This Monday is the start of Celebrate EveryBODY Week and we’re celebrating YOU! Too often students focus on the things they don’t like about their bodies, the things they want to change, and the things society tells them don’t look quite right. Her nose is too big, he’s too short, her breasts are too small, his smile is crooked, she’s overweight, he’s ugly…
Celebrate EveryBODY Week strives to change this thought process by celebrating what we appreciate about our bodies and what our bodies allow us to do!
Join IU Health Center staff and other campus partners throughout the week for body appreciation activities, inspiration, and free giveaways!
Campus #CEBW Activities
Monday, Feb. 20: Embrace movie screening – 7:00 p.m. in Ballantine 013, sponsored by IU Body Project. Also, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., stop by the SRSC, contribute to a mural, use a SnapChat geofilter, and get some cool swag!
Tuesday, Feb. 21: Body image activities, giveaways, and information about body image and eating disorders, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in SRSC and Wells Library foyers, sponsored by IU Health Center. Also, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., stop by the WIC, contribute to a mural, use a SnapChat geofilter, and get some cool swag!
Wednesday, Feb. 22: Wellness assessments, massages, giveaways, and your chance to write positive messages on the walls of Wells Library (well, one wall…just one), 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Wells Library Learning Commons, Room 138, sponsored by IU Health Center and IU Libraries. Also, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., stop by the SRSC, contribute to a mural, and get some cool swag! Check out our Snapchat filter at both locations!
Friday, Feb. 24: Stop by the SRSC from 6:00-8:00 p.m., contribute to a mural, use a SnapChat geofilter, and get some cool swag!
Outside of this week, there are many ways you can help change the way we view our bodies. Did you know that 30% of college women rate their own personal appearance as “traumatic or very difficult to handle”?
First things first, to counteract statistics like these, you can serve as a positive role model for others. Work to develop an accepting and appreciative attitude towards your own body and actively challenge the negative messages that are pervasive in our society. For example, if a friend makes a negative comment about their own or another person’s body (we call this “fat talk”), you might respond by saying “I don’t think that physical appearance is something we should be focusing on; there are so many other important things to think about like (relationships, school, work, personality, etc.).” Also, when you compliment others, focus on qualities that don’t relate to appearance.
Another way to help is to get involved in the Body Project, a peer-led interactive and discussion-based activity program. This community promotes body acceptance activism and healthy body image by challenging society’s “appearance ideal.” The Body Project has been shown to be very helpful in improving body image and reducing unhealthy dieting. For more information, please contact Chris Meno at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna VanMeter at email@example.com and follow the Body Project (Twitter; Instagram, Facebook).
We know that society’s focus on appearance and striving for “perfection” is both unrealistic and damaging to our health. Shift that focus. Let’s celebrate what our bodies can do rather than worry about how they look, this week, and every week.
Need more help? Check out COPE.