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Body Positive Cornell (BPC) is supported by the Cornell Health Eating Program (CHEP) and the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives staff, and is conducted in collaboration with Cornell Athletics, Cornell Fitness Centers, Cornell Minds Matter, Panhellenic, and Cornell Wellness.

Body Positive Cornell (BPC)…

  • is a peer education initiative
  • is a community that fosters body acceptance
  • welcomes people of all genders, sexes, and bodies 
  • cultivates body appreciation and aims to reduce self-critical thoughts
  • embraces the body diversity of our campus community
  • challenges discrimination based on size and/or appearance
  • is a force for positive social change at Cornell

BPC Groups

Developed in partnership with The Body Positive,™  BPC promotes holistic wellness practices that increase physical, mental, and emotional health using a weight-neutral, self-empowerment model built upon the following five core competencies: reclaiming health; practicing intuitive self-care; cultivating self-love; declaring your own authentic beauty; and building community. BPC uses the Be Body Positive™ curriculum, a research-based program grounded in the Health at Every Size™ philosophy.

In group, participants learn about and discuss a range of topics, including…

  • messages that they have received and/or internalized from others (e.g., media, peers, etc.) about beauty, body image, and health
  • how to reclaim health (e.g., how to begin practicing intuitive eating and intuitive movement) 
  • strategies for cultivating greater self-compassion 
  • how to declare their own authentic and unique beauty 

Who may participate in BPC groups?

Groups are open to undergraduate students and staff members of all backgrounds, genders, identities, and bodies. 

We are not offering a group for graduate / professional students at this time, but we hope to in the future.

When do groups meet?

Groups are offered in the fall and spring semesters and meet once a week for 8 weeks. Each session lasts about an hour.

  • Undergraduate students: Options for group locations and meeting times are listed in the registration form.
  • Staff members: The staff group for Spring 2019 will meet on Tuesdays from noon to 1:00 pm. 

What is the group format?

Groups are interactive, and are composed of up to 12 people. Peer leaders facilitate the groups with support from staff/faculty supervisors.  

How do I register for a group?

Groups for the 2019 Spring semester are currently closed, but please check back at the start of the fall semester or email if you’d like to be put on an interest list.

In the meantime, consider getting involved with the Body Positive Club (see below for more information). You can send an email to to be added to the listserv.

Becoming a group facilitator

Anybody can join a BPC group. After participating in a group you can apply to be a peer facilitator. Peer facilitators participate in a 2-day training at the beginning of the fall semester, co-lead a group for 1-2 semesters with staff support, and can opt to receive course credit. After being a peer facilitator, you can choose to apply for leadership positions within BPC. 

The BPC Club

The BPC Club is a student organization formed to foster community, coordinate outreach, and provide opportunities for students and staff to be actively involved in the ongoing promotion of body positivity outside of the 8-week BPC group sessions. Each semester, we will host meetings to discuss topics related to body positivity and plan relevant events such as movie screenings, guest speaker presentations and student engagement campaigns. Any registered student of the Cornell University community who is interested in the mission and purpose of BPC is encouraged to become a member of the organization.

For more information:

BPC Community Talks

Peer leaders from BPC can talk to your group or community about body dissatisfaction, factors that impact body image, reclaiming health, body appreciation, and/or body acceptance. The 60- to 90-minute talks are discussion-based and interactive. Please send an email to if you would like to schedule a BPC talk.

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