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Body Positive

December 23, 2021

body positive course instructors

This spring two members of our Counseling & Wellness Services Team are teaching Body Dignity and Intersectionality, an elective course for BSN and CNL students. The course will focus on evaluating the current Body Positive narrative through a social justice lens via historical and contemporary narratives of bodies, diversity, and systemic oppression.

November 16, 2021

making space for healing graphic

In October, the Women’s Center’s Body Positivity team hosted an event in coordination with the Multicultural Student Center (MSS) featuring LA-based activist Gloria Lucas, founder of Nalgona Positivity Pride (NPP), an in-community eating disorders and body positive organization dedicated to creating visibility and resources for Black, Indigenous, communities of color.

October 07, 2021

Gloria Lucas

October 19, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Attend online or come to the Multicultural Student Center for a live screening. 

Representation of eating disorders as a white, middle-class phenomenon exacerbates the suffering of people of color and indigenous populations with troubled eating who often go undiagnosed, find treatment inaccessible, or experience culturally insensitive practices.

April 22, 2021

At UVA, I constantly feel like my worth and value is defined by my course load, grades, involvement, and extra curriculars. Even when it isn’t school work, I feel as if I constantly have to be doing something productive. This creates an unsustainable cycle of burnout. 

March 25, 2021

Hi everyone! As the month of March comes to a close, here are some body positive affirmations you can use to round out the month and look onward to April. I like to use a new affirmation each day, repeating it five times in the morning and five times at night. I hope these affirmations bring you some peace and light.

  1. I am perfect, complete, and whole just the way I am.
  2. My body is worthy of love and respect.
  3. I am allowed to take up space.
  4. I love my body as it is today.
  5. My body radiates beauty and kindness.

February 28, 2021

It’s been about one whole month since the inauguration of our nation’s new administration, which also means it’s been about one whole month since we were graced with the powerful, provocative words of Amanda Gorman in her poem “The Hill We Climb” (if you haven’t had the chance to watch it, I highly recommend that you watch it here).

February 07, 2021

PHEW! What a year! I think 2020 was the year of being in my body. I don’t think I have ever been stretched, forced into feelings of vulnerability and attuned to the intersectional ways my body lives in the world more than I was this past year. It’s been a roller-coaster ride. I am happy to find myself back in this space with you all as we ring in the new year and new semester. Welcome Back and Happy New Year! I hope that this year is Just & Kind to everybody and every body.

November 15, 2020

We’re entering the last full week of classes in perhaps the weirdest and most stressful semester of our college careers! While going home for the next two months might be a relief for some, the holiday season can be stressful for many, including me. Maybe you’re getting ready to face some judgmental family members, you’re nervous about a dramatic change in your routine, or you’re worried about the indulgent foods, desserts, and drinks that inevitably come with holiday celebrations… or maybe it’s a combination of all three and more.

November 08, 2020

When trying to create a Body Positive atmosphere within our relationships, one area where we can potentially send messages that uphold societal standards and expectations is how we show love and praise to others.

If our only compliments to our friends and loved ones are based on their appearance, we inadvertently send the message that one’s value lies in their appearance. In addition, if we compliment someone on losing weight or appearing thinner, we uphold messages that glorify thinness as an ideal body type or goal. 

October 14, 2020

As the Body Positive team settles into our new routine of virtual weekly meetings, we have been working hard to revamp our programing to make it online friendly and welcome more voices to the table. One of the coolest things (in my opinion) about our program is that we offer a two-session group-based intervention called the Body Project to female identifying women at UVA.