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
Email for interest: BodyProject@urmc.rochester.edu
*Please allow 5-10 business days to receive a response.