Health knowledge made personal
Birthday: May 7
It all began with the love of a mother for her daughter. In the early 1970's, Vivian Meehan, ANAD's president and founder, was a nurse at a hospital in Highland Park, Illinois when she was faced with a tragedy?a family member was struck with anorexia nervosa. Because she was in the medical field, she thought that she could easily research the field and find answers. To her dismay, there was literally no information for sufferers or families and no support systems. ANAD wages campaigns against harmful advertising which promote eating disorders, and it has convinced companies like Revlon, Hershey and Channel to drop their detrimental advertising. Recently, ANAD has campaigned against the pro-anorexia sites on the internet and has been successful in identifying these destructive sites. With the cooperation of companies like Yahoo, the problematic sites are removed. The Media and Internet Guardian program continues full force today to meet this challenge.
All ANAD services are FREE. None of this would be possible without ANAD volunteers. They are the heart and soul of ANAD. Our administrative costs are very low because of the devoted individuals who have provided hours of work and pro-bono services. Today, ANAD continues to grow with an additional focus on using the internet to reach more people and providing more services. As always, there is a human and personal touch that makes ANAD so unique.
PEOPLE: Vivian Hanson Meehan - Founder of ANAD