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

BPC Groups

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

Registration is required. Register here for the Fall semester 2017. Registration for Fall semester  groups closes Wednesday, September 13. Groups will meet September 18–November 18.

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 in Fall and Spring are Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings, or Friday afternoons.

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

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 each site during the Fall and Spring semesters. 

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.

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Participants in BPC 2016-2017