Student Counseling Services, in collaboration with Health Promotion and Wellness, is offering female ISU students the opportunity to engage in the Body Project, a program developed to help establish and maintain a positive body image. Using a variety of fun and engaging media literacy and self-awareness exercises, activities and discussions teach participants to embrace the healthy ideal and their own body image, counter fat-talk in their daily life, promote Body Activism, and embrace non-appearance related characteristics in themselves and in others.
The Body Project is the first scientifically supported eating disorder prevention program, but the main focus of the workshop is on body image. Over 80% of college-age women feel pressured to be a certain weight. Exposure to an unrealistic, ultra-thin ideal through the media can have a devastating effect on self-esteem and the body image of yourself and others. The Body Project is effective in challenging students' perspectives on the ultra-thin ideal and creating a more positive image of themselves.
These trainings are separated into either two workshops that last for two hours each, or four workshops that last for one hour each. Upon completion of the training, students will receive a Certificate of Participation. The Body Project is also an approved program for ISU Leads and completion of the training can be used to meet a requirement for the Leadership and Civic Engagement Pillar.
We also have training sessions for those who are interested in becoming a facilitator of the Body Project. In the training session, students learn how to facilitate the Body Project for their own RSO or other interested peers. In the participant version, we will provide trained peer facilitators for you to experience the Body Project.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jenni Thome, Body Image and Eating Disorder Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Almeda, Health Promotion & Wellness, at email@example.com.
General Implementations - Spring 2017
Implementation 1: Wednesdays, January 25 and February 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Implementation 2: Mondays, February 6 and 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Implementation 3: Tuesdays, February 21 and 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Implementation 4: Wednesdays, February 22 and March 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Implementation 5: Tuesdays, March 21 and 28 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm