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. 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. Additionally, the program can also be completed for extra credit in some courses (consult with your professor),and can meet sorority programming requirements.
To sign up as a Participant, request the program for your group, or apply to be a Peer Facilitator, see the links on this page. 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.
2018-19 Body Project Facilitators
Please note that requests for the Body Project or Body Project: More Than Muscles will not be accepted during Summer and Winter Break. The programs run during the Fall and Spring semesters only.
Mondays, February 4 and 11
Wednesdays, February 20 and 27
Wednesdays, March 20 and 27
Tuesdays, April 2 and 9
Thursdays, April 11 and 18