HEAL Your Body Week

What Does HEAL Your Body Stand For?

Healthy Eating and Loving Your Body

What is “HEAL Your Body Week?”

It’s a week dedicated to raising awareness throughout the Mason community about eating disorders. This year we will have kiosks Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-2pm to encourage Patriots to treat themselves! We’ll be hosting “One Bite at a Time” on Tuesday night and “Identity, Body Image & Nutrition: How Food & Culture Intersect in the Black Community” on Thursday night. We’re also hosting a Positive Body Art contest and have a book display in the JC Bookstore.

Why Have a “Heal Your Body Week” on a College Campus?

College is a period of development in which disordered eating is likely to arise, resurface or worsen for many young men and women.  Full-blown eating disorders typically begin between 18 and 21 years of age (Hudson, 2007). Access to education, screenings, and mental health resources are important for getting individuals to seek proper treatment and support, or be able to detect and refer other students who may be struggling. The increased pressure and stress of school and leaving home may lead to mental health problems among college students and a greater need for campus services.  Given that eating disorders are the mental illness with the highest mortality rate (Arcelus, 2011), early detection, intervention and treatment is extremely important and gives an individual the best chance of recovery.

What Resources Are Available?

Mason offers free counseling through CAPS to students who are concerned about body image and/or disordered eating. Students should go to CAPS, in SUB I, Suite 3129 to make an appointment. The National Eating Disorder Association also has some great information and resources nationaleatingdisorders.org. Additionally there is a free eating disorder screening tool available at mybodyscreening.org

What is The HEAL Your Body Task Force?

The HEAL task force is composed of Mason faculty, staff and students who are dedicated to connecting students struggling with body image and/or disordered eating to services on campus, preventing eating disorders and raising awareness regarding the severe impacts of eating disorders on individuals and our Mason community.

What Does the HEAL Task Force Do At Mason?

HEAL’s biggest initiative is the annual HEAL Your Body week at the end of February. HEAL has also created presentations regarding healthy body image, identifying eating disorders and creating a healthy lifestyle by balancing nutrition and exercise. These presentations are available for free to the Mason community upon request to the HEAL Task Force. With these programs HEAL works to build community and celebrate cultural diversity by addressing the local, national and global issues related to eating disorders.

How Can I Get Involved?

The HEAL Task Force is always looking for passionate members to get involved! For more information please feel free to contact Joan Mizrahi at jmizrahi@gmu.edu

How Can I Stay Updated on HEAL initiatives?

Check out our Facebook at HEAL Your Body Mason: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HEAL-Your-Body-Mason/186286674843195?ref=hl

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