Each year, the Thursday of Healthy Weight Week (third week in January) is devoted to women, to honor size diversity and “confirm that beauty, health and strength come in all sizes, and that talent, love and compassion cannot be weighed.” Awards this year go to two winners.
Best program: Reflections Body Image Program
Developed at Trinity University in San Antonio, this research-based program combats media images of female beauty. As part of its national launch, Fat Talk Free Week was created, featuring a viral video email to raise consciousness about Fat Talk and body dissatisfaction among women. Research shows it’s seeing success: 48% of women at one college who said they “felt fat almost every day” reported eight months later they felt that way never or less than half the time).
Sponsored by the National Organization for Women Foundation, this website provides encouragement, and perhaps more importantly, tools to help girls and women “just say no” to destructive media images. It also raises awareness about women’s health. Its message: “…be healthy and love yourself regardless of what the scale says.” In 2009, it will collaborate with the Reflections program to sponsor Fat Talk Free Week in October, the month that NOW promotes its own Love Your Body Day.
Check out both these websites for great information on what you can do to promote size acceptance and good health among women tomorrow and every day. While you’re at it, also consider signing the HAES (Health at Every Size) pledge on Linda Bacon’s website Health at Every Size. She’s also developing a registry to help folks find HAES resources throughout the country.
Another subject entirely: For a good laugh, check out The FitBottomed Girls blog post on the Celine Dion Workout!
If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.