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The Body Project is a dissonance-based body-acceptance program designed to help college-age women resist cultural pressures to conform to the thin-ideal standard of female beauty and reduce their pursuit of unhealthy thinness. 

Trained peer leaders facilitate conversation related to personal experiences with body image, discuss how culture and society impact the way you feel about your own body, and challenge “fat talk” while learning how to respond. The Body Project is not a support group for those with disordered eating concerns, but rather a space to learn about positive body image and to feel empowered and confident in your own skin! 

The Body Project is supported by more research than any other body image program and has been found to reduce:

  • Appearance ideal internalization
  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Negative mood
  • Unhealthy dieting
  • Eating disorder symptoms

Apply to be a Body Project Peer Leader

  • Commit one year to being a peer leader (Spring and Fall 2018)
  • Attend the peer leader training in its entirety
  • Facilitate Body Project workshops and other promotional events on campus
  • Attend scheduled peer leader meetings as needed to plan Body Project workshops and events

Training Dates:



November 15th and 16th

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (both dates)

Matthew Living-Learning Center, West Building, room 124 (1435 18th St N)

Apply to be a Peer Leader today!

*If you have had an eating disorder in the past, we ask that you wait to participate in this program until 2 years post-recovery.

Request a Body Project Workshop

Have a group of friends who want to complete a Body Project Workshop together? Request a workshop of your own by completing the Wellness 2 Go request form!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Body Project workshop?

The Body Project is designed to be facilitated in two 2-hour sessions, scheduled one week apart.  While we recommend that each group complete the entire program in this format to achieve the maximum benefit, we know that may not fit with your group’s schedule and can also work with you to design something that better suits your needs. 

In order to get the most out of the program, student groups are asked to register only if they are able to attend both 2-hour sessions.

How many students are needed for a group?

We recommend a minimum of 7 students and a maximum of 12 students to make for good conversation. It is the responsibility of the person making the program request to recruit participants and remind them to attend. 

What is the ideal location for the workshop?

Because of the sensitive nature of the conversations that happen during the Body Project, we recommend holding your facilitation in a quiet, private, and comfortable location like a private lounge or conference room. The group should be able to sit comfortably in a circle so that everyone participating in the conversation can see each other.  

Who can participate?

The Body Project is designed for individuals who identify as women; however, anyone is welcome to participate.

What if I'm interested in the Body Project, but don't have a large enough group?

We want to make the Body Project available to everyone on campus!  If you have a group that’s interested in participating but do not have the recommended 7 - 12 people, or if you’d like to participate in a discussion as an individual, consider registering for one of the upcoming scheduled workshops. Or you may email Emily Hegg at to be added to our interest list to be included in a future group. 

BeYOUtiful Presentation

This presentation is titled BeYOUtiful, with emphasis on YOU, because we want to highlight and celebrate the fact that each and every one of us are different and beautiful in our own unique ways! Presented by the Body Project Peer Leaders, topics such as body image, appearance ideal, and fat talk will be introduced along with information about the Body Project Workshop and how to get involved! (50 minutes)

Request this presentation by completing the Wellness 2 Go request form!

Visit the Body Project Collaborative website for more information about the research behind the Body Project program.

Do you know a NDSU student who you suspect may have an eating disorder and might need help? Please click here to learn more. 

For questions, please contact the Assistant Director of Health Promotion, Emily Hegg  at or 701.231.8560 

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