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Graffiti for health, positive body image

Monday, March 7, 2011

Laura Cates and Danica Petzel

Laura Cates, left, and Danica Pelzel encourage graffiti during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

To mark National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, students from SNAC (Sensible Nutrition and body image Choices) turned art into advice.

The group, sponsored by Lafene Health Center, asked fellow students to decorate a graffiti board in Hoffman Lounge recently. The board  then moved to the Union.

Among the student peer education volunteers were Beth Troutt, dietetics major; Karalie Richards, public health nutrition; Danica Pelzel, nutrition, dietetics and kinesiology; Laura Cates, dietetics; and Alice Arensdorf, dietetics.

Week-long activities included a film called "American The Beautiful", a presentation by Linda Yarrow called "Fighting the Beast Within," and yoga. SNAC's mission is to educate the K-State community about healthy eating strategies and body image and to reduce the prevalence of harmful eating attitudes and negative body image.

The theme was Be Healthy, Be Confident, Be You.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Monday, March 7, 2011, and is filed under College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management.