Current research suggests that males struggle with negative body image at levels equal to their female counterparts. The emphasis on muscularity and the male physique promoted by culture and media poses a unique challenge for men. 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.
Student Counseling Services is looking for men interested in being leaders on campus to champion positive messages about health and wellness for men. More than Muscles provides space for men to push back against the unrealistic cultural messages about the “ideal” male body, as well as how to promote acceptance of diverse body sizes. Men will also learn concrete skills to challenge the traditional stereotypes about the male body, and champion male body positivity.
Additionally, participants learn to promote acceptance of diverse body shapes and sizes on campus, and 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 men 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.
Will you help change the narrative and be a champion for men? 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, Student Counseling Services, 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.
Implementation #1 - Tuesdays, October 20th and 27th from 5-7pm.
Implementation #2 - Thursdays, November 5th and 12th from 5-7pm.
Implementation #3 - Mondays, November 9th and 16th from 6-8pm.