Office of Student Life

Student Wellness Center

Love Your Body Week: Monday, February 22

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.


Join Dining Services for a educational discussion on Intuitive Eating. Participants will learn an introduction to Intuitive Eating (the first four principals) and talk about being attuned to your body. Diet culture and ways to make your social surroundings more body positive will also be discussed.

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!

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