Office of Student Life

Student Wellness Center

Love Your Body Week: All Events

Sunday, February 21

Body Project Open Session

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


This two 2-hour session workshop (four hours total) is a body-acceptance program designed to help students feel better about their bodies while fighting negative "thin-ideals" and negative body talk in our community and media.

Yoga for Every BODY

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


This 60-minute yoga flow is designed for everybody and every BODY – all shapes, sizes and levels welcome. During this practice, you can discover your flexibility, balance and strength while you celebrate everything your body can do. All you need to bring to class is your authentic self (and maybe a yoga mat if you have one). Join us as we embrace you, your body and everybody. 


Monday, February 22

Appreciating and Loving Our Body

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


This presentation involves videos and resources on how the world affects our bodies and how we can learn to love it. This presentation has interactive questions for participants to discuss and reflect on. Activities and strategies will be given to participants on how to appreciate all that our bodies do for us. This presentation will discuss social media, dieting culture, societal terms, and body image.

Intuitive Eating and Food Freedom

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.


This is the program I have put together for First Year Success Series. We will do an introduction to Intuitive Eating (the first four principals) and talk about being attuned to your body. We also discuss diet culture and ways to make your social surroundings more body positive.

Challenging Weight Bias as Student Affairs Professionals

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Fat studies is a relatively new area of inquiry in the world of scholarly research and academia. Similarly, the conversation, as well as the implementation, of fat activism in higher education settings is often absent. This workshop seeks to better equip student affairs professionals with inclusive practices by examining common myths and misconceptions surrounding weight.  This presentation seeks to highlight the need to interrogate historically harmful practices detrimental to people of size. Attendees will gain knowledge as it pertains to inclusive language, be equipped with new resources to further their learning, and will be provided with recommendations that are applicable to everyday work in college and university settings.

Students who attend this session will be entered to win a prize!

The Body is Not an Apology: A Mindfulness Practice

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Radical self love is for everybody and every body! Join Ivory Levert, Buckeye PAL Program Manager and Certified Yoga Guide for meditation, mindful movement and reflective dialogue. This mindfulness practice will highlight key strategies to address body shame, radical self-love, and social justice based on the book, The Body is Not An Apology: Radical Self Love by Sonya Renee Taylor. If time allows, check out the podcast episode on Unlocking Us with Brené Brown and Sonya Renee Taylor as they discuss the connection between how we think about our bodies and oppression. Invite a friend, grab your yoga mat and/or find a comfortable seat to engage in this virtual practice via zoom! No previous yoga or meditation experience is necessary.

Students who attend this session will be entered to win a prize!

Body Dysmorphia and Eating Disorders: What is it and How to Help those Suffering

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.


A presentation regarding body dysmorphia and the mental health implications that coexist. Body dysmorphia can cause an array of mental health issues: eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression as well as affect one's image of themselves and their internal worth. These issues are continuing to grow and become more prevalent in our society today, it is crucial that we are informed on how to help ourselves, and loved ones that are suffering.

Focusing on the Controllables

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.


At this event attendees will learn that comparisons are an inevitable part of life, but the comparisons that we make can be altered by focusing on what we can control, such as our effort, attitude, and habits that we can build. Furthermore, attendees will learn of the many benefits of exercise that they can carry with them throughout their lives. Lastly, participants will understand that exercise is a journey, rather than a definite end goal. The format of this event will be a live zoom presentation given using a PowerPoint with various pre-recorded videos and discussions mixed into the presentation. The presentation will be education style with a focus on active participation. The presentation should last no longer than one hour.

Book Discussion: Roxane Gay’s Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.


New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health ( Read Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body on your own and then join a group of graduate students for a virtual book discussion on Zoom during Love Your Body Week. Hunger is available to be checked out for free in physical or digital form and as an audio book from the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Trigger warnings: this book references sexual assault and eating disorders.

Getting Real with Victoria Garrick

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Join us for an in-depth discussion with Victoria Garrick! The former Division I Volleyball Player, TED Talk Speaker, Social Media Influencer, and Mental Health Advocate inspires everyone she shares her story with. She is very open about her story as an athlete and her mental health journey to get her where she is. After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2019, Victoria has traveled the country speaking on college campuses, hosts her hit podcast Real Pod, and creates daily content for her army of over 1.0M+ people who follow her message of authenticity and self-care on social media. Her recent talks on Body-Image & Self-Love to Female Athletes at Harvard and her Athletes and Mental Health: The Hidden Opponent TEDxUSC has worked to spread positivity and light through her own personal experiences. Victoria will share her story with us then open the zoom up for an intimate Q/A and discussion with attendees. 

Students who attend this session will be entered to win a prize!

Tuesday, February 23

Book Discussion: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Isabel Quintero's award-winning debut novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, is a chronicle of Gabi Hernadez's senior year of high school, told through diary entries and a poetry zine. Throughout the book, Gabi writes about food cravings, body image, cultural expectations, boyfriends, her friend Cindy's pregnancy, her friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth addiction, her relationship with her mother, and her love of poetry. Read Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero on your own and then join a group of undergraduate students for a virtual book discussion on Zoom during Love Your Body Week. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces is available to be checked out for free in physical or digital form and as an audio book from the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Trigger warnings: this book references sexual assault, drug addiction/overdose, teen pregnancy, abortion, and domestic violence.

Wednesday, February 24

Body Image and Pregnancy

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Join OSU Health Coaches Jessica Hernandez and Amanda Fox for a conversation about body image and pregnancy. Learn more about what body changes to expect before, during and after pregnancy, and discuss how you can love and care for your body from a body positive perspective. Faculty and Staff are encouraged to register in advance in the Link to Health website. Zoom webinar information will be included in the Link to Health event description as well as in confirmation and reminder emails for the event. Students can sign up here.

Breathe Strong

5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.


Join SKY@OSU for a live virtual event where students will be led through some breathing techniques followed by a guided meditation.

Cooking Demo: Buckeye Bites

5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Did you know you have all the tools to cook a delicious desert with a microwave? Join the Student Wellness Center’s Registered Dietitian for a cooking demo to make Buckeye Bites and a discussion on nutrition and balance. Ingredients include peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter, pretzels, and chocolate. Participants will be responsible for picking up their ingredients and supplies in the Student Wellness Center the week of the event. Registration is required as supplies are limited.

Thursday, February 25

Leading the Movement

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.


In this interactive session, participants will define and describe the “body-ideal” present in our society, learn how to combat negative body talk and gain information on how to support those who suffer from disordered eating and eating disorders.

Body Image Panel

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Panel discussion exploring body acceptance and positivity from diverse student perspectives (race, gender, age, ability) including what events and people have inspired growth to positive body image, and what resources and strategies have been helpful.  Students will learn about a variety of elements of positive body image, will increase awareness of their own potential for positive body image and will increase awareness of tools for for increasing positive body image.

Find What Moves You

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Fitness isn't changing what your body looks like, rather doing what makes your body feel good. Learn how the connection between awareness of your body and knowledge of your movements can empower how you move and love your body. Join Colin, a certified personal trainer, and Faith, a certified group fitness instructor, for conversation and light activity to find what moves you!

Breathe Strong

5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.


Join SKY@OSU for a live virtual event where students will be led through some breathing techniques followed by a guided meditation.

Radically Restorative

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.


This Radically Restorative Yoga class will focus on helping students, faculty and staff address their needs and replenish their mind/body/spirit balance by drawing their attention to the way engaging in the world impacts the body. We will pay specific attention to replenishing the body, and will build awareness of how actions like advocating for one's self and for others as well as engaging in personal and social change can take a toll on our well being. Radically Restorative Yoga is a space that welcomes all identities at Ohio State, and is intentionally centered on the needs of those with  marginalized / minoritized identities. I welcome you to this space to find connection, healing, and a return to our most precious home: the body. This is a restorative yoga class (level 1/2). Some basic knowledge of yoga is preferred but not required. Modifications will be offered to support all yoga experiences.

Students who attend this session will be entered to win a prize!

Body Positivity at OSU

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Body Sense will be presenting "Body Positivity at OSU" to focus on the way body positivity and eating disorders are addressed at OSU. We will be bringing in professors and students from the different colleges at OSU to talk about their personal experiences through a virtual discussion. The goal of this event is to better understand the climate surrounding these issues, and hopefully discuss ways to improve the way we talk about body positivity and eating disorders. We will also be discussing body positivity and eating disorders at large, how they specifically affect college students, and what we can do to help!

Friday, February 26

Zumba for YOU

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.


This is a 60-minute dance party designed for you.  Your shape, size and dance talent will shine.  During this dance session you will shake, shimmy and rock your body to some great, Latin and Hip Hop songs.  You will burn some calories, condition some muscles and flex your balance all hidden in the party.  Bring a smile and let’s sweat together.

The Weight of Stigma in a Diet Culture World

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Weight stigma is a pervasive issue that affects people of all shapes and sizes, particularly people in larger bodies. This interactive presentation will explore factors that contribute to weight bias and its harmful effects, myths around Body Mass Index and weight loss, and how movements like Health At Every Size and Intuitive Eating improve health outcomes from a holistic approach.

Gender Identity and Body Acceptance

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Gender identity has a great impact on how someone expresses and views their body. For trans and nonbinary individuals, gender dysphoria can be incredibly distressing and make body acceptance and positivity difficult. At this event, SDES will discuss some ways that dysphoria is experienced as well as coping strategies, as some of our members have personal experience with both. We will then talk about how gender identity intersects with other mental health issues and provide info on resources located in the Columbus community. This event will also cover some ways that cisgender people can support people whose bodies do not conform to the gender binary.

Students who attend this session will be entered to win a prize!

Art Therapy for Self-Care

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Relieve stress and boost your mood with art! This body positive art therapy session will encourage you to express yourself and relax. Registration is required as art supplies are provided.

Sign up for any Love Your Body Week event through our Love Your Body Week Sign Up Form to receive reminders and Zoom links directly in your inbox. Students who attend any event during Love Your Body Week will be entered to win a prize!

Individuals who are in need of accomodations, such as closed captioning, to attend one of our events, can request via the Love Your Body Week Sign Up Form or by emailing Jordan Helcberiger at