HOUSTON, Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MentorCONNECT, the first global non-profit eating disorders mentoring organization, was recently named as a Wellsphere Health Impact Award winner.
Wellsphere, the fastest growing health and wellness technology company, grants this honor to organizations and individuals who strive to improve the lives of patients and people in their field. The criteria upon which contenders were evaluated for the award included providing support, conducting research, improving levels of care, raising awareness of a health issue, promoting prevention and proactive care, providing and supporting education, and demonstrating a drive to inspire and motivate others.
MentorCONNECT not only met but exceeded the criteria in each of these categories. Since its inception in 2009, the organization's membership has grown from 35 members to more than 1,800 members in 16 countries around the world. MentorCONNECT's leadership works continuously to provide a high quality peer-based, non-medical recovery network to support individuals who are fighting to recover from eating disorders. It is estimated that between 1 and 4 percent of the population currently suffers from eating disorders, and those numbers continue to increase.
Members of MentorCONNECT can participate in a wide variety of individual and group mentoring-based activities including matching with a recovered person, or mentor, for one-on-one peer support. MentorCONNECT also hosts a monthly free teleconference series featuring nationally known recovery experts. This series is designed to reach out to the general community to share more information about eating disorders.
MentorCONNECT also maintains an outreach website (http://www.eatingdisordermentoring.org) to share useful information about the low- or no-fee services of sister mentoring-based organizations which serve friends, family members, and health professionals.
When asked about receiving the Wellsphere Health Impact Award, Shannon Cutts, Executive Director for MentorCONNECT, shared that, "MentorCONNECT is honored to be recognized by Wellsphere, a worldwide online health organization with the mission to help others live happier, healthier lives. In this, MentorCONNECT and Wellsphere share a common goal in providing a network of support to connect those who are struggling with those who can help."
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Executive Director, MentorCONNECT
More About Wellsphere
Founded by Stanford University Business School graduates, Wellsphere is based in San Mateo, CA. The fastest growing health and wellness technology company, Wellsphere develops Web and mobile technologies that help millions of people live healthier, happier lives by providing a free consumer health website at http://www.Wellsphere.com, and building online health platforms for large organizations.
More About MentorCONNECT
MentorCONNECT, a non-profit organization, is the first global eating disorders mentoring community. Females and males aged 14 and up actively engaged in recovery from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders not otherwise specified are encouraged to join. Members can match with a mentor for individual support, participate in group mentoring activities, join in weekly support group meetings, receive daily supportive emails, enjoy monthly teleconferences, create a personal recovery blog, and more. MentorCONNECT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID: 32041949804). http://www.mentorconnect-ed.org