This week, the Eating Disorder Peer Advisors (EDPA) has issued a challenge to campus that will only leave you feeling like you’ve won: the Seven Day Body Challenge.
The Seven Day Body Challenge started this past Sunday and lasts until Saturday. Once a day, EDPA sends out a blitz with a goal. For example, Monday’s challenge was to go a full 24 hours without talking about your or anyone else’s appearance (hair, clothing, etc.), exercise habits or dietary patterns.
The challenge was designed to encourage people to accept and love themselves for who they are and additionally, to promote positive body image and healthy eating and exercise habits. Its slogan is “Re-capture Yourself. Be You. That’s enough.”
This is the first time EDPA is running the week-long event. The concept of the Body Challenge came from Brigham Young University’s Ten Day Body Image Challenge (http://byuwsr.blogspot.com/2010/10/10-day-body-image-challenge.html). EDPA modified the goals to better suit the Dartmouth culture and lifestyle.
Approximately 400 students and faculty are participating. People have been very receptive, and participation is higher than expected.
At the end of the week, participants will receive a survey with follow-up questions. Everyone who fills out the survey gets a prize that they selected when they signed up for the challenge.
The Body Challenge runs in conjunction with many other events in honor of Eating Disorder Awareness Week on campus. On Monday, the mental health awareness group Active Minds hosted a dinner discussion about eating disorders featuring a counselor from Dick’s House.
On Wednesday, there will be a screening of the movie America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments at 7 pm in Loew Theater.
There will be a student panel about eating disorders called “Heart Our Voices” held on Thursday at 7 pm in Collis Common Ground. Light refreshments will be served.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the displays in Collis, Baker-Berry and the Alumni Gym, and remember to love your body this week — and every week!