The Body Positive teaches people how to overcome conflicts with their bodies so they can lead happier, more productive lives. We are dedicated to inspiring youth and adults to value their health, unique beauty, and identity so they can use their vital resources of time, energy, and intellect to make positive changes in their own lives and in the world.
We deliver our Be Body Positive Model through:
- Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!)
- Student leadership training and mentoring
- Educational videos for grades K-12
- Professional training for clinicians, educators, and athletic trainers
- Public workshops, parent education, and book talks
- Online activism campaigns, such as ThisIsBeauty.org
Because of the generosity of our supporters, we made great strides in 2014. Here are some highlights from our work this past year:
- We released Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!) at a launch party at Stanford University on June 1st. Proceeds from sales of 500 books purchased through a gift from a longtime supporter have gone into our scholarship fund. Sales on Amazon and other online outlets continue to expand rapidly in addition to purchases directly from us.
- In our research project with Stanford University, we trained 21 student leaders to run 5 eight-week support groups. Final results will be published this year.
- We conducted six Body Positive leadership trainings in California, Colorado, Florida, and Washington, D.C. for 140 student and school staff leaders. 55 student leaders received scholarships.
- Nearly 100 people attended six Be Body Positive workshops for the general public in Berkeley and Seattle, including four on full scholarships and 18 receiving partial scholarships.
- We reached: 400 health professionals through our new online Body Positive Psychotherapy course and in-person events; 750 parents, educators, and students through community gatherings, and many individuals heard our message through TV, internet, and print media.
This year we will greatly expand our reach as we work to end the harmful consequences of negative body image: eating disorders, depression, anxiety, cutting, suicide, substance abuse, and relationship violence. We are especially concerned about poor body image in teens and young adults. With the inspiration and skills provided by The Body Positive, those who work with us are free to live balanced, joyful, and purposeful lives, and surmount the major obstacles to achieving their academic goals and healthy relationships.