'Redefining Normal' theme of Body Image Awareness Week Feb. 26-March 2

'Redefining Normal' theme of Body Image Awareness Week Feb. 26-March 2

"Redefining Normal" is the theme of this year's Body Image Awareness Week sponsored by the St. Thomas Wellness Center, Student Health Services and Personal Counseling.

The week's events include:

Monday, Feb. 26
An information table staffed by Registered Dietician Kay Guidarelli and free healthy snacks will be available from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Koch Commons.

Tuesday, Feb. 27
Learn how to make healthy food choices on campus at an information table from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. outside the Student Dining Room. Beth Cotton, R.N., of Student Health Services, can tell you about the new Nutrition Club on campus, and you can learn more about the new U.S.D.A. "food pyramid" and portion control.

That evening speaker Dr. Jillian Croll, director of research and community education for the Emily Program, will give a presentation about media influences on body image at 6:30 p.m. in Room 126 (auditorium) of John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts. Her presentation asks: When it comes to body image, has our sense of what is normal been altered by advertising and the media?

The Emily Program is a Twin Cities-based outpatient treatment program that provides comprehensive psychological, nutritional, and medical care for individuals with eating disorders. Croll, who also is a registered dietician and has a master of public health degree as well as a doctorate in nutrition and epidemiology, spent seven years at Methodist Hospital's Eating Disorders Institute as a clinical dietitian and director of research, education and outreach clinical practice Director. Previously, she was involved in eating disorder program development and clinical work in Vermont. She is currently on the board of directors of the Academy for Eating Disorders and is co-chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Nutrition Special Interest Group. She is also a member of the American Dietetic Association and the SCAN dietetic practice group. She is the author of numerous book chapters and articles addressing nutritional treatment of eating disorders, body image, sports participation, adolescent health and disordered eating.

There is also an opportunity to have a free healthy dinner with a registered dietician at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. The dinner is open to the first 25 students who sign up by e-mailing wellnessctr@stthomas.edu.

Wednesday, Feb. 28
Meet athletic trainer Karen Karlsen at noon under the arches for a brisk walk to the Wellness House, 2080 Grand Ave., where free healthy snacks and beverages will be served and where you can get your Body Fat Index measured.

Thursday, March 1
Registered Dietician Kay Guidarelli will staff an information table outside the Student dining Room from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Get information about healthy food choices.

Friday, March 2
Find an information table from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Grill. Learn about healthy food choices on campus, from the Student Dining Room and Scooter's to the Grill, the Pit Stop and vending machines.