Next week, Feb. 27th– March 2nd, SUNY Cortland will hold its 14th annual Body Appreciation Week. This year’s Body Appreciation Week, themed “Be Free, Be You”, will feature events intended to promote body awareness and acceptance. All Body Appreciation Week events are free and are open to the campus community and the public.
“Our purpose is to enlighten the campus on the dangers of disordered eating and make it a place where resources are available,” said Billie Jean Goff, interim director of the College’s Counseling Center and founder of the College’s Body Appreciation Week. “Above all, we just want people to be healthy. Healthy attitude, healthy behaviors, just enjoying life without obsessing over things like image or calories.”
Body Appreciation Week’s events include an artwork exhibit that promotes positive self-image and student performances. As the highlight event of the week, Doris and Tom Smeltzer, the parents of a college student who lost her life to an eating disorder, will present the Wellness Wednesday discussion on Feb. 29. “Andrea’s Voice: Silenced by Bulimia”. The Smeltzers will discuss their daughter’s one-year battle with bulimia and take a deeper look into disordered eating from her parent’s perspective.
In addition, the College’s faculty and staff will have the opportunity to donate a $1 per day to dress down during Body Appreciation Week. All the proceeds will go toward the Michael Holland Scholarship Fund.
For more information on 2012 Body Appreciation Week, click here.