The National Eating Disorders Association held its second annual Baton Rouge NEDA Walk, with the theme “NEDA Walk. Save a Life,” on Oct. 10 at the Riverfront Plaza.
About 80 people took part and raised just over $11,000, an increase of almost $1,000 from last year. The highest earner was Kelly Bobosky with more than $2,700.
Special guest speakers were J. Casey Martin, owner of Martin Mental Health, and Tiffany Stewart, director of the Behavior Technology Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Walk committee members are coordinators Dani Crockett, Mandie Tracy, Taylor Cole, Sara Murphy and Anna McKay
Sponsors are Martin Mental Health, River Oaks Hospital, Baton Rouge General, L’Auberge, Bet-R, Eating Disorder Center, McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers and Laureate Eating Disorders Program.
NEDA raises funds for advocacy and educational programs, spreads awareness about eating disorders and provides support for the local community. NEDA holds more than 65 walks each year, a news release said.
In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or an eating disorder not otherwise specified , the release said.