Eating Recovery Day 2017: Don’t Miss Our Letter of Thanks to You
Last week we celebrated Eating Recovery Day with the theme “#DontMissIt.” Our goal was to come together as a community to talk about eating disorders in as many ways and places as we could. Through our collective voices we are able to raise awareness so others don’t miss the signs of an eating disorder. We raise awareness so others don’t miss out on getting the treatment they need.
Our gratitude goes out to you because YOU delivered. We are overwhelmed by your support and commitment to increasing awareness and removing the stigma about eating disorders.
Today, we would like to showcase just some of your truly inspiring contributions to Eating Recovery Day 2017.
Jenni Schaefer organized a Blogger Roundup again this year where a diverse panel of bloggers were invited to write about what #DontMissIt means to them. The bloggers were amazing and they all brought a different dimension of the theme to life. We want to thank these amazing, brave and loving friends for participating this year:
- Nikki DuBose, published a vlog on Project Heal’s website reminding us: “Don’t Miss Loving Yourself in Recovery.”
- Brian Cuban wrote about the importance of being vulnerable in your recovery.
- Jenni Schaefer talked about current “healthy eating trends” that are many times “dieting in disguise.”
- Chevese Turner, founder of the Binge Eating Disorders Association debunked the myth of eating disorders based on body size.
- Nancy Clarkson recounted how she missed herself when she allowed her daughter’s eating disorder to take control of all their lives; she reminds us that self-care is so important.
- Kara Richardson Whitely wrote about the important life experiences she missed out on because of her eating disorder.
- Monqueescha Walker’s story of reaching out for help and experiencing recovery reminds us all about the power of believing.
- Eric Dorsa shared his inspiring story about how recovery helped him rediscover his truth.
The Blogger Roundup was just the beginning of the community events. During the days leading up to Eating Recovery Day and on the day itself, many of our partners used their social media platforms to talk about the many dimensions of #DontMissIt.
- The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) hosted a Recovery Roundup Twitter Chat Party with Jenni Schaefer, Brian Cuban, Nikki DuBose and Robyn Cruze as guests. Dozens of Twitter followers participated.
- Dr. Partha Nandi invited ERC to participate in a Facebook Live event on his page in recognition of Eating Recovery Day. Jenni joined Dr. Nandi to talk about not missing the warning signs of an eating disorder. Healthline also live streamed the event, which resulted in over 43,000 views!
- Paige Smathers, RD, invited Jenni as a guest on her podcast to talk about how the theme #DontMissIt played a critical part in her recovery from PTSD.
- Denver’s 9 News broadcasted a Facebook Live stream with our clinical team as they staffed the Eating Recovery Day Hotline in their studio.
- Panera Bread, Torchy’s Taco’s and The Corner Café & Bakery all participated in a fundraiser with proceeds going to the Eating Recovery Foundation.
- Alia Green and Ellie Herman held a Facebook Live event announcing ERC’s new podcast, Mental Note.
- And to wrap up our day, Jenni and Nikki DuBose hosted one final Facebook Live that was joyous and hopefilled.
Recovery Ambassador Social Missions
This year we activated over 400 of our Recovery Ambassadors to use their social media accounts to participate in a variety of activities during the week. Each day, they received a Social Mission, such as sharing an infographic, inviting their family and friends to Eating Recovery Day, asking them to share their own story or message of hope, and more. Thanks to their social shares, an even greater number of people were talking about eating disorder awareness, treatment and recovery.
Please check out this inspiring video posted by another one of our Ambassadors on Facebook!
And speaking of Recovery Ambassadors, watch this video clip of Recovery Ambassador Council member Nicole Griswold as she speaks on behalf of the Eating Recovery Foundation.
These were just the beginning of the conversations and awareness generated in social media. On Instagram alone, there were over 640 posts for #eatingrecoveryday and Facebook messages were shared and seen by thousands of community members!
Actor, director and screenwriter Clark Gregg showed his support and generated nearly 10,000 likes with this one post:
Family Support Center
On Eating Recovery Day, we also unveiled our Family Support Center, which is free and accessible to all family members and caregivers regardless of where their loved one sought treatment. The support from the professional community was immediate and remarkable. We’d like to thank you for sharing information about the Family Support Center in your social media accounts so even more caregivers can take advantage of these new resources:
New Directions With Erica
Whitney Geenen, MS, LPCC, EDIT Certified Therapist
Pratt Institute Health and Counseling Center
ED is not your friend
New Directions With Erica
The Next Chapter, LLC
From all of us at Eating Recovery Center: Thank You
Together, we can use our collective voices to raise awareness and save lives. The outpouring of support was truly incredible and we wish we could thank everyone individually.
So thank you for making Eating Recovery Day so very special. (And yes, we’re already busy planning Eating Recovery Day 2018!)