Love Your Body Week kicks off on Monday, February 27 with Mirrorless Monday. Residence halls across campus will have their mirrors covered to promote positive body esteem. Students and staff are encouraged to write positive affirmations on the covered mirrors as a statement of acceptance and love for their bodies. Help celebrate you!
Does America have an unhealthy obsession with beauty? At 6:30 p.m. stop by the Student Union to see America the Beautiful, a documentary filmed over a four year time period, which follows the life of a teen model, explores the cosmetic industry, and leaves the audience asking themselves important questions regarding their own obsession with beauty. View the film trailer here. A Q&A and panel discussion with eating disorder and body image pyschotherapist Aviva E. Braun, LCSW and Dyson Professor and author of Feminist, Inc. Emilie Zaslow, PhD, will follow.
Also on February 27-March 2, don’t fight your genes, change your jeans! Drop off the jeans you no longer wear at Pace Residence Halls or at the Counseling Center. All jeans will be donated to a local charity.
On Tuesday, February 28, Ask the Dietitian. Have questions regarding nutrition, eating healthy on campus, or how to properly fuel your body? Stop by the nutrition booth in the One Pace Plaza kiosk and ask licensed dietitian, Laura Moretti, RD, with Columbus Park Collaborative, and get free consultation regarding your nutritional health.
Later that evening, the Schimmel Center opens its doors to a story of an eating disorder, loss, and hope. Inspired her journal writings, Someday Melissa is a documentary about a teenager’s struggle with bulimia. Following the screening, a panel discussion will be moderated by WABC-TV Anchor Diana Williams. Panelists include: Judy Avrin, filmmaker and mother of Melissa; Danna Markson, LCSW, Eating Disorders Specialist and Co-Executive Producer; Kimberly Dennis, MD, Medical Director, Timberline Knolls; and Vic Avon, author, activist, and NEDA Spokesperson. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the film begins at 7:00 p.m. For tickets please visit the NEDA website. (suggested donation of $10, but free for Pace students)
On Wednesday, February 29, and Thursday, March 1, the Multipurpose Room transforms into a stage for phat girls by Debbie Lamedman, a full-length play depicting the struggle many women experience dealing with weight and body image concerns. The audience will be transported from childhood to adulthood, witnessing the stories of how real women survive in a body-conscious society and eventually follow their journey toward self-acceptance. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the play will begin at 7:30 p.m. A Q&A and panel discussion will follow with Director Chris Giordano, cast, and Dr. Karen Weiss on opening night.
In addition to Love Your Body Week, the Counseling Center is hosting events as part of Wellness Week. On Monday, February 27, take part in a Jeopardy-style trivia game to test your knowledge and learn some facts about gender issues, gender differences, and sexuality at Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby.
What do Kim Kardashian and Cinderella have to teach us about happily ever after? On March 1, learn about what really makes a relationship healthy at Things People in Relationships Say.
Finally, on March 2, join the Counseling Center for an evening of storytelling about addiction, cravings, and love at Drinking…A Love Story? from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the 2nd Floor Fulton Street Lounge.