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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 appearance ideal standard of female beauty and reduce their pursuit of unrealistic bodies. 

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 “Negative Body 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

 

     2019-2020 Body Project Peer Leaders
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Kelly Keenan
Senior
Major: HDFS/Social Work
Haley Burgart
Junior
Major: Animal Science
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Emma Johnson
PhD Student
Major: Developmental 
Science

Hayden Anderson
Senior
Major: Animal Science
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Mandy Thomes
Junior
Major: Social Science
Education
Naomi Marks
Junior
Major: HDFS/Social Work

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Body Project?

The Body Project is a peer led conversation related to your experiences with body image, thinking about how culture and society impact the way you feel about your own body, while challenging “Negative Body Talk” and learning how to respond. The Body Project is not a support group for those with disordered eating concerns, but rather is a space to learn about body image and to feel empowered and confident in your own skin! 

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

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 completing the Health Promotion Request Form. Or you may email Bailee Sawyer at bailee.sawyer@ndsu.edu to be added to our interest list to be included in a future group. 

Does the Body Project address eating disorders?

The Body Project is not a support group for those with disordered eating concerns, but rather is a space to learn about body image and to feel empowered and confident in your own skin! 
Although the program does not directly address disordered eating, 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

If you know a NDSU student who you suspect may have disordered eating and might need help, please click here to learn more. 

How do I request a Body Project Workshop or presentation?

Request a Body Project Workshop of your own or request a presentation by completing the Health Promotion Request Form.

 

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For questions, please contact the Body Project coordinator, Bailee Sawyer, at bailee.sawyer@ndsu.edu


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