Body Image Awareness
RPIC trainees visited health classes of grades 7-10 in a rural school to present on body image for one day. The presentation consisted of viewing clips from two documentary films: Tough Guise and Killing Us Softly. Both films challenge the media and society's representation of the "ideal body." The trainees facilitated a discussion among the students about body image and their reactions toward the films. Students were provided with various handouts, which focused on improving body image and challenging media's representation of the ideal body. It is hoped that this presentation will be utilized in other rural communities.
Newspaper Contributions. In conjunction with the Body Image presentations, several rural newspapers were contacted in communities RPIC has a presence in. Two pressrooms responded with interest to run several short pieces about body image, supplied by the RPIC team. Articles were drafted, reviewed by an advisor, and sent to the papers. The articles included information on body image, media's effect on body image, and eating disorders. Each also included further resources for more information. Through the connections made in this endeavor, RPIC hopes to execute similar outreach projects using the newspapers in the future.