When we look back at 2017 we are excited about what we have been able to accomplish, reinvigorated by the support and involvement we received, and humbled by all that still needs to be accomplished. This year was a building year for NEDA. With support from our Board, advisors, and Network members we underwent and completed a strategic plan. This plan solidified the work we need to do and where we will focus our efforts to have the most impact. While the strategic plan is instrumental in advancing NEDA over the next five years, here are just a few of our accomplishments from this past year:
- Launched a new and improved online screening tool that resulted in 134,769 new submissions
- Grew our Walks program to 82 cities and towns with over 18,000 walkers
- Reached 49 % more people via our helpline and continued our partnership with Crisis Text Line that supports those who are in crisis 24/7
- Reached of over 530 million global media impressions and 26,000 new screenings, making the 2017 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week the most successful one to date.
- Held 13 trainings for our prevention program, the Body Project, resulting in 113 more people trained as facilitators.
- Partnered with the Eating Disorder Coalition on two federal lobby days and NEDA hosted six state lobby days.
- Led a successful advocacy campaign in Illinois to improve insurance coverage for eating disorders.
- Continued our partnerships with Facebook and Instagram to meet people where they are with resources and support.
- Embarked on another successful cause-related marketing campaign with Aerie.
We couldn’t have done any of this without our constituents, volunteers, supporters, donors, NEDA staff, and dedicated board members and advisors. Thank you. We are excited about all we can do together in the coming years.