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Vandal Health Ed Promotes Positive Body Image During Awareness Week

February 23, 2017

Vandal Health Education is collaborating with the UI Women’s Center and Counseling and Testing Center to promote National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 27 to March 3. 

The week includes a variety of activities and presentations aimed at teaching body mindfulness, healthy eating habits and a positive body image, as well as raising awareness about eating disorders and providing resources for those who need them.

“Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses — not choices — and it's important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder,” said Marissa Rudley, UI’s campus dietitian.

The theme of the week is, “It’s Time to Talk About It,” and students are encouraged to discuss the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape body image and disordered eating.

Events during the week include:

  • Free belly dancing classes: 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 27 and March 1. Taught at the Student Recreation Center, belly dancing shows you how to work your whole body and appreciate its curves.
  • Body rEvolution: 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Clearwater Room, Commons. Body image issues and eating disorders disproportionately affect college-age students. Body rEvolution is a one-hour presentation by peer educators in the Body rEvolution internship in the Women’s Center. Body rEvolution aims to get students talking about body image, the media's influence, and potential outcomes and impacts for their health and well-being. Learn about resources available to students.
  • Health Hut: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, Idaho Commons. Get free information and learn about the resources available for those who need help with disordered eating or body image.
  • Mindfulness Meditation: Noon to 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, Teaching and Learning Center, 028. Learn more about body mindfulness with UI-certified mindfulness educator Jamie Derrick.
  • National Eating Disorders Screening Booth: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, Commons. The Counseling and Testing Center will conduct eating disorder screenings.
  • Friday Crafternoons: 12:30 p.m. Friday, Women’s Center, Memorial Gym 109. Join Rudley to create a positive affirmation jar. Materials and snacks will be provided.

For more information about National eating Disorders Awareness Week, go to

Media Contacts
Marissa Rudley
Campus Dietitian

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