As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the Colleges are hosting “Love Your Body Week.” Throughout the week, from Monday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 26, organizations across campus are hosting events that raise awareness and promote education about eating disorders while encouraging positive body image.
The events are sponsored by the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness (CCSW), Student Activities, Residential Education, and the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation, and involve the efforts of a number of student volunteers.
“You don’t have to have an eating disorder to participate in the events; the week is really about promoting healthy eating and living habits and spreading positive body image to everyone on campus and across the community,” says Rebecca Berger, a staff psychologist at the CCSW. “We are hoping we can get students involved in a more positive way through Love Your Body Week.”
Everyday throughout the week in the Scandling Campus Center, the CCSW will host the following activities from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.:
- 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.
- I Love the Weigh I Feel: An adapted scale will be provided in Scandling for students to weigh how they truly feel without thenumbers.
- Positive Posts:Students can write affirming and positive messages on post-it notes that will be hung around Scandling Campus Center. Share your messages using#HWSPositivePosts.
- 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.
Other events being held throughout the week include:
- “Thin” Film Screening, Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room
- “Eating Disorders and Young Adults,”Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Coxe 008, a talk by Ellen Bennet from KMB for Answers, a Rochester-based organization dedicated to expanding awareness, knowledge, understanding, support and options for those impacted by eating disorders. Bennet will share her own story, providing education for eating disorders, and will be selling colorful socks in honor of “Sock it to Eating Disorders,” an initiative to raise awareness for eating disorders.
- Body Positive Yoga Class, Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m., with campus yoga instructor Jacoby Ballard in the Hirshson Ballroom.
- Yogurt Bar, Friday, Feb. 26 during lunch hours in Saga Dining Hall.
In addition to hashtags associated with individual events, students can also use #HWSLoveYourBodyWeek throughout the entire week to spread awareness and share their experiences via social media.
“By promoting awareness and decreasing stigma through these events, one of our goals is that more students will ask for help,” Berger says. “One in five college women will suffer from an eating disorder, so this is a way to shed light on it and be more proactive.”
For more information visit: http://nedawareness.org/