UConn S.H.A.P.E.

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S.H.A.P.E. (Students Helping to Achieve Positive Esteem)

UConn S.H.A.P.E. is a peer education group that strives to promote accepting attitudes towards all body shapes and sizes while helping to encourage self esteem and positive body image.

UConn S.H.A.P.E also fosters awareness about eating disorders, the warning signs, and the resources available for support on campus. Through presentations, events, and discussions, S.H.A.P.E peer educators provide knowledge and aid to the entire UConn community.

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  • Give group presentations and lead discussions on body image, media influences, recognizing warning signs of disordered eating and how to help a friend.
  • Help direct students to campus resources for support.
  • Organize events at UConn that promote positive body image and self esteem.

UConn S.H.A.P.E Yearly Events

  • UConn S.H.A.P.E. provides interactive presentations and workshops to classes and residence halls throughout the academic year on warning signs of eating disorders, how to help a friend, body image, self esteem, media and body image, and resources on campus for support.
  • UConn S.H.A.P.E. actively participates in:

UConn S.H.A.P.E. Training

  • We hold a training session at the beginning of each semester with all members to go over information about eating disorders, positive and negative body image, how to help a friend, campus resources, influence of the media, and more.
  • In addition, all members learn techniques for facilitating workshops and good communication skills. UConn S.H.A.P.E also incorporates interactive activities to promote group bonding.
  • All members take turns facilitating “internal development” at weekly meetings, as well as well as observe sample presentations given by fellow UConn S.H.A.P.E. members.

UConn S.H.A.P.E. as a Peer Education Group

  • As one of 30+ peer education groups on campus, UConn S.H.A.P.E operates through Student Health Services and provides students with the opportunity to gain experience by becoming trained peer educators. These experiences include:
    • Public speaking
    • Facilitation of discussions
    • Handling sensitive body image related topics
    • Effectively work in groups
  • Being a UConn S.H.A.P.E peer educator is a great way to get involved around campus, take on new leadership roles, and network with other passionate peer educators.
  • To apply to become a UConn S.H.A.P.E member, please fill out the application and email it to S.H.A.P.E. at shape.uconn@gmail.com.

UConn S.H.A.P.E. hosts The Body Project

The Body Project is an evidenced-based body image program that decreases eating disorders risk factors. It is a workshop that teaches students to recognize pressures in society to obtain the thin-ideal and speak out against the thin-ideal. The program enforces self-acceptance and body peace, and helps students actively promote positive self-esteem and body image. This workshop includes several engaging activities and scenarios that enrich participants and allow them to bond. Every workshop has two, 2-hour sessions to be completed within a week of each other. The Body Project is facilitated by S.H.A.P.E. peer educators. Please contact S.H.A.P.E. at shape.uconn@gmail.com for more information or to sign-up or to plan a Body Project for your organization.

*For additional information about the program go to http://www.bodyprojectsupport.org/home *

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