Body acceptance day offers experts, information, activity

Helping people examine their attitudes toward eating and body image is the motivation for Body Acceptance and Eating Awareness Day—Wednesday, Feb. 16—National Eating Disorders Screening Program.

SUNY Oswego will offer free, anonymous education and screening for eating disorders from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hewitt Union Ballroom. Local residents are welcomed and encouraged to attend this free event.

“For some of us, the desire to attain a particular shape or size becomes an obsession,” said Dr. Barbara Streets, a counselor at the SUNY Oswego Counseling Services Center. “The focus on food, dieting and exercise extends beyond what is normal or healthy and leads to dangerous health consequences and emotional pain.”

A highlight of the day will be a presentation from 12:45 to 2 p.m. titled “Path Toward Body and Self-Appreciation.” Experts will share strategies for promoting body and self-appreciation.

Those attending the day’s program can explore the freedom and fun of their own body by participating in “Dance Dance Revolution,” take a short self-test assessing their eating attitudes and talk briefly with a counselor about the results.

There will also be healthy food samples, an “ask the fitness trainer” booth, videos to watch, and free education brochures.

Representatives from Ophelia’s Place, a resource haven for all affected by eating disorders, will be present to answer questions about recovery from an eating disorder.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations to attend this event should contact the Counseling Services Center at 312-4416 in advance.

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(Posted: Feb 03, 2005)