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Body Project

The Body Project is an evidence-based body acceptance program offered in a group setting that provides a safe space for adolescent girls and young women to confront and challenge unrealistic appearance ideals through group discussion and interactive activities. The program seeks to give participants knowledge in developing a healthier body image and self-esteem.

Facilitators are from multidisciplinary backgrounds working on this project with the Division of Adolescent Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center.

What Are the Objectives of the Body Project?

  • Define the “appearance” ideal and explore its origin
  • Examine the costs of pursuing this ideal
  • Explore ways to resist pressures to conform to unrealistic standards of beauty
  • Discuss how to challenge personal body-related concerns
  • Learn new ways to talk more positively about our bodies
  • Talk about how we can best respond to future pressures to conform to societal standards of beauty​

About the Program

Demographic: Adolescent girls and women ages 12-26 years old

Potential groups this program can be implemented in: Community-based organizations, high schools, colleges, clubs, sports teams, Girl Scouts, dance studios, gymnasiums, summer camps, recreation centers

Time Commitment for group participants: Four weekly sessions - 60 minutes each. Sessions can be done virtually or in-person. An adult from CBO/school/college must be present at all groups.

Size of group: 10-15 participants maximum

Cost: Free

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