Body Positive Cornell

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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, Cornell Wellness, and Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Body Positive Cornell (BPC)…

  • welcomes all genders, sexes, and bodies 
  • is a community that fosters body acceptance
  • is a peer education initiative
  • cultivates body appreciation and calms the critical voice
  • 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

Complete our Qualtrics form if you are interested in becoming a peer facilitator with BPC.

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BPC Groups

Groups are led by trained peer facilitators, are interactive, and open to undergraduate students and staff of all backgrounds, genders, and identities.

About BPC Groups

Groups are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and meet once a week for 8 weeks. If you are on campus in the summer, there is also a 5-week group you may join. Peer leaders facilitate the groups in various communities on campus with support from staff/faculty supervisors. Groups are composed of up to 12 people and each session lasts about 75 minutes.

  • Group meeting times for students (in Fall and Spring) are Sunday late afternoon, Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings, and Friday afternoons.
  • Employee/staff groups are offered Wednesdays at lunchtime, beginning in April.

To join a group or learn more about groups, please complete this registration form.

In groups, participants learn about and discuss:

  • Body messages and stories
  • Reclaiming health and intuitive nutrition, exercise, and sleep
  • Calming the critical voice and cultivating self-compassion 
  • Declaring their own authentic beauty

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 ongoing promotion of body positivity outside of the 8-week BPC group sessions. Each semester, we will host regular meetings to discuss current topics related to body positivity and plan relevant events such as movie screenings, guest speaker presentations and student engagement campaigns. Any registered resident 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, body messages in the environment, body appreciation, and body acceptance. The 60- to 90-minute talks are discussion-based and interactive. Please send an email to BodyPositiveCornell@gmail.com if you would like to schedule a BPC talk.

BPC Drop-in groups – starting Spring Semester, 2018

Once you have participated in a Body Positive Cornell group, you can attend drop-in groups in the different BPC communities on campus. These are one-hour, peer-led sessions offered once a month at some sites during the Fall and Spring semesters. To inquire about the staff drop-in groups for Cornell Wellness, please email Julia Leonard

More about BPC

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.

Get involved, gain facilitation and leadership skills, get credit

Anybody can join a BPC group. After participating in a group you can apply to be a peer facilitator. Peer facilitators receive a 2-day training in the Body Positive Cornell group curriculum, 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. 

Ongoing research

The impact of BPC on group participants at the various sites is being measured using surveys at the beginning and end of the program and at various follow-up points throughout the year. You will have the opportunity to voluntarily participate in this study when you enroll in a BPC group. The study is being conducted by the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives and by Dr. Laura Barré in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. If you have any questions regarding the research, please contact Laura.Barre@cornell.edu.

For more information:

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Previous participants in BPC