As a group numbering 24 in all, we were charged with the task of creating a prevention initiative for athletic energy deficit (AED) in the 9-to-14-year-old female population. We spent much of our time identifying the issue and brainstorming ways to publicize the existence of AED and its associated negative impact on bone health, performance, and potential long-term complications. We highlighted groups that we felt will be needed to help us push this initiative through--among them coaches, parents and medical/health professionals--and discussed the role each of them will need to play. As a college Sports RD who spends time with athletes competing in a variety of sports from many countries and from every imaginable socio-economic background, I was able to provide a perspective on AED athletes that others in the gathering found to be a valuable view from "inside the trenches." Most notably, I conveyed Sports RD insights about how athletes' struggle with AED often continues on into the collegiate setting; and reiterated what AED athletes often tell Sports RDs regarding the extent to which their role models, parents and coaches influenced their fueling habits when in grade school and while transitioning to high school. I was also able to provide some perspective on the impact AED athletes have on their teammates; comment on the dangers of teaching them to count calories instead of responding to hunger/fullness/training demands; and shed some light on the existence of a psychological component that is common among AED athletes despite lack of a full-blown eating disorder. I will continue to be involved with the development of this initiative as it progresses. The anticipated roll-out is currently set for early 2014.