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 …

  • is a new peer education initiative designed to provide a safe space for exploring issues of body diversity and acceptance
  • cultivates a campus culture where body acceptance and satisfaction are the norm and all Cornellians feel empowered to engage in holistic wellness practices to improve mental and physical health
  • honors the body diversity of our campus community and challenges the stigma of and discrimination based on size or appearance
  • is a force for positive social change at Cornell

BPC Groups

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

REGISTER HERE FOR SUMMER '17 GROUPS. Registration closes Monday, July 3 at 11:59 pm. 
Please check back for information about Fall 2017 groups.

About BPC Groups

Groups meet once a week for 5 weeks in the summer and 8 weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters. Participants learn about and discuss:

  • Body messages and stories
  • Reclaiming health
  • Cultivating self-love and acceptance
  • Declaring their own authentic beauty

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.

BPC groups are open to all communities on campus. Student leaders co-facilitate the groups in their individual communities. They receive training and support from staff/faculty supervisors throughout the program. If you are interested in becoming a BPC Peer Facilitator after participating in a group, please contact the staff/faculty site supervisors in your community. 

Ongoing research

The impact of BPC on group participants at the various sites is being measured using peer-reviewed scales 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. If you have any questions regarding the research, please contact Laura.Barre@cornell.edu.

Communities & site supervisors for Fall 2017

  • Susannah Fine (Cornell Fitness Centers)
  • Mary Beth Grant (Cornell Minds Matter)
  • Beth McKinney (Cornell Wellness)
  • Karli Buday (Panhellenic)
  • Athletics: TBD

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