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MentorCONNECT Joins with the National Eating Disorders Association for the 3rd Annual Virtual Walk, a Social Media-based Awareness and Fundraising Event for Eating Disorders.

Aim of weeklong event, dubbed "Everybody Knows Somebody," is to increase support for those struggling with eating disorders eating disorders, in psychology, disorders in eating patterns that comprise four categories: anorexia nervosa, bulimia, rumination disorder, and pica. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by self-starvation to avoid obesity.  and body image issues

HOUSTON, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Eating Disorders Association The Eating Disorders Association, known as beat since February 2007, is the major British medical charity in the area of eating disorders. It is dedicated to helping people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other eating disorders, and providing  (NEDA) and MentorCONNECT, the first global eating disorders nonprofit mentoring community and NEDA Network organizational partner, are proud to present their 3[sup.rd] Annual " Virtual Walk ," a worldwide social media-based awareness and fundraising event during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week , February 24-March 2.

Themed "Everybody Knows Somebody", the aim of this weeklong event is to increase acceptance of and support for those with eating disorders and body image issues. An equally important goal is to raise awareness of free recovery resources for those who need support. This is significant because eating disorders are potentially fatal illnesses that tend to unfold in conditions of silence and secrecy. For most sufferers, the recovery process only begins once the person is able to open up about their struggles to others and receive support.

The 3[sup.rd] Annual "Virtual Walk" co-hosted by NEDA and MentorCONNECT offers an interactive, innovative and fun way for recovering persons, their loved ones and the greater community to "walk" via social media in support of eating disorder eat·ing disorder
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Any of several patterns of severely disturbed eating behavior, especially anorexia nervosa and bulimia, seen mainly in female teenagers and young women.
 awareness and recovery. This "Virtual Walk" format makes participation effortless regardless of location, schedule, medical restrictions or family obligations. The only requirement to participate is access to the Internet.*

Virtual Walk contributions support the nonprofit work of NEDA and MentorCONNECT. All donations make it possible for these two organizations to continue providing free recovery support services support services Psychology Non-health care-related ancillary services–eg, transportation, financial aid, support groups, homemaker services, respite services, and other services  for another year. Both organizations also want to recognize and thank supporting eating disorder treatment center sponsors Healthy Within, Center for Change and Timberline timberline, elevation above which trees cannot grow. Its location is influenced by the various factors that determine temperature, including latitude, prevailing wind directions, and exposure to sunlight.  Knolls whose contributions help to make this year's Virtual Walk event possible.

*Participation is just a click away! Go to www.nedawalk.org/virtual2013

For more information please contact: Alison Smela (alison@mentorconnect-ed.org)

More about NEDA Reaching millions every year, NEDA campaigns for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding Research funding is a term generally covering any funding for scientific research, in the areas of both "hard" science and technology and social science. The term often connotes funding obtained through a competitive process, in which potential research projects are evaluated and  to better understand and treat eating disorders. NEDA also works with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.www.NationalEatingDisorders.org

More about MentorCONNECT MentorCONNECT is the first global eating disorders nonprofit mentoring community. Recovering persons (ages 14 and up) are encouraged to join to receive confidential, non-medical, peer-based individual and group mentoring support. www.mentorconnect-ed.org

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