Be Body Positive Campus Leadership Programs

The Body Positive offers an exciting, research-based leadership training for initiating powerful, student-driven programs aimed at building Body Positive high school and college campuses. We provide the training and educational materials needed for students and staff to become Body Positive leaders who work to establish a social climate in the school community where healthy eating, a positive body image, and excellent self-care are the norm.

Leadership teams create a Body Positive program tailored to meet the specific needs of their school. The training and educational materials prepare teams to conduct ongoing Body Positive groups, education, and activism projects in a variety of settings on campus to address the self-destructive, isolating struggles many students experience with their body image, eating, and exercise.

How to Get Involved

Our Be Body Positive Leadership Summit is a 3-day training that happens each summer in Berkeley, CA. High school/college students and educators/professionals who work with youth in schools or out of school time programs are invited to join us as we prepare the next group of passionate trailblazers to bring Body Positivity to their campus. Although we don’t train middle school students to be leaders, we do have curriculum for this age group and invite educators and school professionals at the middle school level to join us at the Summit.

We are also available to travel to your campus. Click here to learn about the ways we can support you in your community.

If you are eager to get started before attending a training, we’ve created a How-To Guide for starting a Body Positive book club. This guide is designed for students, but can also be used by professionals.

Please reach out to our Program Manager Naomi Finkelstein (naomi@thebodypositive.org) with questions.

“Every student leader and staff member who participated in the Be Body Positive training here at Cornell University had the opportunity to transform their perception of health and beauty, reclaim these concepts in a much deeper way and to take ownership of how these ideas are treated in their own communities...What is most thrilling to me is that The Body Positive will not only change the lives of those directly involved in group sessions but that it will have ripple effects on campus and in our communities for generations of students to come.”
— Clint Wattenberg,  Cornell Sports Dietitian

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Be Body Positive
Leadership summit

Create a Body Positive culture on your school campus that fosters a celebration of diverse beauty and identities, healthy body image, self-love, and positive relationships with food and exercise.

August 4-6, 2017
Rudramandir Center
830 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA
(wheelchair accessible)
Take advantage of early bird pricing through april 15!
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A 2014 study conducted by researchers at Stanford University provides quantitative support for our program's success.

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I was diagnosed with "Eating Disorder, Not otherwise specified" last year, but I had been struggling for much longer than that. I started my unhealthy spiral in high school, using extreme dieting in an attempt to lose weight and punishing myself for my "failures" by obsessively examining my muffin top and other undesirable body parts in the mirror.  When I ate an unacceptable food group (ice cream, bread, chocolate, a burger) I would force myself to purge.  It largely became my whole life - If I wasn’t actively calculating the calories of my next meal, the workouts I would have to do this week to deserve to eat, I was mentally comparing myself to those around me and berating myself for not eating good enough, looking good enough... It's been 5 years since I began that spiral of self hatred, bingeing and purging, and the only reason I've been able to get out of it was my Body Positive experience. The biggest, most obvious result is that I have not purged since our first class together - a huge success for me.  But this experience has really done so much more than that. I've been able to tell that voice in my head repeating the mantra "you are not enough" to go sit in the corner and stop interrupting my day. I've stopped weighing myself. Sometimes I eat bread, even if it's WHITE bread.  And I've started loving myself - my stretch marks, cellulite, belly and thighs.  All these milestones are little milestones for some, but they have helped me reclaim control over myself and my life through love and self-care. The Body Positive experience did that for me.

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