Hobart and William Smith Colleges will participate in the campaign for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, hosting “Love Your Body” events from Tuesday, Feb. 24 through Thursday, Feb. 26. The annual campaign was founded by the national organization, National Eating Disorder Awareness.
The events are sponsored by the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness, the Offices of Student Activities, Residential Education and Sports and Recreation, Hobart and William Smith Athletics, and will involve the efforts of a number of student volunteers.
Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Tempe Newson hopes the events will increase awareness of eating disorders and highlight campus resources.
“This year, HWS is taking a positive spin on the week by holding a ‘Love Your Body Week’ with a similar mission in mind to challenge the unrealistic societal expectations of body image that many college students hold, celebrate loving our bodies, encourage healthy behaviors, and also bring to light the seriousness of eating disorders and the resources on campus,” says Newson, who is pleased with the support the campaign has received.
The events will occur from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. each day in the Scandling Campus Center. The hashtag #HWSLoveYourBodyWeek will be used for the entire week of events to accumulate buzz and to share the experience via social media, yet some events have their own hashtag. The events include the following:
- Real Reflections: An activity using mirrors in which students can write with dry erase markers about what they see when they look inside themselves. This will also occur on the mirrors in the Bristol Field House workout room. #HWSRealReflections
- I Love the Weigh I Feel: An adapted scale will be provided in Scandling for students to weigh how they truly feel without the numbers! #HWSILoveTheWeighIFeel
- I Love My Selfie: An opportunity for students to take selfies and post them to their favorite social media sites. #HWSILoveMySelfie
- Eating Disorder Screenings: CCSW psychologists will provide free brief screenings for interested students. Discuss your results with a counselor and get information about resources on campus.
- Spinning and Zumba Classes: Go to Bristol Field House for some special classes!
“We encourage you to come out and support this campaign and learn how to reduce the stigma around eating disorders, share knowledge about resources and support, and encourage healthy behaviors on campus,” Newson adds.
For more information on NEDA, visit http://nedawareness.org