Special Body Project Workshop Series for Faculty/Staff Women will be held on March 23 and March 30

A special offering of the Body Project Workshop Series (BPWS) for VT faculty and staff women.

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 will be served at both sessions.

The BPWS recognizes that working out and balanced nutrition are an important part of health. This workshop is not anti-healthy behavior.

Participants must attend two, two-hour sessions:

  • Part 1: Friday, March 23, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Part 2: Friday, March 30, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 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.

Sponsored by Hokie Wellness.

Special Body Project Workshop Series for Faculty/Staff Women will be held on March 23 and March 30


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Women on Weights (WOW)
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
McComas Gym

This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather. We regret any inconvenience.

Come learn about all that McComas Gym has to offer and get comfortable working out! Participants will get to interact with personal trainers who will lead small groups through various exercise and weight equipment throughout McComas Gym. Trainers will teach you how to do workouts in a safe and healthy way. You’ll even leave with five written workouts!

Sponsored by VT Recreational Sports


Monday, March 26, 2018

"Ask A Professional" Expo
1:30–4:30 p.m.
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. In the hallway leading to the McComas gym. This event is brought to you by the Cook Counseling Center. There are some great giveaways, raffle prizes, and lots of great, useful information. Below are some of the highlights:

  • Gauge Your Eating Attitudes Screening The screening is open to the public and anonymous. The first 100 students get a free tank top!
  • Ask A Personal Trainer About Healthy Exercise
  • Schiffet 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 surrounding it
  • Ask a Nutrition Counselor About Healthy Eating
  • Women’s Center Services and Support Talk with professionals about services and support

The events above are sponsored by the Cook Counseling Center, VT Recreational Sports, Schiffert Health Center, Hokie Wellness, Active Minds and HNFE Nutrition Counselors.

Body Project Workshop Series for VT Students
4:00–6:00 p.m.
McComas 143 - Preregistration REQUIRED

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:

  • Part 1 is on Monday, March 26 from 4-6 p.m.
  • Part 2 is on Monday, April 2 from 4-6 p.m.

The workshop setting is welcoming, encouraging, and friendly. Please register here.

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 27

Combined Cooking Class and Mindful Eating
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Place TBD - 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 during Body Matter Week! 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.

Register here

Sponsored by VT Recreational Sports with financial support from the Linda Davis Endowment.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cultural Impact of Body Images and Its Effect on the Black Community
12:00–1:15 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.

Dr. Charlotte Amenkhienan and Dr. Virginia Jones of the Cook Counseling Center will lead the discussion, where 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?

Registration Preferred

Sponsored by the Black Cultural Center, Intercultural Engagement Center, and Cook Counseling Center. Free lunch will be served.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

"Embrace" A Free Movie at the Lyric Theatre
Free Popcorn for first 50 people!
First Show: 4:45 p.m., Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Second Show: 6:45 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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.

Sponsored by Hokie Wellness and the Schiffert Health Center with financial support from the Linda Davis Endowment.

Nurturing a Healthy Relationship with Food
12:30-1:30 p.m.
McComas 198

Join Virginia Tech registered dietitian nutritionists in a discussion about fact vs. fiction on popular fad diets and sustainable approaches to weight management while nurturing a healthy relationship with food. This event is open to students and employees. Pre-registration preferred. Light snacks and refreshments provided, bring your own lunch.

Register here

Sponsored by HNFE and Dining Services with financial support from the Linda Davis Endowment.

Body Positive Yoga
5:15-6:15 p.m.
McComas Hall, Studio B
FREE and open to all VT Community, Limit 55 people

Embrace yourself, just as you are in this moment, with a Hatha yoga class led by Erin Doty.  Strengthen and support your yoga practice with props for safer alignment, more freedom, and a relaxed experience.  Receive and affirm your power in this class that features sun salutations and a guided meditation.  Take home affirmations to unify toward your greatest potential with self-care, confidence, and grace.  Class is suitable for all levels.

Sponsored by VT Recreational Sports with financial support from the Linda Davis Endowment.


Friday March 30, 2018

Combined Cooking Class and Mindful Eating
12-1:30 p.m.

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.

Register here

Sponsored by Rec Sports with financial support from the Linda Davis Endowment


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, Student Affairs, and the Linda Davis Endowment.