Body Matters Week - March 25-29, 2019

March 25-29, 2019

Body Project Workshop

Body Project Workshops for faculty and staff

The BPWS is for women who are eating healthfully and exercising regularly, who still feel unsatisfied with the way their body looks.

This two-part workshop series helps women challenge personal body-related concerns, talk more positively about their bodies, and respond to future pressures to achieve the thin ideal.

BPWS is personally enriching, allowing participants to use the experience gained to create a healthy, body-positive environment for themselves, sisters, daughters, friends, colleagues, and all women. The workshop setting is welcoming, encouraging, and friendly. Lunch is provided at both sessions.

Participants must attend two, two-hour sessions:

  • Part 1: Thursday, March 21, 11:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Part 2: Thursday, March 28, 11:00-1:30 p.m.

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.

Ask A Professional
Monday, March 25 at McComas Gym 1:00-4 p.m and Wednesday March 27 at Squires Student Center 12:00-3 p.m

A mini health fair where students can chat with professionals in an informal and festive atmosphere about eating attitudes, body image, healthy eating, and exercising. There are great giveaways and raffle prizes too! Check out highlights below:

  • Gauge Your Eating Attitudes
  • Nutrition Counselor - Healthy Eating
  • Schiffert Health Services- HEART Info. Learn more about The Healthy Eating Assessment and Referral Team
  • Watch Your Mouth - Responding to Fat Talk
  • Fight Stigma. Learn about the statistics associated with disordered eating and how to fight against the stigma that surrounds it
  • Women’s Center Services and Support

Sponsored by the Cook Counseling Center.

Body Project Workshop Series for VT Students

The BPWS is for women who are eating healthfully and exercising regularly, who still feel unsatisfied with the way their body looks!

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 will use the experience gained to help create a healthy, body-positive environment for self, sisters, daughters, friends, colleagues, and all women. The BPWS recognizes that working out and balanced nutrition are an important part of health. This workshop is not anti-healthy behavior.

Participants attend two, two-hour sessions.

The workshop setting is welcoming, encouraging, and friendly.

NOTE: 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.

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.


Tuesday, March 26

Nurturing a Healthy Relationship with Food
11:00-12:00 p.m.
143 McComas - Preregistration REQUIRED

In this session we will cut through the mixed messages related to diet culture and fad foods in favor of a more simplistic, sustainable and mindful approach to nourishing your body. Learning objectives include examining the many reasons why we eat, discussing the risks associated with restrictive eating and dieting, and reviewing principles of mindful eating and how to adopt a non-diet approach to optimizing your personal health. Lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by Virginia Tech Dining Services, VT Sports Nutrition, and the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise.

Cultural Impact of Body Images and Its Effect on the Black Community
12:00–1:00 p.m.
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.

Sponsored by Black Cultural Center and VT Recreational Sports.

Flow Tuesday
6:15-7:15 p.m.
McComas Hall, Studio B
FREE and open to all VT Community, Limit 55 people

Learn how to transition through various yoga poses as well as break down arm balances and inversions. Regardless of ability, shape, size, and color, this specialty class will help you explore yoga in a way that is personal and unique for you.

Sponsored by VT Recreational Sports and the Black Cultural Center.


Wednesday, March 27

"Movin Through the Trap"
7:30-8:30 p.m.
McComas Hall, Single Gym

Set to the tune of heavy, bass filled trap music “Movin Through the Trap” blends various mind-body practices together to move through the physical, mental, and emotional traps that we set for ourselves. Combining movement, music, and meditation this class will cultivate strength and confidence in the Xpression of ourselves. Inspired by Brandon Copeland of Khepera Wellness.

Sponsored by VT Recreational Sports and The Black Cultural Center.


Thursday March 28

Fueling the Athlete's Body
McConnell Auditorium - Merryman Athletic Center (25 Beamer Way) 11-12 p.m.

Come learn about Athletes MyPlate, performance nutrition, fad diets & hydration.

Sponsored by VT Sports Nutrition, Virginia Tech Dining Services, Hokie Wellness, VT Recreational Sports.

Stretch Thursday
War Memorial, Gymnastics Room 12-1:15p.m

Move, stretch, and wind down while learning some of the basics for you to develop your own yoga practice! Additionally, Camille will give you tips to tailor your practice so that it feels good to you and your body, regardless of shape, size, color, and ability. You will leave with a structured foundation and understanding of what yoga is for you.

Sponsored by VT Recreational Sports and the Black Cultural Center.

Body Love Sketch Party
NOTE: NEW DAY 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Perspective Gallery (Squires)

The one hour workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore what they love about themselves through journaling and sketching. Sketchbooks and drawing supplies will be provided. Art experience not required. Sharing of artwork not required. Screen reader support enabled.

Sponsored by Perspective Gallery and Hokie Wellness.


Friday March 29

BeYOUtiful Letters
198 Mccomas 2-3p.m

Come write a letter of support to a friend who is at any stage of body acceptance or eating disorder recovery. Writing materials will be provided. Letter sharing not required.

Sponsored by BeYOUtiful with Bomberg (Homecoming Campaign) & Hokie Wellness.

Body Matters Week is sponsored by Hokie Wellness, Cook Counseling Center; VT Recreational Sports; Virginia Tech Dining Services; VT Sports Nutrition; Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise; Black Cultural Center, Perspective Gallery, Student Affairs, and Linda Davis Endowment.