Campus Rec encourages body positivity

It’s everyone’s favorite week of the year on campus, Love your Body Week, a time for the Campus Rec community to gather together and promote self-love throughout the student body. There are events being held throughout the week such as Ladies’ Lifting, free smoothies, free massages and an event called Zumbathon, which are all being put on to promote positive body image and celebration across campus.

All students are invited to partake in the week’s activities.

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One of the week’s activities included a lecture by Julie Duffy Dillon on mindful eating.

This event annually occurs at Elon and is a keystone celebration for the health community, as there is a growing issue in our nation of body image and how people look negatively on their personal health and condition. The truth is that, in a world filled with images of beautiful women strewn across billboards and scantily-clad models advertising products on TV, and these influences subtly target young women, setting unrealistic expectations and making them believe that’s how their bodies should look.

Love Your Body week is Elon’s response to that sickness that is gripping our nation, the idea that there is a correct way for how everyone should look and that they’re unworthy of love until they reach that standard. The campus fights these stigmas by promoting positive thinking concerning health and body image.

For instance, the department asked students and workers to fill out little cards that say, “I love my ___________ ,” in which students write in one particular body part which promotes specific body love. The employees pinned these on yarn and hung them up around the fitness center to promote a positive atmosphere in the facility.

Laney Rubenstein, a Campus Recreation student employee had a large hand in the planning and executing of the week’s festivities, and had this to say about the week, “Love Your Body is my favorite event that we put on annually, because it’s such a good cause to get around and support.”

Rubenstein is a group exercise instructor with Campus Rec and will be putting her skills to use at the last event of the week, Zumbathon, which is happening Friday, the 24th at 4pm. Students, regardless of whether or not they have a group exercise pass, are invited to Jordan Gym to move and celebrate their bodies with the rest of the student body. The first 100 students will receive free tank tops that are handed out at the door, which promote body positivity as well.

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Regardless of where people stand in their college careers or how often they frequent the gym, everyone should come out and enjoy the events of the week.
“Love Your Body week isn’t just a week, it’s a celebration that carries beyond that,” says Rubenstein, “we’re just here to get the ball rolling.”

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