Current research suggests that males struggle with negative body image at levels equal to their female counterparts. With that in mind, Student Counseling Services, in collaboration with Health Promotion and Wellness, is offering ISU men the opportunity to engage in the Body Project: More Than Muscles. This new program is designed to help male college students develop and maintain healthy body image. Through fun exercises, activities and discussions, participants learn to refute the often-unrealistic, hyper-muscular body image ideal promoted by culture and the media. Additionally, participants learn to promote acceptance of diverse body shapes and sizes on campus, and learn concrete skills to counter negative appearance talk in their daily lives.
The Body Project: More Than Muscles involves two separate, 2-hour workshops, led by trained peers. Opportunities are available for students to become trained Peer Facilitators of the program, or to sign up as Participants. The Body Project: More Than Muscles is 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, completion of the program can lead to extra credit in some ISU courses; please check with your professor for more information.
Interested? Sign up to participate or apply to become a Peer Facilitator using the links on this page. 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.
The Body Project: More than Muscles 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 18 and 25
Thursdays, March 21 and 28
Wednesdays, April 10 and 17