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Body Matters Week - April 6-9, 2021

April 6-9, 2021

Body Matters Week

All registered attendees will be entered into a raffle to win:

  • An Instax Camera

  • A Hydroflask

  • A portable blender

Outreach Events

IN PERSON | Ask a Professional

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 @ 11:00AM - 2:00PM

Eggleston Quad

Featuring Hokie Wellness Mental Health Initiatives, The Body Project, and the Schiffert Health Center Dietitian

IN PERSON | Ask a Professional

Thursday, April 8, 2021 @ 11:00AM - 2:00PM

Eggleston Quad

Featuring the VT Women’s Center, Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise, and Recreational Sports

VIRTUAL | Ask a Professional

Friday, April 9, 2021 | Drop in from 12:00PM - 2:00PM

Zoom Expo

Hop online to ask professionals and peers all of your body related questions and learn some great body activism techniques! Featuring personal trainers, the Student Nutrition and Dietetics Association, dietitians, and the Body Project peer educators!

Educational Events

General Sports Nutrition Talk

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 @ 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Hosted by Hokie Fuel - VT Sports Nutrition - Alex Bechard and Rachel Steinbach

Join registered dietitians Alex Bechard and Rachel Steinbach from VT Sports Nutrition to learn about fueling for an active lifestyle. The presentation will include information on optimizing nutrition for fitness, body image, intuitive eating, and disordered eating during times of COVID-19.

Nurturing a Healthy Relationship with Food

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 @ 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Hosted by VT Dining Ashley Foster, RD, MPH

Join VT Dining’s registered dietitian nutritionist to discuss fact versus fiction regarding popular fad diets and sustainable approaches to eating while nurturing a healthy relationship with food.

The Weight of Our Words - Understanding Weight Stigma

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 @ 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Hosted by Erica Howes, MS, MPH, RDN, member of the Virginia Tech Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Doctoral Program, Behavioral and Community Track

What is weight stigma and how can you help to reduce it? Learn about common ways that weight stigma can show up in your life, and strategies for being more weight inclusive.

Your Eyes Are Your Windows Drawing Session

Thursday, April 8, 2021 @ 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Hosted by Robin Scully, Art Program Director, SECL Perspective Gallery

During this hour-long drawing session participants will be guided on a journey that explores where our beauty lies.

This “no experience required” art and journaling workshop will take you on a journey of self-discovery through observation and drawing exercises. Discussions and practice using visual thinking skills will highlight this interactive session. Participants will be guided with sketchbook exercises that will help you connect to your best self. Take & Make bags with sketchbooks and other art supplies will be available to students who would like to join this Body Matters Week workshop.

Supply Pick Up Starting April 1

Our Art Reach program offers Take & Make bags of art supplies that we distribute through Pop Up events in front of Perspectives Gallery in Squires

  • Monday 12:00PM–2:00PM

  • Thursday 3:00PM-5:00PM

  • Friday 12:30PM-2:00PM

We will also be distributing at Ask a Professional Tabling at Eggleston Quad Tuesday April 6th and Thursday, April 8th from 11:00AM-12:00PM.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

Thursday, April 8, 2021 @ 7:00 PM

Hosted by Cook Counseling Center PALS (Peer Assistance for Learning)

Hokies! Don’t let your mind bully your body. Join the PALS of the Cook Counseling Center to practice body positivity with a quick interactive activity! Each participant will receive a FREE tank top or t-shirt which must be picked up at Cook Counseling Center, 2475 Oak Lane.

How to Help a Friend with Disordered Eating

Friday, April 9, 2021 @ 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Hosted by Justin Parks, Schiffert Health Center Dietitian and Laurie Fritsch, Assistant Director of Hokie Wellness

This session will provide an overview of disordered eating patterns, a discussion on how to navigate challenging situations and conversations with students struggling with disordered eating and negative body image, and highlights of on and off-campus resources to support students with disordered eating and/or negative body image. We will use interactive strategies to practice recognizing red flags of disordered eating and responding in productive ways.

Additional Resources

Eating Disorders and Body Image Screening and Treatment Resources

This page contains treatment resources for eating disorders and body image related issues. It serves as a starting point to explore and learn more about these services.

Take an Eating Attitude Assessment and Get A T-shirt or Tank Top!

Upon completion of this assessment, screen shot or save the page that indicates you have taken the screening test, or bring a printed copy, to get a t-shirt or a tank top. The shirts need to be picked at the 2475 Oak Lane office.

Pre-Recorded Learning Opportunities

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Roundtables

Women's Center - Gen(der) Ed Podcast

Join the Women's Center Ashley LeDuc and Katie Mey as they talk about body image with Laurie Fritsch and HEAT & Body Project student facilitators Riley David and Taylor Welch!