K-State Counseling Services is facilitating a new eating disorder prevention program called The Body Project which is being offered this Spring to K-State students. The Body Project is a joint collaboration among K-State Wildcat Wellness Coalition group members, co-chaired by Wendy Barnes of Counseling Services and Dianna Schalles. Please take a moment to read the news release that includes program details.
The Body Project: Equipping Students to Resist Unhealthy Appearance Ideals
Source: Contact Dianna Schalles, 785-532-5240 or Wendy Barnes, 785-532-6927
MANHATTAN – Empowering college students to think healthy and respect body diversity in themselves and others is the ideal when it comes to body image. That concept is the focus of a nationally acclaimed program being implemented at Kansas State University by the Wildcat Wellness Coalition.The peer-led program, through a series of oral, written and behavioral activities, asks participants to challenge the appearance-ideal standards of our culture. The Body Project is proven to reduce eating disorder risk factors in its participants.
“Body dissatisfaction is a risk factor that may trigger the onset of eating disorders in susceptible individuals,” said Dianna Schalles, Coordinator of Nutrition Counseling at Lafene Health Center and Body Project Co-Chair.
The evidence-based program for college-aged females was originally developed by Carolyn Becker, professor of psychology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and Dr. Eric Stice, Senior Research Scientist at Oregon Research Institute. To date, the program has been used by more than 100 higher education institutions and delivered to over 200,000 students across North America.