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Celebrate Every Body Week promotes body positivity, builds awareness about eating disorders

Join the Women’s Center, co-sponsored with the U.Va. Coalition on Eating Disorders and Exercise Concerns, for a week of fun events aimed at promoting body positivity and raising awareness about eating disorders around Grounds.

“Celebrate Everybody Week reminds the community that we all bring something different to the table, and it’s that uniqueness that makes U.Va the wonderful place it is. There are so many more things throughout college to worry about other than what you are eating or how you look […]” said fourth-year student Kathryn Reichel, who has been interning for the Body Positive/Eating Disorders Education Initiative at the Women’s Center for the past three years.

The following are the parts of the week that the Women’s Center specifically hosts:

Great Jeans Exchange!

Instead of dieting or exercising compulsively to squeeze into too-tight jeans, donate them in exchange for a FREE Celebrate Every Body T-shirt (sponsored by the U.Va. Parents Committee). Visit Newcomb Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or the AFC from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“The main thing that we do [with Celebrate Every Body Week] is the jeans exchange. People turn in their jeans or other pieces of clothing that they use as a measuring stick to try to be a certain size,” said Amy Chestnutt, Body Positive/Eating Disorders Education Coordinator at the Women’s Center.

Men’s, women’s and even children’s clothing in good condition will be accepted. Donations go to support the Shelter for Help in Emergency.

[button color="blue" size="large" link="" target=""]Click for a story about our own Kat Reichel, Body Positive/EDEI intern.[/button]

FREE Zumba Class!

Participate in a dance workout that combines a mixture of body sculpting movements and easy to follow dance moves set to music. The class begins at 8 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 26, in the AFC Multipurpose Room 2/3 .

This event addresses “that idea of exercising for fun, and not necessarily for weight loss[…]” Chestnutt said. “A lot of what we do is related to exercise and nutrition to try to connect people to their internal cues about how they feel and what’s fun and what’s not vs. it being kind of drudgery.”

For Help:

Concerned about your relationship with food, exercise or your body? Free and confidential in-person eating disorders screenings are available at the Women’s Center. Call (434) 982-2252 for an appointment. Also, confidential online eating disorders screening are available at .

For more information, please contact Melanie Brede at or Amy Chestnutt at

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