Campus entitiesÂ have partnered to sponsor “Love Your Body Week” from Feb. 26-Mar. 2.
The Students’ Association, the Counseling Center, the Office of Student Life, the Chapel Office and Residence LifeÂ partnered to bring campus this week’s events. This week is also National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, so the purpose of the event is to discuss healthy living habits and to direct students on how to live a full life. Numerous events are scheduled, including forums on eating disorders and a session providing free nutrition tips.
Julianne Hart, SA executive vice president and senior political science major from Austin, came up with the idea, organized the events and pulled together the speakers for the week.
“It was an idea I had at the beginning of the semester,” Hart said. “It came from a friend who was dealing with an eating disorder. I started to ask myself what the university has done in the past to address this issue. We wanted something that could be relatable to everyone.”
Connor Best, SA president and senior political science major from Sacramento, Calif., said the week could be very beneficial to students.
“These things don’t get talked about in public,” Best said. “Emphasizing it all week is a neat way to get the issue out there.”
Love Your Body Week started on Monday with a Chapel forum in Moody Coliseum from 8-9 p.m. called “Goodbye Ed, Hello Me.” Jenni Schaefer, author and speaker, led the forum and talked about her battle with an eating disorder and how she recovered.
“Jenni has written two books,” Hart said. “Those books have changed the way people have viewed eating disorders.”
A free yoga class was offered Tuesday in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The class normally costs $60 each semester to attend.
Nutrition specialist Jordana Haught will provide free nutrition tips and counseling in the Campus Center Living Room from 11:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Any student who wishes to learn how to take care of their body is encouraged to attend.
“Haught will talk about how to eat healthy in The Bean and in the dorm,” Hart said.
Thursday at 6:15 a.m., a free WhollyFit Yoga class will be available in the Rec Center. A small group Chapel, “The Psychological Side of Eating Disorders,” will meet in Nelson Lobby at 11 a.m. The group will be led by Cara Flanders, counselor at the Medical and Counseling Care Center , and Beyond 31.
Another free yoga class will be provided in the Rec Center at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday. The day will end with an informal talk with freshman girls about eating disorders. The student to student session will be located in East Gardner Lobby at 10:30 p.m.
Love Your Body Week will wrap up on Friday with a free psychology clinic in the Campus Center Living Room from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The clinic, ran by graduate and psychology students, will have confidential screenings for eating disorders.
“Body weight and self-image are big issues with the students,” Hart said. “Many people are unaware of the correct way to treat their body.”