Throughout the week, mirrors around campus will be covered with posters. In the Viking Union, library, Wade King Recreation Center and Fairhaven Commons’ mirrors in the bathroom will have a poster for students to write what they love about their body.
Body Pride Week, put on by the Prevention and Wellness Services’ Peer Health Educator group Body Empowerment United, is a week to recognize and promote healthy and positive body images. An event will take place each night of the week.
“It is really important for people to know that everyone is born with a different body type,” Peer Health Educator Emily Mirza said. “You need to respect your body.”
The event week kicks off with “Food is Fun” Monday afternoon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Red Square. Body Empowerment United plans to hand out food, donated from local businesses and Aramark, and encourage students to engage in healthy eating, Peer Heath Educator Tiffany Kinsnam said.
Body Empowerment United presented Body Image and the Media on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Bond Hall. The presentation and discussion afterward focused on the media’s impact on body images.
On Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. Red Square was filled with activities. “Recess in Red Square” invited students to take a break from class and engage in healthy, fun exercise.
“People need to know that you can spread out your exercise and be healthy,” Kinsnam said.
On Thursday, a yoga session will start at 6 p.m. and go until 7:15 p.m. in VU 565A. The intention for this event is to relax the mind and promote mental health.
For the last event of the week, Body Empowerment United will sell shirts, cookbooks and showcase the posters from the campus bathrooms, which will have positive body messages. The sale will go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Vendor’s Row.
The cookbooks are collective healthy recipes from the staff, with about 25 recipes in them, and will sell for $1, Kinsnam and Mirza said. Kinsnam submitted a healthy baked yam recipe, and Mirza submitted a veggie black bean burn.
Though Body Pride Week is an annual event, it is the first time Body Empowerment United covered mirrors, Kinsnam said.
“We got the poster idea because other campuses use it,” Mirza said. “We looked to see how other schools implemented positive body image.”
This week aims to give light to people’s negative body images.
“We try to get rid of bad body talk,” Kinsnam said. “When you catch yourself talking negatively, change it to a positive body talk.”
“Be positive about your body,” she said.