The Body-Peace Corps & Eating Disorder Awareness Month

February is eating disorder awareness month

On February 1st, Body-Peace Corps members passed out awareness ribbons, event schedules, and other giveaways around campus to kick off Eating Disorder Awareness Month. You may have seen them in the fishbowl yesterday celebrating “Trash Talk Tuesday,” where attendees were encouraged “trash fat talk once and for all”.

The Body-Peace Corps is a University Health Service sponsored student organization with a mission to: educate others about the dangers of pursuing the thin-ideal; support the pursuit of a healthy ideal; build a supportive, inclusive community; and remind people that it is the size of their lives, not the size of their bodies, that counts. In addition to organizing events for Eating Disorder Awareness Month, the Body-Peace Corps offers peer-facilitated workshops, media literacy training, activism opportunities, and a speakers’ bureau. Be sure to check out the Body-Peace Corps website for information about events and resources.

There are more Body-Peace Corps-sponsored events throughout the month to raise awareness about this important issue, including a Valentine’s Day Love-Your-Body Fair, documentary screenings, a discussion about eating issues among Black women, mindful eating workshops, and drop-in yoga/Kinect classes. In partnership with MBody, UMove, and UHS, they also sponsored a popular six-week exercise class series, featuring tai chi, Zumba, and yoga in a mirror-free and supportive environment, specifically designed for folks who always wanted to try a new class but were afraid they could not keep up or fit in. (The class is full, and registration is now closed!)

Upcoming Eating Disorder Awareness Month Events:

Documentary Screening – Miss Representation (trailer)
Wednesday, February 8th at 7pm
@ Rackham Amphitheater
Due to popular demand, we are hosting another screening of this amazing documentary that examines how the media’s misrepresentation and mistreatment of women had led to the silencing of half the population and the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

Kinect with Your Body
Friday, February 10th, 3-4pm
@ The Wellness Zone at CAPS
(Counseling and Psychological Services, 3rd floor, Michigan Union)
Check out the new games at the Wellness Zone and get kinected with your body in a new way. (These games are also available for check-out any time during CAPS’ regular hours.)

Myth of the Strong Black Woman: Eating Issues as a Coping Strategy
Monday, February 13th, 1-2pm
@ Wolverine Room, Michigan Union
Dr. Joy Mutinda will explore how the performance of “strength” that is pervasive for many self-identities of Black women  contributes to feelings of sadness, anxiety, and increased levels of stress. Particular focus will be placed on the complex relationship between food,weight, stereotypical images of Black women, and the embodiment of strength.

Documentary Screening – Good Hair
Monday, February 13th at 7pm
@ Rackham Amphitheater
Actor and comedian Chris Rock journeys across the United States and into India to explore the complex relationship that black women have with their hair and shines a light on the painful and expensive lengths that they go in the pursuit of “good hair.”

Love Your Body Fair
Tuesday, February 14th, 12-4pm
@ Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Give your body a Valentine! Join us for an afternoon of food, fun, and play. We will have chair massages, henna art, games, great giveaways, and more!

Let’s Eat! Lunchtime Mindful Eating Practice
Thursday, February 16th, 12-1pm
@ CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services, 3rd floor, Michigan Union)
Bring your own lunch to this drop-in workshop to learn and apply principles of mindful eating. Increase your awareness of the eating experience, attend to your body sensations, and attune to cues of hunger and fullness.

Mindful Eating Workshop
Thursday, February 16th, 4-5pm
@ University Health Service (UHS), 4th floor
Julie Stocks, UHS Dietician, and Kellie Carbone, UHS Health Educator, will discuss the process of mindful eating and discuss its relationship to recovery from disordered or compulsive eating.

Embracing the Body with Yoga
Monday, February 20th, 7:30-8:30pm
@ The Wellness Zone at CAPS
(Counseling and Psychological Services, 3rd floor, Michigan Union)
A drop-in yoga experience focusing on grounding, connecting, and building awareness and care for your body. Yoga beginners and all physical levels are welcome.


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