Wednesday, March 22nd - Opening Night
Body Matters Photo Booth 5:00pm–7:00pm
McComas Hall Weight Room
Drop by the McComas Body Matters Week kick-off events and take a photo –complete with amazing props. Celebrate yourself and your friends, and learn more about the Body Matters Project. · Sponsored by Hokie Wellness.
Ladies' Night in the Weight Room 5:00pm–7:00pm
McComas Hall Weight Room
Ladies it’s all about you! We’ll block off the front weight room for 2 hours for women only. Lift by yourself, with a friend, or ask one of our female personal trainers to show you how in this encouraging and educational environment. Whether it is your first or your thousandth time lifting, we want you here. The first 125 ladies will get a free t-shirt! Sponsored by Recreational Sports.
Broga - Yoga for Men 5:15pm–6:15pm
It’s yoga, it’s for bros, and it’s free. No prior yoga experience is necessary. You’ll get a whole-body flexibility and balance workout, which leads to an increased range of motion, injury prevention and can even increase muscular power output. Come try “broga” in a positive and supportive atmosphere and you may walk away with a new component of your workout routine. The first 75 men will get a free t-shirt! Sponsored by Recreational Sports.
Monday, March 27th
"Ask A Professional" Expo 1:30pm–4:30pm
McComas Hall Lobby
A mini health fair where you will have the opportunity to chat with professionals in an informal and festive atmosphere about your eating attitudes, body image, healthy eating, and exercising. Giveaways, raffle prizes, and lots of great information. In the hallway leading to the McComas gym. This event is brought to you by the Cook Counseling Center.
- Gauge Your Eating Attitudes Screening with Cook Counseling Center. The screening is open to the public and anonymous. The first 100 students get a free tank top. Sponsored by Cook Counseling Center
- Ask A Personal Trainer About Healthy Exercise. Sponsored by the Department of Recreational Sports
- SHC HEART Info. Learn more about Healthy Eating Assessment and Referral Team services and how to make a referral. Sponsored by Schiffert Health Center.
- Watch Your Mouth - Responding to Fat Talk. Sponsored by Hokie Wellness
- Fight Stigma. Learn about the statistics associated with disordered eating and how to fight against the stigma surrounding it. Sponsored by Active Minds.
- Ask a Nutrition Counselor About Healthy Eating. Sponsored by HNFE nutrition counselors
- Women’s Center Services and Support. Talk with professionals about services and support.
Body Project Workshop Series for VT Students 4:00pm–6:00pm
McComas 143 - Preregistration REQUIRED
This is a two-part workshop series that helps women challenge personal body-related concerns, talk more positively about their bodies, and respond to future pressures to achieve the thin ideal. The BPWS is personally enriching, and participants can use the experience gained to help create a healthy, body-positive environment for sisters, daughters, friends, colleagues, and all women.
Participants attend two, two-hour sessions. Part 1 is on Monday, March 27th from 4-6pm. Part 2 is on Monday, April 3rd from 4-6. The workshop setting is welcoming, encouraging, and friendly. You MUST register online to attend. Due to the very limited space in the workshop, please do not register if you cannot complete both sessions. www.tinyurl.com/healthyhokie
In addition to this Body Matters Week series, Hokie Wellness offers many sessions of the Body Project Workshop Series for female Virginia Tech students throughout the semester. If you are a in a sorority, register here: www.tinyurl.com/sororitybp If you are not a sorority member register here. www.tinyurl.com/healthyhokie
Sponsored by Hokie Wellness.
Tuesday, March 28th
Yoga for Mindfulness 6:00pm–7:00pm
“Yoga is the perfect practice within which to introduce and master mindfulness. The position of observing without criticism or evaluation invites the body to open and respond to a healthy and loving connection to the self.”- Anna Pittman, PhD, CC, RYT. Financial support from the Linda Davis Endowment. Sponsored by Recreational Sports.
Wednesday, March 29th
Mindful Eating 5:30pm–7:00pm
D2 Dining Hall
Tired of obsessing over your food choices? Want to shift your eating attitude? Come to this guided practice of the eating experience. Learn how to listen to your physical vs. emotional hunger cues, connect mind and body, and enjoy your food. Sponsored by Schiffert Health Center, HNFE, and Dining Services.
Cultural Impact of Body Images and Its Effect on the Black Community 12:00pm–1:30pm
Black Cultural Center
The Black Liberation Talk series at the Black Cultural Center of Virginia Tech creates space to eat and discuss timely, pop-culture and social-justice related issues relating to the Black Community led by faculty, professors and community members. For Body Matters Week, we will explore body image issues and ideals within the black community and talk about the intersections of race, culture, and mental health. Dr. Charlotte Amenkhienan and Dr. Virginia Jones of the Cook Counseling Center will lead the discussion. This event is sponsored by the Black Cultural Center, Intercultural Engagement Center, and Cook Counseling Center. Free lunch will be served.
We will explore:
- What are the body ideals? What are some of the body image influences rooted in masculinity, femininity, and otherwise? What if you don’t identify as either?
- What are paradigms/ideals of beauty within the black community? How do we place value on different images and how is this socialized?
- How do eating disorders impact the black community? Is there stigma in talking about this?
- How does being a student at a Predominately White Institution impact your body image and self-concept?
Cooking Class 6:00pm–7:30pm
Wallace 405 - Preregistration REQUIRED
Do you want to enjoy the “hands-on” experience of preparing an easy, nutritious meal for yourself? Come try a healthy cooking class as part of the Body Matters Week Activities! Participants will improve their cooking skills, learn new techniques and trouble-shooting skills, and develop healthy cooking and eating strategies to take home and use for years to come. Food samples and recipes will be provided. Registration and payment are required as seating is limited to the first 12 who register. Financial support from the Linda Davis Endowment. Please visit https://connect.recsports.vt.edu for program registration. Sponsored by Recreational Sports.
Thursday, March 30th
"Embrace" A Free Movie 4:00pm–5:45pm
The Lyric Theatre
Doors open at 3:30pm. Free popcorn for the first 100 people.
“When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. EMBRACE follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.” Watch the Embrace Movie Trailer. Doors open at 3:30pm. Financial support from the Linda Davis Endowment. Sponsored by Hokie Wellness and the Schiffert Health Center.
Friday, March 31
Special Body Project Workshop Series for Faculty/Staff Women
A special offering of the Body Project Workshop Series (BPWS) for VT faculty and staff women. This is a two-part workshop series that helps women challenge personal body-related concerns, talk more positively about their bodies, and respond to future pressures to achieve the thin ideal. The BPWS is personally enriching, and participants can use the experience gained to help create a healthy, body-positive environment for sisters, daughters, friends, colleagues, and all women.
Participants attend two, two-hour sessions. Part 1 is on Friday, March 31st from 1130-130. Part 2 is on Friday, April 4th from 1130-130. Lunch will be served. The workshop setting is welcoming, encouraging, and friendly. You MUST register online to attend. Due to the very limited space in the workshop, please do not register if you cannot complete both sessions.
Sponsored by Hokie Wellness.
Body Matters Week is sponsored by Hokie Wellness, Recreational Sports, Schiffert Health Center, Cook Counseling Center, Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise, Women’s Center,
Dining Services, Division of Student Affairs, and the Linda Davis Endowment.