Loving ourselves is clearly the first step toward creating love in the world, but sometimes it is the hardest. Consumer pressures emphasize all that we should do differently with our bodies -- if we're never good enough, maybe we'll buy more stuff. There are several local and national groups working to counter this message:
NOW sponsors Love Your Body Day on October 17th -- they offer many resources for community organizing.
Girlformation offers body image camps:
Two Body Image Camps!
Two Body Image camps will be running this fall. The first camp will take place on Saturday September 29th & Sunday September 30th in Waldoboro, Maine. The second Body Image Camp will run on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday December 9th in the Fryeburg area. The camps run from 10 AM-3PM on both days, and transportation is not provided.
Each day the group of 6-10 girls, ranging in age from 12-14, will meet with facilitators, Kathleen Hastings, RN, social worker Christina Francis, LCSW, and Carrie Charpentier, certified elementary teacher, to discuss themes pertaining to positive and negative images that society and culture have created in respect to women's bodies.
The Body Image Camp is free to participants and there are a limited number of available spaces filled on a first come, first serve basis. Both days a catered lunch will be available to participants. After attending both seminar days, participants will receive a $100 gift card to Target and families will receive a $50 gas card to reimburse travel expenses. If you would like to participate in one of the two Body Image Camps, please contact us., and indicate if you are interested in the September camp or the December camp.