Body Appreciation Week is a way for UA to celebrate the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Join us from Feb. 22-26 as we celebrate every body.

Monday, Feb. 22

Make-Up Free Monday

We’re kicking off the week on social media encouraging everyone to go make-up free! Use #makeupfreemonday and #uabodyappreciationweek to share your photos.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Treat Yo Self-Care Body Image Event

2-4 p.m.
Ferguson Student Center Outdoor Lawn

The Counseling Center and University Programs will have their Positive Body Image event which will include different activity stations for promoting positive body image and self-care as well as smoothie samples.

*Body Appreciation Week shirts will be distributed at this socially-distanced event.

Strength is for EveryBODY

6-7:30 p.m.
Zoom – Register today

Join the Women and Gender Resource Center on Zoom as four elite female strength athletes discuss their own experiences in sports, body myths, and strength sports as a means of personal (not just physical) empowerment.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

How to Help a Friend with an Eating Disorder

12-1 p.m.
Zoom – Register today

Join Allison Burnett, LICSW, CEDS, TCT, National Director of Alumni and Advocacy at Alsana Eating Disorder Treatment Facility as she shares how to support loved ones during their eating disorder recovery journey and also how to encourage someone of concern to seek help. Staff from the UA Counseling Center and Office of Student-Care and Wellbeing will share the referral process for those needing assistance.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Building a Healthy Body Image: A Guide for College Students

12 -1 p.m.
Zoom – Register today

Join The Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness as they review factors that impact the development of body image and self-esteem, shedding light on how the media promotes harmful messages around weight and body size. We will review the pressures of diet culture and the impact of weight stigma, especially through the avenues of both mainstream and social media. Eating disorders will be defined, with differentiation between normalized eating, disordered eating, and eating disorders. The philosophies of intuitive eating and Health at Every Size will be introduced, with a discussion on ways in which we can reject diet culture in order to embrace our bodies as they are. We will also include information on how to help a friend or a loved one if there is concern that they may have an eating disorder.