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Each year, NEDA helps millions of people across the country find information and appropriate treatment resources through the National Eating Disorders Helpline (800.931.2237), its many outreach programs and website. For more information, visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

About Aerie
Aerie, a subsidiary of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., is bras, undies and more for every girl and is committed to making girls of all sizes feel good about themselves, inside and out… because we believe the real you is sexy. No supermodels. No retouching. #aerieREAL. For more information, please visit www.aerie.com

Contacts:

National Eating Disorders Association
Greenleaf & Associates — 323-660-5800
Kelly Williams — kelly@greenleafandassociates.com

On-Site
Laurie Garda — 412491-2261 (cell)

Aerie
Helga Ying — yingh@ae.com
Contact Information
NEDA
Laurie Garda
4124912261
Contact
https://www.nedawalk.org/pittsburgh2017

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