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Body Talk Peer Health Advocates

We strive to empower students to examine societal norms, cultural impositions, and personal relationships with their bodies and create a campus environment more accepting of these conversations by providing safe spaces to discuss issues related to body image and hosting educational workshops.

Aashana Daru

Body Talk Student Coordinator

she/they | Second Year | Major(s): Biological Sciences

"Bodies are the only thing we have in common; not the way our bodies look or feel, but the fact that we have all bodies. Instead of embracing our differences, diet culture and a largely fatphobic society have constantly kept us uncomfortable with our bodies. Through BodyTalk, I hope to instigate conversations about this with my peers and inspire a more comfortable experience of self––for myself, and for all of us!"

Melissa Bueno

she/her/hers | Second Year | Major(s): Biochemistry & Chemistry

"I've had my fair share of exposure to the toxic unreachable standards that the media and society set. Rather than add to the toxic community, I want to help counter that and be active in conversations about body image, healthy lifestyles, and self love. Especially because self- confidence is key to having and keeping a healthy lifestyle including mental health. Thus, as someone who is still working towards accepting and loving my own body, I hope to support others, and continue educating myself, to build healthy relationships with their own bodies."

Daniella Conner

Daniella Conner

she/her/hers | Third Year | Major(s): Biology & Comparative Human Development

"Although the representation of different bodies is increasing in the media, I recognize that there is still work to be done towards eliminating the confinement of beauty to a single, physical appearance. I firmly believe that, in order to bring about change as a society, it is important to begin with the individual. Self-acceptance and self-love do not happen overnight or (often) alone. I joined the PHA program to contribute to creating a safe and supportive atmosphere on campus where everyone can be free to share their struggles, knowing that they will be received with open ears and without judgment. In a generation that has ingrained self-deprecation into our culture, I want to work towards the normalization of self-love by spreading awareness and solidifying an emotional and resource support network."

Nidhi Talasani

she/her/hers | Third Year | Major(s): Biological Sciences

"With the growing presence of social media and its effect on societal expectations, it’s becoming increasingly important for us to learn to be comfortable in our own skin. Through Body Talk, I want to help reframe the conversation surrounding body image and promote body positivity. By becoming a PHA I hope to learn from discussions I have with my peers and grow as an individual."

Self-Care UnMasked: 

In November 2020, Body Talk hosted a workshop exposing myths around self-care. "Self-care" is a term that is thrown around all the time, but what does it really mean? From its roots in the Black Panther Party to its commercialization by beauty brands today, self-care is truly a multilayered concept. Now more than ever, it is important to recognize these intricacies and make time to practice self-care.

Blank Slate: BodyTalk x Outside the Lines Virtual Figure Drawing Session:

This Valentine’s Day, join Outside the Lines and BodyTalk to make some works of (he)art! After a short discussion on the power of art and representation in the movement/experience of body positivity, we will be joined by a live model on Zoom for a session of figure drawing.

Navigating Nutrition: Examining Health at Every Size® as a Social Justice Framework:

The BodyTalk PHAs are so excited to host a conversation with Christyna Johnson, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who works to promote a nutrition philosophy rooted in Health at Every Size. Ms. Johnson (@EncouragingDietician on Instagram) uses social media as a resource to educate and promote a wide range of issues, such as food morality, intuitive eating, and the intersection of nutrition and social justice. Join us over zoom to learn more about intuitive eating and Health at Every Size® as ways to form a sustainable personal relationship with your body!

Clean Foods, Junk Foods, and Super Foods: Discussing and Dismantling Notions of Food Morality

Body Talk hosted a session aimed at dismantling and discussing notions of food morality and its deep ties to diet culture, fatphobia, and weight stigmatization. While many of us have grown used to labeling food as ‘junk’ or ‘healthy’, ‘guilt-free’ or an ‘indulgence’, ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ the BodyTalk PHAs want to remind you that food is just food! It can fuel us, comfort us, and bring us joy – but it should not have an inherent morality.

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