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T-Shirt Project, Educational Programs
Mark Body Acceptance Week

Date: March 27, 2002
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Archive: Campus News

Too fat? Too thin? Too short? Too tall? Is your hair too straight? Is your hair too curly? Is your skin too dark? Is your skin too pale? If you're a UC student, faculty or staff member, you'll have the chance to make a statement about these kinds of questions and your own body image by creating a T-shirt for a special display marking Body Acceptance Week 2002.

UC's four-day celebration of Body Acceptance Week 2002 will be marked April 15-18. To kick off the events, students, staff and faculty will be invited to a panel discussion at noon Monday, April 15, at the Event Pavilion. Afterward, from 1-3 p.m., there will be a chance to create T-shirts to add to a clothesline display featuring messages about body image, all made at UC.

The observance will also feature entertaining and educational programs and other activities for members of the UC community to learn more about the destructive impact of body image concepts that prevail in our society, to learn to accept their own body shapes and sizes, and to lead a healthy life.

The week is sponsored by the UC Wellness Center and UC Women's Center with support from MainStreet, Student Organizations and Activities, Recreational Sports, Disability Management, Student Government, Psychological Services, Ethnic Programs and Services, and the Athletic Department.

All events are free and open to the UC community. For more information, call the Wellness Center at (513) 556-6124.

Monday, April 15 - Kickoff Event
Noon - "Body Image Across Cultures" Panel Discussion,
Location: Event Pavilion.
This is a lunch panel and discussion. Activities will allow participants to explore and analyze body image.

1-3 p.m. - T-Shirts About Body Image Displayed on a Clothesline
Location: Event Pavilion (unless weather allows an outdoor display nearby). Lunch provided.

Tuesday, April 16
Noon - Presentation on "Body Image and the Media."
Speaker - River Huston, a writer, comedian, poet, activist and performance educator.
Location - Event Pavilion. Lunch provided.
Nationally known speaker River Huston will speak at this lunch program in the Event Pavilion. Huston will discuss the messages received everyday regarding body image and the influence of the media.

7 p.m. - Movie Night
Film - "Miss Congeniality."
Location - Siddall L2. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 17
Noon - Accepting Your Body
Speaker - Teri Rolle-Warren of the Cincinnati Psychotherapy Institute.
Location - Max Kade Center (Room 736, Old Chem). Lunch provided.

7 p.m. - "I Love Me, For Me"
Program - African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha will sponsor a program on fashion, hair care and skin care.
Location - Siddall Bottom Lounge.

Thursday, April 18
Noon - Presentation on "Emotional Eating and Challenging Size-ism."
Speaker - Ellen Shuman of Acoria Wellness and Eating Disorders Treatment Program.
Location - Max Kade Cultural Center (Room 736, Old Chem). Lunch provided.

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