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Body Positive Kentucky

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Body Positive Kentucky provides a safe, supportive environment to teach students the Be Body Positive™ Model, which shifts the focus from attempting to “fix what’s wrong” with your body to improving and maintaining self-care behaviors that are motivated by positive rather than punishing forces.

The five core competencies of this model, which you can learn about below, promote a healthy, confident relationship to the body so that we can live peacefully in our bodies. 

Research conducted at Stanford University in 2014 showed that this model is strongly associated with self-compassion, healthy eating and exercise, more satisfying relationships, emotional well-being, and lower levels of anxiety.

  • The Be Body Positive Model: Core Competencies

    Reclaim health

    Goals:

    • Uncover the messages that have influenced your relationships with your body, food and exercise.
    • Develop a weight-neutral, health-centered approach to self-care.

    Benefit:

    • Become the authority of your own body by sorting out facts from distorted societal myths about health, weight and identity.

    Practice intuitive self-care

    Goals:

    • Learn to listen to – and follow – your body’s wisdom.
    • Acquire tools and resources to help you eat, exercise and live intuitively.

    Benefit:

    • Trust your innate wisdom to guide you daily.

    Cultivate self-love

    Goals:

    • Develop a practice of self-love.
    • Employ compassion, forgiveness and humor as you leave behind the need for self-criticism.

    Benefit:

    • Gain confidence and free up energy to make life-affirming choices.

    Declare your own authentic beauty

    Goals:

    • Experiences beauty as a creative, dynamic process.
    • Inhabit your unique body with joy and confidence.

    Benefit:

    • Expand your imagination to behold authentic beauty in yourself and others.

    Build community

    Goals:

    • Connect to others through a shared positive approach to beauty, health and identity.
    • Role model love and respect for your own body. 

    Benefit:

    • Build community to support your Body Positive lifestyle.

    To learn more, visit thebodypositive.org.

  • What is the group format and who can participate?

    • Groups are interactive and are made up of up to eight to 10 people.  Students of all ages, sizes, sexual orientations, genders, ethnicities, abilities and socioeconomic levels are welcome.
    • Groups are co-led by a UHS dietitian with the support of another staff member/clinician/health educator, as available. 
  • When do groups meet?

    Groups are offered in the fall and spring semesters and meet once a week for four weeks. Each session lasts about an hour. Snacks provided. 

    Please complete this form if you are interested. 

    If you have questions or would like more information, please contact shannon.winke@uky.edu.

    This is not a therapy group. If you think you may have an eating disorder or any other eating concerns, we recommend contacting the UK Eating Concerns Treatment Team.