The Body Positive is a support and activism group that meets bi-weekly in the WRC. We believe that women can make the choice to love and accept themselves just as they are, and that we can fight against the messages we get daily that tell us we're not good enough and that we have to change ourselves. In TBP, women learn how to move and eat intuitively and how to love their bodies and themselves for the beautiful, amazing and unique individuals they already are.
My name is Jessi Bailey and I am one of facilitators of The Body Positive group at St. Mary's. I came to the group the end of my first year and fell in love. This is a supportive groups full of like minded ladies who focus on having a positive relationship with our bodies, food and movement. I have made many unique and intimate friendships with the other members in Saint Mary’s group, as well as the larger organization (www.thebodypositive.org). Since joining I have made monumental strides in my own personal development as a young woman on the Saint Mary’s College campus. Body Positive has helped me realize I am more than a number and has been a key component in my growth towards loving my body, and leaving behind negative body image issues. The Body Positive meets every other Thursday in the Women’s Resource Center at 5:30pm and the meetings generally go until 7:00pm. Every meeting is full of wonderful food, company, and lively discussion. We discuss topics centered on body image, identity, weight, etc. The group is a safe space to share without judgment or resentment, the members and facilitators serve as a positive support network for each other. Please don't hesitate to come check out our group!
P.S. Check out this video to hear stories of college students who've been involved with The Body Positive.
My name is Audrey Chase and I am one of facilitators of The Body Positive group here at Saint Mary's. I joined Body Positive my freshman year and was instantly hooked. Throughout the years I have struggled with negative body image issues that have stemmed from the media as well as family. One of my friends recommended Body Positive to me and I decided to check it out. I was overwhelmed by the supportiveness of the group as well as the shared goals of learning to love and accept your body and all it provides for you. This is a unique group of ladies who help each other discover beauty in themselves, develop a love of food, and find a system of movement that works for them. Over the years, I have made many lasting friendships with the wonderful women in this group and have progressed in developing a deep love and appreciation of my body.