Title

Promoting healthy body image at Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 7-10-2006

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle

Publication Place

Fremantle

Abstract

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus, recently hosted a Healthy Happy Bodies seminar coordinated by the Young Christian Student Movement.

Nearly 300 private and government secondary school students from across the metropolitan attended the day event. The focus was to promote positive body image and healthy wellbeing and included talks from guest speakers on social, mental, physical and spiritual health. There were also performances and special presentations conducted by some of the high school students.

Topics discussed throughout the seminar included the influence of the media, physiological well-being, eating disorders and healthy eating and exercise habits. The event was part of a wider campaign to fight the negative effects of poor body image in society.

Spokesperson Vicky Burrows said the day was extremely successful. The idea was initiated by a group of students concerned about their friends’ negative attitudes towards their bodies.

“Happy Health Bodies was such a success that we are in the process of taking these workshops to individual schools and we are planning an event during the coming school holidays which will look at Personal Body Image and Self Esteem,” she said.