Our Body Positive team envisions a body positive community at UVA where everyone enjoys a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body image. Through partnerships with organizations across Grounds we work to provide resources and create awareness about these issues, as well as offer support to those affected. The data that’s available shows that college students are severely effected by body image issues and disordered eating. Through Body Positive, we strive to change that data and have received recognition for our efforts. Robbie Munn, Past Board Chair of the National Eating Disorders Association said, “We are pleased that the UVA Women’s Center is one of our NEDA partners. Their Body Positive program is an innovative program appropriate for all college campuses. It connects students, staff and faculty to share information that is critical to the healthy adjustment of college students.”
Body Positive staff and interns work with offices across Grounds to build a more body positive culture on Grounds. The UVA Coalition on Eating Disorders and Exercise Concerns is a committee of students, and multidisciplinary faculty and staff dedicated to advancing the understanding, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders and exercise abuse throughout the University community.
The Body Project
The Body Project is an eating disorders prevention intervention program. It is offered through sessions in which participants engage in group activities that provide them with opportunities to critique the thin ideal, a prevailing notion that emphasizes being thin as essential to being beautiful. Learn more about the impact of the Body Project, here.
Body Positive Toolkit for Parents
Addressing disordered eating concerns with your child can be a difficult task for parents. We saw a need for an additional resource to assist UVA parents in navigating these conversations and decided to create our Body Positive Toolkit for Parents. This digital toolkit was created with our staff’s trained eye for the best resources available for the prevention of eating disorders in college populations. We hope that the information and resources in this toolkit will help you address body image issues confidently in your family and that you will join us in working to bring about a more body positive culture at UVA.
Typical Activities for Interns on this team
Students who intern with the Body Positive team are passionate about creating a body positive culture on Grounds and are interested in issues related to body image, eating, and exercise. Our body positive interns play an important role in the annual Body Positivit-tea and in cross-Grounds coalitions that work on initiatives like Perfect Illusions and Celebrate Every Body Week.