Body Beautiful Week to Take Place at SLU Feb. 23-28

A St. Lawrence University student and two staff members who recently received a campus Innovation Grant are the coordinators of a weeklong series of events beginning Feb. 23 to “celebrate bodies and everyone who has one.”

“Body Beautiful Week: Love Your Body!” was created by Madeline Wetterhahn ‘15, along with Director of Health Services Patricia Ellis and Director of Counseling Services Timothy Corbitt. The event corresponds to National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and is intended to be a positive approach to starting dialogues about body image, healthy eating and eating disorders.

The week is also inspired by a national movement to free people from stereotypes, pressure and self-punishment and to encourage everyone to embrace their unique beauty. The coordinators of the project want to help students become aware of services provided on campus and hope this will help the Health and Counseling Center become even more effective in its outreach to students.

For more information, contact Corbitt at 315-229-5032 or at

The following is a list of the week’s events:

Sunday, Feb. 23
Love Your Body Yoga
Eben Holden; 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Start the week of mindfully! This week’s class is heart chakra-themed; look forward playful poses including chest openers and even a little partner yoga.

Monday, Feb. 24
Operation Beautiful
Sullivan Student Center, All Day
What would life without mirrors be like? Get a taste on Monday, when the mirrors in the Student Center will be covered with banners bearing body positive messages and affirmations. Please add your own!

Tuesday, Feb. 25
If Not Now, When? Ending Shame and Embracing Our Bodies
Student Center, Winston Room; 5 p.m.
Professor and Coordinator of Gender and Sexuality Studies R. Danielle Egan will give a talk about body image, the media’s portrayal of women and how to break free of unrealistic societal expectations. This event will also feature the Body Pride Project by the Dub. Feel free to bring your dinner in to the lecture.

Wednesday, Feb. 26
Documentary Screening: Killing Us Softly 4 (2010)
Student Center, Winston Room; 5 p.m.
Enjoy free popcorn and mix-ins while watching this award-winning documentary. From the producer, “[Killing Us Softly] uncovers a steady stream of sexist and misogynistic images and messages, laying bare a world of frighteningly thin women in positions of passivity, and a restrictive code of femininity that works to undermine girls and women in the real world… [It] stands to challenge yet another generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, gender violence, and contemporary politics.”

Thursday, Feb. 27
Love Your Genes Clothes Drive and Eating Disorder Awareness Table
Sullivan Student Center; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Stick it to the man and help out a good cause. Stop by our table and donate those “skinny jeans”—or any clothes—that aren’t realistic for your body type. Donations will go to the Renewal House. While you’re there, pick up some info on body image, eating disorders, and how to help friends you think might have a problem.

Friday, February 28
Sustainable Nutrition Workshop
Lee Hall Lounge; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Martha Pickard Palmer of Nourish Roots, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, will lead a workshop on how to mindfully prepare healthy, environmentally low-impact food. She will also guide discussions on body image and food. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Maddy Wetterhahn at