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)…
- welcomes all genders, sexes, and bodies
- is a community that fosters body acceptance
- is a peer education initiative
- 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
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. Groups are led by trained peer facilitators, are interactive, and open to undergraduate students and staff of all backgrounds, genders, and identities.
In groups, participants learn about and discuss:
- Messages they receive and internalize from others (e.g., media, peers, etc.) about beauty, body image, and health
- Reclaiming our health and intuitive nutrition, exercise, and sleep
- Calming the critical voice and cultivating self-compassion
- Declaring their own authentic beauty
When do groups meet?
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. To join a group or learn more about groups, please complete this registration form.
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 receiveparticipate in 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.
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.
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:
- If you have questions about joining a Body Positive group, please send an email to BodyPositiveCornell@gmail.com
- If you are interested in joining a Body Positive Group, please complete this registration form.
- If you would like to schedule a BPC talk, please send an email to BodyPositiveCornell@gmail.com
- For other information about Body Positive Cornell, contact the Body Positive Program Coordinator: Jennie Bernstein, PsyD (Cornell Health)