Jackie Bristow Run/Walk Raises Awareness About Eating Disorders

The third annual Jackie Bristow Memorial 5k Run/Walk on January 8, 2011 was a reminder that the effects of eating disorders can be deadly. The race memorializes Jackie Bristow who died at the age of 19 from heart failure, brought on by an electrolyte imbalance caused by her eating disorder. The evidence of eating disorders is not always apparent, as Jackie’s mother explained: “This is killing girls that aren’t sensationally thin,” Joan Bristow said. “It’s very secretive and it can go unnoticed for a long time.”

By the time our clients seek treatment, they have lived with their eating disorders for months, or even years. Awareness is crucial to prevention and early intervention. As we approach Eating Disorder Awareness week in February, find a race in your area and support awareness and prevention of eating disorders:


Merrick’s Walk in Atlanta, GA on March 27, 2011 http://www.active.com/running/atlanta-ga/merricks-walk-and-5k-fun-run-2011

Third Annual Freedom Run in Lancaster, PA on October 8, 2011 http://www.goracego.com/search/event.aspx?event=28eb7704-4a91-4e22-ad59-4ddba02140ae.aspx

Bust a Move 5k Run/Walk in Troy, NY on April 9, 2011 http://www.active.com/running/troy-ny/bust-a-move-5k-runwalk-2011

National Association of Eating Disorder Walks http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/programs-events/nedawareness-week-walk.php

Tampa Bay, FL February 19, 2011
Orlando, FL February 20, 2011
Oklahoma City, OK February 26, 2011
Raleigh, NC April 3, 2011
Napa, CA June 11, 2011
Long Beach, CA July 23, 2011

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